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Pier and Beam
Pier and beam foundations have been used in homes for generations. They can be as strong and study as many modern slab foundations. A pier and beam foundation allows for a large crawl space in under the house, so that getting under your home for plumbing and electrical work is much easier. It can also be useful in keeping your floors away from water in the event of flooding under the house.
With Pier and Beam foundation construction first, a pier is sunk into the ground deep enough so it butts up against stone and a concrete base is added. This helps to ensure the piers won’t shift. Next, beams are extended from one pier to another. These will support the joists and flooring of the home. Usually the crawl space underneath the beams is about 18 inches from the ground. This is where the plumbing and electrical components for the home are located.
While Pier and Beam foundations are very stable, they can deteriorate over time. However, they are usually easier and less expensive to repair than a slab foundation.
When repairing a Pier and Beam foundation, you can add new piers under the foundational beams. This will reduce the stress on the pre-existing piers. Less stress means each pier, can withstand the pressure for longer periods.
Often, the only repair necessary on a pier and beam foundation is to shim off the existing piers. which are often shallow and can settle over time. When this is the only problem, it is easy to shim off the existing piers.
Slab foundations are the most commonly used foundations. The concrete slab sits directly on the ground.
Repairing Slab foundations
We use two main methods in repairing slab foundations: Steel piers and helical piers.
Steel piers are fast to install and are supported by bedrock. Helical piers are shafts with helix plates that are drilled into the soil. Both methods of repair limit the vibration and damage to the surrounding areas.
High-density polyurethane foam is a simply way to repair a slab foundation. The technique involves injecting foam into the foundation centered on the problem area. Foam Injection is on of the cleanest, least intrusive ways of repairing interior slab foundation issues.