When most people think about a sloped floor, they envision the deep slope that is seen in some homes. But even if your floor isn’t as steep, it can still be difficult to walk across due to the uneven surface. When this happens, you will need to level out the dirt and concrete so that it’s flat again. Luckily, there are professionals who can do this for you! This article will cover how to level a concrete floor that slopes on your own with these five steps:
In fact, a floor that slopes can be a problem even if you do not have a concrete floor, since many people simply use the word slope instead of floor to describe a situation in which something is not level. There are a couple of options that you can try, depending on the size of the slope.
1) Dig up and remove any debris from under the slab
2) Add sand or gravel underneath where needed
3) Use surveying equipment (a transit or laser levels) to measure from point A – point B
4) Add material to the high side of point A and remove from low-lying area
* Use a plate compactor in sections, starting with areas that need it most The key is patience; while leveling out your floor will take time you can’t rush this process! Be sure not only measure but also check for levelness frequently. If there are any high spots that are not being leveled out, add more material underneath and continue to compact.
* When you’re done with the leveling process be sure those who will walk on it know about low-sloped areas like doorways or entrances Remember safety first! If your concrete slab is sloping too much for comfortability purposes (approximately a slope of more than one inch per 12 inches) you may want to find a contractor.
* There are two ways that this can be done; by pouring concrete over an area or with the use and presence, void space foam insulation Pour in portions then allow time for it settle before filling up again until desired level is reached if your using poured concrete.
* If you are using foam insulation, it is important to be sure the void space in between does not exceed four inches Make a mark on your slab where there will need entering and exiting points if possible as well because this may require additional measurements for depth of concrete product needed or cuts that could occur from too much height differential at any given point.
* A good level to use is one that can be found at any home improvement store, and it should not cost more than fifty dollars This product will need a long straight edge as well such an angle finder or just measure down with the help of some string chalk line).
If you purchased this type then follow these steps:
* Place the level on your concrete floor and adjust it so that you can read either side.
– If one is higher than another, use a straight edge to guide cuts into place with an angle finder or string line until both sides of this device are even in height off from each other- then cut accordingly). This process will be repeated on the other end of your floor and you will need to do this along the entire length.
Once these are cut, sweep up any concrete pieces that may have fallen off from cuts made) use a level on each side again just before proceeding This should be done for every foot or so until height differential in surface is gone). If there still is a height differential, more cuts will need to be made)
– It is very important that you don’t get concrete on the ground when cutting. If it does happen and there are small pieces of dirt or debris mixed in with your cut cement- use this as an opportunity for polishing: take some water (a hose if possible), pour it on the concrete and then use a broom to spread it around. This will help clean up any dirt or debris that might have gotten mixed in with your cut cement).
– So now you should be looking at an even surface of fresh, new flooring! For more protection from future water damage- sweep away all loose particles) cover area using an impervious material such as sheet of plywood, or tarps that can be anchored with stakes.
– Concrete leveling is a difficult and time-consuming process – but when it’s done right the results are worth all your effort! Now you have an even surface to drywall on (or paint if desired), without any visible joints from the original floor.
– If you need to take up the level after a couple of weeks, wait for it dry and then use your broom or vacuum cleaner with an attachment that can get close into corners) – gently brush out any dirt particles until surface is clean again.) Then start all over! It may seem like this was too much work- but just think of the final results!
– If your concrete level needs repair or is not what you expected and want to remove it completely- then take up all loose particles using a broom.) Use an abrasive material such as sandpaper on surfaces, working into corners. Wait for surface dry before removing any remaining residue with vacuum cleaner attachment that can access tight spaces in corner – gently brush out dirt until floor area clean again!) Then start over by pouring new smooth layer if desired) seal cracks so water does’t get inside during freeze/thaw cycle (dampen areas around crack edges after leveling). You’ll be glad when this project’s done 🙂 ! good luck!!