Pier & Beam Foundation Repair
A pier and beam foundation is one that is fairly popular in our area. They are made up of piers placed deep in the soil and beams laid out across the piers that support the structure above. Typically there is a crawl space underneath the structure and footings to support the foundation.
Serving the San Antonio & Austin Areas
Pier and beam foundations are popular in the San Antonio & Austin area as an alternative to concrete slab foundations as they provide more stability from shifting soils. However, they too can have structural issues that need to be addressed in order to prevent the foundation from destabilizing a home or commercial foundation.
A pier and beam foundation could be jeopardized by:
- Years of stress on the piers can cause the structure to fail. Over time, the pressure of the weight can cause damage as the use of piers and beams can limit the footing area of a foundation.
- If moisture has seeped into the pier and beam foundation for a time, any wooden piers and beams can start to rot and deteriorate, or the soil can start to shift if not enough drainage is available.
- Insects, like termites or carpenter ants, can do structural damage to wooden piers and beams that can compromise their integrity.
If you start to notice things like cracks forming along the walls of your crawl space or the building has a sunken appearance, make sure to address the problem soon. Though foundation problems can take years to form, the quicker the problem is addressed the less extensive the repair will be.
Pier & Beam Foundation FAQs
A pier and beam foundation repair costs starts around $4,500 and can increase in cost based on the issue. Some factors that can affect the cost of the repair include:
- The amount of piers.
- The type of piers.
- The level of the repair.
The overall cost of the pier and beam foundation can also vary due to the method of repair used. To learn more about getting your pier and beam foundation repaired, give us a call today.
A pier and beam foundation usually lasts about 75 years. However, the lifespan of a pier and beam foundation can vary due to:
- The condition of the soil around your foundation.
- The type of material your pier and beam foundation is made out of.
- How well your pier and beam foundation was installed.
If your pier and beam foundation was not installed well, it may have a shorter lifespan. To have your pier and beam foundation last its full potential, you should have it inspected, maintained and repaired regularly. To find out more about how long a pier and beam foundation should last, contact us today.
Pier & Beam Solutions From FSS
The professional team at Foundation Support Specialists has years of experience working with pier and beam foundations in the San Antonio and Austin, TX areas. To correct issues with this type of foundation, we typically use sonotubes and shoring methods.
Sonotubes are hollow concrete forms, almost like columns, that are installed around the foundation. After installation, concrete is poured to fill the columns to ensure their position and stability.
Shoring is a process by which timber piers are installed to the existing pier and beam structure to help increase how much weight the foundation can handle.
Crawl Space Support Jacks are used to help brace any damaged or sinking beams in the crawl space as a result of rotted wood caused by dampness.
Our Expertise Makes All The Difference
Not only do our technicians have years of experience working with pier and beam foundations, they are highly trained and qualified to perform precise work on your business or home’s foundation. We use the highest quality products to ensure the most durable and effective solutions go into the ground in order to save your structure. And we don’t stop at just fixing a foundation. If you suspect any issues with your pier & beam foundation repair, connect with us and we will be there to check things out immediately.
With a pier and beam foundation, a crawl space exists between the house and the ground, high enough to crawl through and allow utilities such as plumbing and electrical wiring/units to be placed and readily accessed if problems arise.
This is pier and beam foundations' most significant benefit over slab foundations. If there are ever any plumbing issues, for example, it may be necessary to break up the concrete floor to access any broken pipes if you opt for a slab foundation. In most cases, the pier and beam foundation has fewer fundamental issues than slab buildings and can be repaired for less money.
The expense of pier and beam foundations is the largest drawback when compared to slab foundations. While pier and beam structures may be less expensive for small sheds and buildings, raising your home is nearly always more expensive than having it sit straight on the ground.