Pier and beam foundations, known as crawl space foundations, are a common type of foundation. For homes in the Texas, Florida, and Virginia region they are present in homes that are built prior to the 70’s. They are still being used today in many homes because they offer so many advantages. Compared to slab foundations, pier and beam foundations is less susceptible to damage from the ground shifting. But if the foundation needs repairing, the piers are easier to fix compared to slab foundations. Homes with pier and beam foundations have a crawl space underneath the living space to support the foundation. Continuous changes in the soil can have an impact on the foundation. Soil erosion, expansive clay, poor exterior water damage, excessive water, and exert pressure can lead to foundation cracks and settlement. At My Foundation Repair, we offer pier and beam foundation repairs if you notice ground shifting in your foundation.
Having a pier and beam foundation offers homeowners many advantages. Some of these benefits include:
If you have plumbing issues or electrical problems, you can locate these areas without any trouble. They are located under the house compared to under slab concrete.
If you need to remodel your home, having pier and beam foundation can make these additions easy to accomplish.
Less expensive than slab foundation and basement repairs.
It is a natural insulator because it doesn’t need a lot of energy to maintain the temperature.
The floors supported by piers and beam foundation are flexible and comfortable.
Signs Your Pier and Beam Foundation is Failing
Are you starting to notice cracked walls? Are doors hard to open and close? Your floors may even start to bulge. In addition, windows may be stuck and floors may sag. If you suspect signs of pier and beam foundation failure, look for signs in the interior and exterior of your home. Inspect your home for the following signs:
• Sinking foundation
• Leaning walls
• Leaning chimney
• Slab cracks
• Settling foundation
• Garage cracks
Also, look inside your crawlspace for changes. Some crawl space signs may be cracks in the foundation, bowing walls, and tilting/leaning walls. Bad drainage and ground movement could cause doors and windows to get stuck or difficult to open. As your home settles, these cracks will become larger and more noticeable. Our team of professionals will inspect your pier and beam foundation and make the necessary foundation repairs.
Causes of Pier and Beam Foundation Failure
Hot and dry weather conditions in Texas, Florida, and Virginia can cause soil to pull away from your foundation. This process can cause settlement due to moisture imbalance. The home’s interior and exterior may start to crack.
A process called transpiration may also take place which involves soil dehydration in the soil from tree roots. The soil may shrink and cause settlement in the home.
Plumbling leaks and poor drainage can lead to major foundation issues. Fix leaky pipes and make sure you have proper drainage. You can waterproof your home to eliminate poor drainage. Make sure your gutters are free from leaves and debris. Check all of your downspouts to make sure the water is redirected away from the foundation.
Poor building site preparation involves soil removal from part of the lot. The soil must be properly compacted before your home is built. If it not,unexpected movement will occur beneath the foundation. At My Foundation Repairs, we will inspect your property to determine why you havefoundation failure and provide the best solutions to repair it.
Fixing Pier and Beam Foundations With Push Pier System
At My Foundation Repair, we offer several foundation repair solutions. To repair pier and beam foundations we use the push pier system known as the steel push piers to lift your home’s structure. These type of piers are excellent for structural foundation repairs on settling foundations that are caused by organic soils, shrinking/swelling clays, soil erosion, and soil compaction. Push piers supports and stabilizes the structure’s load bearing walls. It transfers the weight of the structure from the least resistant soil onto the steel piers that are installed deep into the soil.
After installation, each push pier is load tested individually using the highest amount of weight. Push piers do not rely upon skin friction to produce support like other repair methods. It is one of the most common foundation repair methods used today.
If you start notice foundation issues in its early stages, then it is often less expensive to make repairs. Don’t wait to make these repairs. The problem will only get worst. Contact My Foundation Repairs for pier and beam foundation repairs. Our team of specialized contractors have many years of training with the highest quality of materials. Call us today!