A common Building Inspection defect in older homes is uneven flooring.
Ever noticed the undulating floor boards ? Sometimes the problem is plainly obvious to the naked eye ! Other times the problem may not seem so obvious, but there will always be little clues.
Most notably, you may see a small gap in the flooring between the skirting boards and the timber floor.
Now this is usually caused by differential movement to the brick piers in the subfloor. This is when the foundation material to the home settles overtime. This can occur uniformly, or as is most often the case , randomly for no particular reason. When it occurs randomly, the result is more visible effects of unevenness. So you will see rises and dips occur in the flooring.
What to do.
The more serious cases may need the expertise of a structural engineer to investigate, as more serious events like cracking to walls may occur or may be occurring.
Improvements to drainage to the subfloor may also be required, as the fluctuations can cause foundation material to expand and contract due to prevailing conditions.
A builders/bricklayer would need to employed to pack or rebuild piers if required, and plumber/drainage consultants to help with drainage issues if they are present.
If you are unsure its best to get a licensed building inspector to investigate. Call RIX Building Inspections to arrange your inspection.