Pier and Beam Foundation
Restoring foundations on Pier and Beam homes is our specialty. These homes are usually very old and, like people, each one has it’s own distinct personality. Rebuilding a pier and beam foundation is the first step in the remodeling/restoration process. We often encounter wood rot & termite damage that is undermining the structural integrity of the home, along with foundations that are simply under built. Let Allen’s evaluate the current condition of your:
- Support Beams Are they 4 x 6 treated lumber in lengths that disperse the weight load of your home?
- Floor Joists Are they 2 x 6 treated lumber for structural integrity?
- Piers What type of pier is holding up your home?
Texas is known for it’s expansive clay soil called “Gumbo” which is responsible for most foundation movement. Most clay soils by nature shrink and expand with a change in moisture. According to the TexasA&M AgriLife Extension Service, (pg 2 #4)
“A clay soil will increase in volume both horizontally and vertically when it’s moisture content increases. The same soil will shrink in all directions when the moisture content decreases and the soil dries. Some clays exhibit little change while others undergo appreciable change. Most clays in Texas are of the moderate to high volume change types.”
Your foundation can be likened to a wire that you bend back and forth–the constant bending of up and down eventually breaks the wire. This is the same up and down movement that cause your foundation to crack, break and move.
Unfortunately, the age of your home is not a determining factor as to if or when you will have foundation problems.