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Is a sloped bedroom floor a concern ?

Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by Tumble weed, Nov 6, 2019.

  1. Tumble weed

    Tumble weed Well-Known Forumite

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    I live in a terrace house within the town centre area, and it's about 80 or so years old, anyway the back bedroom slopes towards the garden, literally I put an aerosol can on the floor and it rolls towards the window, and the bedside drawers are always hanging open, and the bedroom door , always opens fully unless closed, added , I'm always pushing the bed back as it seems to drift a few inches down the room xD

    Think my old nans house, of a similar age , if not older has weird floors. Doesn't seem to affect anywhere else apart from this room though, like downstairs is fine, as is the basement, apart from the uneven trippy stairs leading down to the basement of course !

    Just wondering if all the older houses in town are a bit wacky.

    I don't mind it particularly, just one of those quirky things, ha.
     
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  3. Gramaisc

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    You will get a bit of this sort of thing in older houses - initial settlement plus, maybe, a bit of salt-extraction subsidence, depending on the location.

    It it hasn't fallen down and isn't still moving, then there shouldn't be much of an issue....




    Going round with your drawers hanging open may attract attention, though.
     
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    The (general) area might be of help??

    We have a similar problem in our bathroom, but only the bathroom, the bedroom alongside has no problem.....
     
  5. Tumble weed

    Tumble weed Well-Known Forumite

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    Literally in the town centre , near the Mc Donald's drive through / the old job centre.
     
  6. Tumble weed

    Tumble weed Well-Known Forumite

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    I'd still live here than a new build though , don't see the fascination with paying an overpriced sum for a incomplete mess ! Besides, this house was gutted ten years ago, so when I moved in , it was like a new home.
     
  7. Gramaisc

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    So, not far from the Common - I'm not sure of the history round there, but some salt extraction issues could well have happened in the past.

    If it is stable now, there shouldn't be a real issue.

    Watercourses, trees, drainage issues, etc., can all cause movement, but if it is ongoing, you should see some obvious new cracks, etc.

    Some older houses weren't built very 'true' in the first place...

    Floors can slope due to failing timbers, rather than moving brickwork, but they usually dip more in the middle, rather than sloping evenly to one side, unless its a damp issue from an outside wall..
     
  8. Tumble weed

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    Nah , no damp there , unless it's historic which may be, don't know what kind of state it was before the refurb, wouldn't surprise me if it hadn't been touched since it was build, the first sale on records was 2010 for 60k, so I'm guessing it was in a pretty sorry state, the only records I can find online are from what it looked like after the refurb was completed.
     
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    I had my back bedroom reboarded recently due to it sloping so bad you could slide your hand between the floorboards and skirting board.
    I had the front done as well but mainly because too many boards needed replacing anyway.
    It wasn't overly bad but we was recarpeting both rooms anyway so just got it sorted before it became an issue later.
     
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    About half mile outside the town centre then?!
    I think a lot of the rows round there have an age plaque somewhere on the frontage. I'd maybe ask for a bit of builders' advice on structure, unless you just like being quirky and like to take risks ;)
     
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    I did look into getting it refloored , but tbh , if it's not really affecting anything , I'd rather use that money towards a holiday. The floor is at most, a few mm away from the skirting , so it's more that likely been that way for years.
     
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    I’d say unless you’re planning on replacing your current carpet/other don’t bother, as others have said it won’t cause major issues, it’ll just be annoying.

    If you do ever decide to replace your carpet though, it would be wise to get it done at the same time while the room is clear. If anything it’ll help if you ever come to sell it
     
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    Just reminded me...my parents lived in a terrace house somewhere around there when they first got married. ( Address was Greyfriars)
     
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    The brine extraction process caused a lot of subsidence across the large areas on the north side of the town. Brine extraction ended in Stafford in 1970, so things should have mostly settled down since.

    It was covered on this thread earlier this year.
     
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    House right by me (fortunately not on my side of the Rd) has been underpinned twice since 1990's and and another once a few doors away :) They are both owned by Stafford & Rural homes, so it wouldn't cause problems for the renters.

    Our surveys showed no problems for us when we bought the house years ago, however we still get a random hairline crack that appears in the bathroom wall every few years, nowhere near as bad as your problem @Tumble weed
     
  16. perry081064

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    A lot of houses on my street have been treated with damp coursing using damp proofing rods , mine included .
    These are placed around the brickwork just above ground level.

    Some people get this confused with tie pinning , the difference being tie pinning rods could be spread out at any height and are used to support walls whereas damp coursing rods are usually placed a few bricks up from the ground and obviously prevent damp.

    tell tale signs of when a house may have been underpinned are filled fresh mortar on older properties highlighting the exterior crack ( not always if a good repair has been carried out) or major cracks on interior walls that keep coming back.
    Luckily i dont have any of those so im ok.

    my property is rented from stafford & rural homes , However i prefer where possible to maintain myself as i can choose whatever upgrades and quality of goods required. major works such as combi gas central heating and house rewiring were undertaken recently and are maintained by stafford & rural homes so everything is up to date on that front.
    Some may say why pay out yourself when its only rented , in my view though i wont be leaving here anytime soon unless im in a casket so its mine till i dont need it anymore ;)
     
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  17. Thehooperman

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    Silly question time

    Does the room below have the same problem? If so get it checked.

    Do your neighbours' houses have similar problems? If so get it checked.

    If no to the above check your floorboards and beams when you can.
     
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