Pier & Beam Repair
We can repair any pier and beam foundation. We’re not saying that it’s easy but it can be done. As you know, the foundation of your home is critical. It must be installed correctly. There are various types of foundations. A reinforced concrete slab with piers or cylindrical concrete posts on top characterizes a pier and beam foundation. These foundations are typically installed so that repairmen and women can access your plumbing with ease. Instead of using a jackhammer to drill through the concrete foundation, we can skip the drama and go underground to remedy any foundation issues.
What is a Pier and Beam Foundation
If you’re like most people, you have no idea what a pier and beam is. Pier and beam refers to a type of foundation. You may be able to go outside and see if your home rests of piers and beams. When constructing this type of foundation, a concrete slab is poured and reinforced with rebar. Then cylindrical shaped piers also reinforced with rebar is stacked strategically on top of the slab. Beams of wood are laid across the piers. The beams support the sub-flooring. The sub-flooring is the next layer to this concrete and wood cake. If you have a pier and beam foundation, contact Irving Foundation Repair for all of your foundation needs.
Causes of Pier and Beam Failure
To understand why pier and beam foundations fail, we have to take a look at Texas soil. Our soil in Irving is expansive in nature. The constant expanding and shrinking can cause your foundation to move any where from a half an inch to a whopping eight inches. Concrete is durable but it is not impervious to water. Flooding and intense rains can cause your foundation to fail. Plumbing leaks can wreak havoc on your foundation. You may not be aware that you have a leak. Take a peek at your water bill. If it has sky rocketed in recent months, you probably have a consistent and sizable leak on your hands. When your foundation is failing, you will notice cracks in the walls, flooring and ceiling.
We offer complimentary foundation inspections. There is no obligation to purchase any services or products. Our company believes in ethical profitability. We operate based on the philosophy that you don’t have to gouge customers to make a quick buck. The concrete specialist will not recommend unnecessary services. Complimentary inspections are offered because of the nature of the problem. It is difficult for laypersons to know if their foundation has prematurely failed. In this line of work, a professional opinion is vital. During the inspection we will examine the soil, concrete pad, piers and beams. We will also check for any interior signs of foundation damage.
Early Signs of Foundation Failure
If you’re having difficulty closing your doors and windows, this may be an early sign of foundation damage. A shifting foundation will result in a leaning home. An unbalanced home will make it difficult for doors and windows to shut. It’s good to catch these problems before they get out of hand. Check for structural gaps within your home’s interior. Do you notice a large gap between your flooring and the wall or the wall and the ceiling? If so, you can bet that your foundation has shifted and your home cannot keep up. Go outside and examine the perimeter of your home. If you notice pools of water, cracks in the foundation, flaking concrete and gaps between the beam and piers, give us a call.