Wood replacement in pier and beam houses, plus shim replacement usually only impacts a small area of the house.
Joists, sub flooring and beams may fail due to rot or termite damage. Sometimes existing piers fail to provide adequate support due to sinking, or the use of wooden shims.
A properly trained pier and beam foundation evaluator can usually spot most of the problems during a 30-45 minute inspection under the house. Believe me, it’ a messy task to crawl the length of a pier and beam house. Sometimes the crawl space is so narrow as to preclude a complete inspection.
The construction industry may have made a mistake when it moved from pier and beam to slab foundations in Dallas Fort Worth. When well-maintained, a pier and beam foundation requires very little maintenance. Most pier and beam foundations, even those built as early as 1910, can be restored like new, while many slabs built prior to 1970 will continue to require care.
Pier and Beam Foundation Repair
Pier and beam foundation repair may include adding piers, shim replacement, excavation, drainage correction, and carpentry – including replacing rotted or termite damaged wood, joists and beams. We have also been called upon to reinforce existing wooden beams with I-Beams when second story modifications or additions are created. All work is warranted.