Pier and Beam foundations are prevalent in modern homes due to their ability to offer robust support, are aesthetically appealing, and mitigate fewer repairs. The raised wooden foundations sit securely on concrete piers and should be repaired as soon as you note any signs of damage.
Ideally, you should first identify the problem as it will determine which type of repair is required. Some of the factors that will indicate a pier and beam foundation damage are:
- Shaky floors
- Spongy floors
- Sagging floors
- Stuck doors
- Cracks on the walls
- Mold on walls or floors
- Stagnant water in the crawl space
Depending on the cause of the damage, you can incorporate the following methods:
The reshimming process is the best repair method when there are minor foundation damages. A professional will examine the installed shims’ nature and determine if the shims should be added or removed to create a stable foundation.
Termites are the primary causes of wood damage. Rodents can also chew beams and wood posts which can lead to disastrous cracks. Other causes include mildew, algae, and mold, which can lead to rotten foundations and floors. It is recommended to replace all the damaged woods in your pier and beam foundation.
Additionally, you can also manage the rodents and termites infesting your wood and beams before replacing them. The best method is fumigation or constructing physical barriers.
After a time, your foundation will progressively shift its position leading to the boards and floors stretching and contracting. Such a foundation requires readjustment. Adding robust concrete blocks or steel or concrete pilings is the best method to ensure your floor’s integrity. The pilings add the needed strength to support your home for many years.
Expert Foundation Repair by Hargrave Home Repair
If you note any weakness or problem in your pier and beam foundation, ensure you consult a professional to inspect as the damage can compromise your home’s integrity. Hargrave Home Repair is an expert in all types of foundation repairs. Contact us immediately, and we will detect the foundation problems and advise you professionally.