Crawl Space Structural Floor Repairs in Northwest Indiana

Crawl Space Floor Joists, Sill Plate, and Beam Repair

structural-floor-repairsNorthwest Crawl Space Repair can repair your sagging floors and restore the structure of the crawl space to new without rebuilding.
Crawl spaces are designed with a wooden floor structure that is susceptible to wood rot from moisture and sagging floors from undersized or over-spanned floor supports.
In either case, we can repair rot or termite damaged floor joists, sill plates, and beams; or install new crawlspace support beams to stabilize the floor.

Floor Joist Repair

The Floor Joist is a vital supporting member as it supports the main floor (typically every 16″ on center). In most homes, they are 2×8’s or 2×10’s spanning from the center beam to the sill plate. A damaged floor joist may require different types of repairs, and the repair is determined by the problem the floor is experiencing. If the joist end is rotted, it can be sistered four feet past the rot in the board. If the joist is sagging, it may require a full replacement joists and/or additional support beams.


Sill Plate Repair

A sill plate is most often a 2×4 or 2×6 board running horizontally along the top of the foundation. The plate is anchored to the foundation, and the floor joists are secured to it. In older homes, non-treated lumber was used as a sill plate; and as the first contact to moisture from the foundation, they are very susceptible to wood rot and termite infestation. As the sill plate becomes damaged, it causes the floor joists to sink into the plate causing the main floor to drop. This is most commonly noticed by a gap in between the floor and the baseboard or by drywall cracks around windows. Experienced professionals should be used sill plate replacement, as it requires the floor joists of the home to be jacked up off of the foundation to replace the sill plate.

Center Beam Repair

The center support beams carry the load of the floor joists down to the dirt floor of the crawlspace through the support piers. The most common beams found in crawl spaces are triple 2x8s and 2x10s. Many problems can occur with the beams to cause sagging floors. The beams can be over spanned between the piers, the beam can become weakened from wood rot or termites, and the beam can become unleveled from sinking piers. In any case, support  beams must be installed properly with the right sizing for load, pier spacing, and structural engineering. All wooden center beams should have as much ground clearance as possible and be shimmed correctly to level the floors.  Center beam repair should only be serviced by experienced professionals.

Sagging Floor Repair

One of the most common problems for homeowners in the Northwest Region with crawl spaces is sagging or bouncy floors. Sagging Floors can cause cracked ceramic tiles, damaged hardwood floors, drywall cracks, and sticking doors. The reasons for sagging floors can vary widely, and there is no one size fits all repair. An experienced sagging floor repair professional is necessary to determine the exact cause of the problem and corrective repair. We have replaced more bad repairs over the years than we care to so call Northwest Crawl Space Repair for your sagging floor repair.

Contact us today for your free, no obligation crawl space floor repair quote! We serve the Greater Northwest Indiana Region and many surrounding areas, including Burbank, Bridgman, Chesterton, Cicero, Crown Point, , Hammond, Hobart, Highland, Lake Station, La Porte, Merrillville, Michigan City, Munster, New Buffalo, Portage, Schererville, Valparaiso and nearby.

Northwest Crawl Space Repair
1947 Crisman Rd.
Portage, IN 46368
Phone: 219-841-5911