Pier and Beam Construction by Hy-Tech Foundations, Inc.
Hy-Tech Foundations, Inc. proudly performs pier and beam foundation repair for Houston, TX homeowners. Here are some of the most popular frequently asked questions about pier and beam foundations.
What are the signs of the Pier and Beam Foundation problems? How do I know if I need foundation repair?
There are many signs of pier and beam foundation damage around your property that will let you know it’s time to call the professionals. If you notice any of the following, reach out to the team at Hy-Tech Foundations, Inc.:
- Sunken floors and foundations
- Uneven floors and noticeable slopes in your home
- Patio pulling away from your house
- Cracks in walls and ceilings
- Gaps in your caulking around doors and windows
- Doors and windows getting stuck or hard to open and close
- Gaps growing between the crown molding and your ceiling
- Wallpaper creasing or wrinkling
- Bowed walls, especially in your basement
What is needed for a foundation inspection of a pier and beam house?
A foundation inspection is vital whether you’re buying a new house or conducting repairs on your own. It helps you to gain information about the pier and beams, if they’re functioning properly, compliant with building codes, and if they need any modifications or repairs. It includes an interior and exterior examination, looking at cracks, support beams, load-bearing devices, checking how doors and windows operate, assessing the integrity of the walls and floors, and checking for water damage, mold, and ventilation. Additionally, we’ll look for water drainage, crumbling concrete, buckling walls, bulges, and slopes in your foundation and floors. A pier and beam house foundation inspection differs from slab foundation homes in that we will enter the crawlspace under your home to examine water damage, condition of your piers, beams, and joists, and if any wooden parts are wet or rotting.
What are the pros and cons of pier & beam foundations?
Because Houston sits on the Gulf, there are many reasons why homes have pier and beam foundations. First, they elevate homes to protect from moisture and flooding. They also provide a crawl space in your foundation, allowing you or professionals to access utilities, especially plumbing. Pier and beam foundations allow your plumber to access plumbing issues without breaking open concrete floors in slab foundation homes. Additionally, this style of foundation adds a bit of insulation from the air under your home, helping to cool your house during those Texas summers, thus lowering your energy bills.
The biggest disadvantage of pier and beam foundations is cost. Elevating your home is more expensive as more work goes into making sure it is properly supported rather than pouring slab concrete. It also is more susceptible to sagging and creaking floors, rain accumulation, poor ventilation, moisture issues like mold and mildew, as well as bug and rodent infestations in your crawl space.
How much does it cost to have my pier and beam foundation repaired?
When you call Hy-Tech Foundations, Inc. to repair your pier and beam foundation, we’ll give you a free and fair estimate on your home. We’re always transparent in our business, letting you know of every issue as it arises and how much you can expect to pay. Contact our office to schedule your appointment.
How long will it take to finish the repairs on my foundation?
Each project is different, and the duration will depend on the severity of the damage. For the best in pier and beam foundation inspections and repairs, learn more about our services.