Pier and beam foundations are most often found under older homes, but repairing them is our specialty. There was a time when large 12” diameter cedar posts were used under homes, and while cedar is a long-lasting wood, it does not last forever. Cedar will eventually succumb to insect damage and rot, which will harm the overall structural integrity of the home. Pier and post foundations can also be affected by shifting subsoil, just like slab foundations. This means that concrete piers can suffer cracks from settling over time. Integrating rebar or wire mesh into the concrete can help prolong its life.
There are three main types of repair techniques for pier and beam structures:
Let Austin Foundation evaluate your foundation and suggest the repair that is best for your home.
Water that collects under your home is a major cause of foundation instability. The land around your home should be graded in such a way to encourage rain water to flow away from your home’s foundation, and downspouts should also be used and positioned away from the home. Besides causing the clay subsoil to expand and contract excessively, standing water can also lead to mold problems and even attract certain disease-carrying pests.
Only the highest-quality materials should be used in foundation repair. Did you know that all concrete is not created equal? For a strong pier and beam foundation, high-density concrete blocks should be used to form the piers. When low-density concrete is used, there are too many air pockets within the concrete, which means the blocks are weaker overall. The recommended dimension of concrete blocks for pier foundations is 8” X 8” X 16”. Anything smaller may not be sturdy enough to support your home.
Give us a call or contact us via our website to schedule a foundation evaluation. For homeowners who are not selling their home, this evaluation is completely free! Don’t let foundation problems cause additional damage to your home. Get peace of mind by scheduling a repair sooner rather than later. Take the first step today by having the professionals at Austin Foundation evaluate your foundation. There is no hassle and no obligation!