I have an interesting dilemma. My family recently moved into a large house, it’s quite nice, has heavy (perhaps too heavy) hardwood floors, etc. but we’ve noticed as the weather has gotten colder the floors squeak. While walking the house we also noticed slopes in unexpected places. E.g., a >1" deviation for 10’ in some areas where the floor slopes. We had a foundation expert come in and they confirmed our foundation is “excellent” and very level. This then points to a couple things:
- The hardwood floor is too heavy, resulted in sagging on the main floor where the sloping/squeaks are prominent
- Settling in the house forcing
- Very poor construction work
It seems like all 3 might come in play. Besides the sloping we’ve seen some basic (luckily easy to fix) workmanship flaws. So based on this I was wondering the following:
Are there floor slope building regulations? i.e., is this a must fix, or should we seek compensation from the sellers?
Any suggestions on how best to fix this? It seems at least with the bottom floor this could be fixed by adding jacks + new floor joists. However, if I’m going to fix this once I’d like to do a full and complete job, and not just add floor joists randomly.
Is there anything I should do to monitor the situation to see if it gets worse and if the house is still settling?
thanks much for any advice you can give.