How to Measure Floor Levels – if you suspect unlevel floors in your new home
Posted July 22, 2010on:
If you suspect you have unlevel floors in your new Persimmon Homes or Charles Church home, you can use various devices to check and measure the levels, height variation, rises and slopes.
Self levelling laser levels are cheap and work very well. Albeit, it does mean getting down on the floor and using line of sight. These can be relatively easily calibrated, by opening the device and adding small pieces of sticky tape onto the swinging pendulum to level it. If you take two measure ments, in both directions of the same points, you can work out the devices error, and then recalibrate to get within 1mm.
You can also use a spirit level, which should be minimum of 2m.
However the best device by far is a water level, sometimes known as a pro level, and sometime (wrongly) called a manometer water level. These are very quick, very accurate and importantly do not need line of sight to measure. Hence they are unobtrusive being able to measure in and around small spaces, without disturbing furniture etc. The best source in the UK is Akwamasta Water Level, from Bevan Products. For only £66 delivered this is an excellent product, which makes measuring your floor levels very quick and easy. Indeed it’s the same device you can find NHBC engineers using to measure unlevel floors in new homes from the Persimmon Group plc.
The Akwamasta Water Level Floor Measurement Device has a cm scale, which can read measurement to 1mm. It has a 1m staff, which you could cut down if you need to measure under low shelfs. However for most open floor areas it is fine as it is.