Modern pier and beam foundations are elevated wooden foundations that rest on concrete piers and are positioned about 18-24” off the ground. Newer pier and beam homes generally have a concrete perimeter beam that runs around the outside of the house with a crawl space under them. Crawl spaces allow for easy access to plumbing and electrical boxes, which usually makes them easier to repair than other types of foundations.
These types of foundations are prone to getting damp, developing mildew, and rotting because they are made of wood. While pier and beam homes are common in the North Texas area, they are far more common in northern states, where the weather gets freezing cold for months on end.
Moisture and rain often get trapped in the crawl spaces making it critical that they are vented properly. Termites and rodents can be a big problem, too. While pier and beam foundations can’t crack as concrete foundations do, they can develop a lot of other problems, like mold and mildew, which is why homeowners often call forpier and beam foundation service.
Pier and beam homes rest on piers and have wooden girder beams that sit on top of the piers. These girder beams support wooden joists, which are small versions of girder beams but run the opposite direction under the house. If the joists or the girder beams have rotted out, they will need to be replaced. This problem will then increase the pier and beam foundation repair costs and can vary by quite a lot. If new piers need to be installed, the price will depend on the number of piers that need to be placed for the foundation to be level.
The cost to fix these home’s foundations is basically impossible to provide without first inspecting the foundation. Because foundation problems can get worse if left untreated, its always best to call a foundation repair contractor right away which will allow you to minimize the cost of repairing your pier and beam foundation.
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