Pier and Beam Repair in Kyle
Pier and beam foundations are an alternative to slab and basement foundations. Typically, reinforced concrete slabs are inexpensive, easy to build, and fast to construct. Basements are not needed for slab foundations. Besides footings that support the foundation, a pier and beam foundation is usually built with a crawlspace underneath the living area. The pier and beam foundation may prove more advantageous to homeowners with shifting soils.
Steel rebar (rebar) forms a cage within the concrete piers of a pier and beam foundation. In addition, steel rebar has been incorporated into the concrete pad upon which the piers are situated. Foundation beams support the piers.
Slab Foundations and Foundation Problems
Slab foundations can be negatively affected by changing soil conditions. Clay soils are prevalent in states including Texas, Colorado, and Kansas, among others. The prevalence of foundation problems in cities like Houston, TX and San Antonio, TX is high due to this. A clay soil is prone to water intrusion. When clay soil is oversaturated, it expands and heaves up toward the foundation. The foundation settles as the soil shrinks as it dries. Soil movement can cause cracks in slab foundations, which can lead to mold, moisture, and other problems inside a house.
The Benefits of a Pier and Beam Foundation
Since a pier and beam foundation allows for a crawl space, heating and plumbing are easily accessible. Broken pipes can cause foundation problems.
Another advantage of pier and beam foundations is their platform construction. A wood platform may provide greater comfort to homeowners when walking on the floor of the pier-and-beam foundation. On slab foundations, where the floor sits atop a concrete pad, the floor doesn’t have this same give.
How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Pier and Beam Foundation?
Pier and beam foundations are usually repaired for $5,600 – $8,500 depending on the size of the home and the extent of the damage. The cost of nonstructural services, such as crawl space encapsulation, vapor barriers, sump pumps, radon mitigation, or drainage, can increase.
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 512-872-4673 for more information about our services