How to Deal with Residential Pier and Beam Repair?

A pier and a base for a beam / crawl room are just like the name suggests. It's a design in which a structure sits on top of beams, which rest on platforms or stem walls.

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Pier & Beam

The piers are typically placed on concrete bases, and under the framework are uniformly spaced to balance the load. The structure weight is transmitted to the beams, which transfers the structure to the piers.

This layout involves a crawl room, an open area beneath the ground, so there is access to it when repair problems occur. Because the foundations of the pier and beam / crawl are of wood, they can deteriorate over time. The supporting footings are usually shallow–and therefore subject to significant movement of the soil (related to humidity content modifications in the soil).

Problems That Might Come up

These are, however, not the only issues related to the constructions of the crawl / pier and beam. The excellent news about repair and leveling of a pier and a beam is that the structure is adjustable, and the job can normally be accomplished without moving tenants or equipment.

How Is Pier and Beam Foundation Repair?

What to Follow:

Work on controlling the humidity of the soil. It begins with drainage corrections— no water should enter the home or stick around the exterior. The crawl space should stay dry. It is essential.

Crawl space encapsulation is achievable by putting a heavy plastic steam barrier under the structure over the floor and expanding it over the perimeter walls.

Add moisture to the soil during periods of long drought. This can be achieved through periodic use of "soaker" tubes.

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When the space / pier and beam structure are worsening, the wooden members have to be replaced. However, not all floor framing systems typically require replacement, but can only be restricted to impacted regions.

Structural substitution can often be very complicated and may involve temporary shortening to help the structure during the replacement of damaged products.

Inexperienced businesses frequently decide to add degrading employees rather than remove and substitute them. This can lead to incorrect load and structural members support and should be prevented. This should be prevented.


The design is re-leveled, or 'shimmed.' Perfect findings are not always practical in terms of floor flatness, after removal and replacement of any deteriorated wood— and measures have been taken to regulate humidity content in the soil. The reason for this is that the distortions that happened over many years in the floor framing scheme have happened, and the wooden parts which constitute the floor system have distorted and retained a "reminder." It is therefore necessary to anticipate some changes. If annual changes are unacceptable or become excessive, then supporting the structure on profound batteries is the only option.


For tiny to medium-sized homes Pier and Beam foundations are fantastic. The foundation sits mainly on piers lifted from 1 to 2 feet above the floor and provides room for crawling. Protection against floods as they rise above ground is a clear advantage of a pier and the beam base. Also, the room for crawling enables simple access to utilities like plumbing, which is a clear benefit over deck foundations which may involve drilling for repairs through the foundation. While these clear benefits can lead to more costly and uncomfortable problems along the way if basic issues are not addressed.

For pier and beam foundation repair contact Ramjack by American Leveling.