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ontheDB
Structural Issue? Noticeable slant to middle of house

Hi all,

We live in an old house (built in 1814).

Our house is about 20 feet wide and 40 ft long. It is supported by an iron beam where the first floor joists rest on.

We have noticed that there is a slant from each side of the house towards the centre (where the beam is situated).
This is noticeable on the first floor and in the basement.
I would say the slant is less than 5 degrees, but am worried that is related to some other structural issues.

For example, soft soil underneath the house due to water damage or other structural problems.

Does anyone else have a similiar siutation or know of what type of spe******t I should see ?

Thanks!

MLB Construction
Re: Structural Issue? Noticeable slant to middle of house

you need a structural engineer that works in your local area to look at it.

dj1
Re: Structural Issue? Noticeable slant to middle of house

"For example, soft soil underneath the house due to water damage or other structural problems"

This part should concern you, and should be checked as well.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Structural Issue? Noticeable slant to middle of house

Something has sunk so the foundations under that beam are inadequate.

A good contractor who has dealt with similar issues locally that comes with recommendations may be enough here- engineers do have their place in the world, but are often not really needed. Experience and knowledge is the key and good contractors have both- plus they also have hands-on start-to-finish experience which lets them see related issues, which engineers almost always sorely lack. With some luck the fix won't be too bad but do expect some sheetrock or plaster cracking when the floors are raised back to level. A good contractor can make a good guess at what the extent of this will be; an engineer won't have a clue.

Phil

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