Pier and Beam Foundation Repair

Integrity Foundation repair

Pier and Beam Foundation Repair Service

PIR (Pier and Beam) and BEAM (Block and Base) foundations are common types of foundation systems. Here are some brief descriptions of their respective failure indicators: Sagging or Uneven Floors: PIR foundations rely on wooden beams and joists, so if these components start to weaken or deteriorate, it can lead to sagging or uneven floors. PIR foundations utilize piers to support the structure. If the piers shift or sink due to soil movement or inadequate support, it can cause structural instability. Since PIR foundations involve wooden elements, rot or decay in the beams, joists, or piers can indicate foundation problems. Excessive moisture or water intrusion can weaken the wood in PIR foundations, leading to rot, mold growth, or structural damage.

BEAM Foundation Failure Indicators: BEAM foundations consist of concrete blocks stacked to form the foundation walls. Cracks in these blocks can indicate settlement or movement of the foundation. If the foundation walls of a BEAM system start bulging or tilting, it suggests an uneven load distribution or inadequate support, potentially leading to foundation failure. The mortar used to hold the concrete blocks together may deteriorate over time. Crumbling or deteriorating mortar joints can compromise the integrity of the foundation. Water seeping through cracks or gaps in the foundation walls can lead to erosion, weakening the foundation and causing further damage.

It’s important to consult one of our professional foundation inspectors if you notice any of these indicators to assess the severity of the issue and determine the appropriate course of action.