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if termites have weakened the floor joists even further over time. This type of floor slope is different from the first two, in that the floor slopes towards the center of the room instead of from one side to the other, and it’s also usually accompanied with a noticeable bounce when you walk across it, along with rattling of small objects in cabinets or on table tops.

   We recommend that you leave the crawling around under a house to someone like us who does it for a living, and wears protective equipment for the job. But you can often figure out most of what’s going on under the house by viewing it with a flashlight from any available openings in the perimeter.

   As part of our home inspection, we note any sloping floors and attempt to determine the cause of the problem. When the floor slope in significant, it’s usually accompanied by other signs of structural problems, such as wall cracks, jammed doors and windows, and cracked window panes. Structural repairs may be necessary. But if the floor slope is barely noticeable and there are no visible structural problems under the home, it might be best to chalk it up to “old house character” and enjoy the little quirks of your vintage home.

   To learn more about how to determine if a floor is out-of-level, go to our our blog “How can I tell if my floors are sloping?”


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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