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Dear PoPville – Should We Call a Structural Engineer? Any Recommendations for One?

by Prince Of Petworth April 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm 19 Comments

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Dear PoPville,

A few years ago we bought a hundred year old house in Petworth. We did a bunch of renovations and have noticed that the floor in the upstairs hallway slopes a noticeable amount.

Also, we refinished the subfloor in our living room thinking it would be awesome (it aesthetically pleasing, but is not awesome tactilely) and noticed that there is almost a bubble or raised mound in one area of the floor. It is pretty significant and is close in proximity to the slope in the floor above it.

We are going to put in a new floor on the main level because we need to cover the subfloor up and are concerned that we might have some structural issues.

We want to get these checked out and taken care of, if necessary, before we put in the new floor.

There are also some cracks in the plaster walls that have been plastered over many times. Our home inspector and contractor were both unconcerned, but we want to make sure that it isn’t an issue.

Any suggestions on structural engineers or other professionals we can call? Or how much that might cost?

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