Not every home is the same. That rings especially true here in south Louisiana. The wide array of cultures in our part of the world influence everything from food to music to architecture. You can take a short drive in any direction and probably see a Spanish style roof, an Acadian front porch and antebellum columns all on a variety of homes. Just as these different, distinguishable features require different care and upkeep, so do the types of foundations on which these homes sit.
The slab foundation that most homes are built on today didn’t become the preferred or commonly used method of foundation construction until the 1960s. And because it’s not uncommon to have a 60, 70 or 80 year old home in Baton Rouge, there are many structures that have pier and beam foundations.
Pier and beam foundations look quite different from solid slab foundations. However they serve the same purpose. They support the home and are susceptible to the same perils of moisture and soil. With that being said, it is imperative to maintain and care for a pier and beam foundation the same way you would a slab foundation, but with a few more considerations.
Are your beams properly spaced?
Key issues that arise for a pier and beam foundation stem from moisture and poor construction. It is imperative that beams and piers are properly spaced to correctly distribute the weight of the home. Other consequences of poor design and drainage include: mold, higher utility bills due to poor ventilation, creaking floors and rotting wood.
What are the signs of pier and beam foundation damage?
While the above are consequences of foundation compromise, there are some signs that can warn you about the state of your home’s pier and beam foundation. You may notice: sagging floors, gaps between the walls and floor on the inside of your home, cracks in walls, and door and window frames that are not level.
Many of these problems can be expensive to repair. Not only that, if you don’t address the core issue, making crawl space and floor repairs will be a futile endeavor. Monitoring and addressing any pier and beam foundation concerns will not only save you headaches down the road, but money as well.
If you suspect there may be some underlying issues with your foundation, time is not on your side. Fortunately, in the Baton Rouge area WCK Foundation Repair is available to give you a free estimate and assessment as well as comprehensive solution to correct your home’s foundation. For over 30 years WCK has educated and helped homeowners across south Louisiana. For more information, click here.
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