Leveling a Pier and Beam home
WE bought an older home, built in 1948. It has a pier and beam foundation, on dirt. There is a LOT of crawl space under our home (Thank Goodness!) The house probably sits 2 1/2 feet or more off the ground. I believe the piers are some type of metal or steel (would have to ask the hubby).
We live in West Texas which is mostly dry and hot. WE don't have any water issues, other than maybe an outside faucet next to the back of the house, but it doesn't leak.
The house is not level, but doesn't appear to be too far off. If I pour water out on the floor in the kitchen, it will go all the way across the floor and under the cabinets. There is one area in the dining room that sags, about 1 1/ ft area. This area is next to a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, that connects to a central hall wall. It is also in the walkway area that leads to the hall.
The sheetrock on the ceiling between the dining room and kitchen has a separated area (appears to be on a joint), but the problem with this area is that there is a room built over the kitchen that is connected to a room built over the carport. The carport has concrete flooring.
I think that the area that isn't level may be the area that has the rooms above (especially over the kitchen), but the whole house probably could use an adjustment.
How do we go about leveling our home? Can it be done by us, or should we hire a professional? If it can be done by us, what equipment do we need to do the project?
Thanks in advance for all the help!!