Pier and Beam Repair in Buda

Pier and Beam Repair in Buda

Alternatives to slab and basement foundations include pier and beam foundations. The foundations of reinforced concrete slabs are typically inexpensive, can be built quickly, and are easy to construct. A slab foundation does not require a basement. A pier and beam foundation usually has a crawlspace underneath the living area, in addition to footings that support the foundation. In shifting soils, the pier and beam foundation may prove more advantageous to homeowners.

In a pier and beam foundation, concrete piers are reinforced with steel (rebar) and form a cage within the piers. Additionally, steel rebar has been incorporated into the concrete pad upon which the piers stand. Piers are supported by foundation beams.

Slab Foundations and Foundation Problems

Changing soil conditions can negatively affect slab foundations. Expansive clay soils affect foundations in states including Texas, Colorado, Kansas, among others. Cities like Houston, TX and San Antonio, TX have a high prevalence of foundation problems because of this. Clay soils are prone to water intrusion. When clay soil is oversaturated, it expands and heaves upwards toward the foundation. The soil shrinks as it dries, causing the foundation to settle. Continuous soil movement causes cracks in slab foundations, which leads to mold, moisture and other problems within a house.

The Benefits of a Pier and Beam Foundation

A pier and beam foundation offers easy access to heating and plumbing because it allows for a crawl space. Standing water caused by a broken pipe can cause foundation issues.

The platform construction of pier and beam foundations is also an advantage. The pier and beam foundation is topped with a wood platform that may provide greater comfort to homeowners when walking across the floor. Over slab foundations, where the floor sits atop a concrete pad, the floors do not have this same give.

How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Pier and Beam Foundation?

Damage to a pier and beam foundation is usually repaired for $5,600 – $8,500 depending on the size of the home and extent of the damage. It is possible that costs will increase if additional nonstructural services are required, such as crawl space encapsulation, vapor barriers, sump pumps, radon mitigation, or drainage.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a free service quote on all pier and beam repair, as well as house lifting and raising services. You will receive a free price quote for your pier and beam repairs when our contractors assess your property. Get in touch with us now at 512-515-9855 for more information about our services