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Pier & Beams Installation Nashville, Tennessee

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One of the great options that you have available to you for your foundation inspection near me is piers and beams. These are convenient, affordable, and effective solutions to your foundation needs. They are easy to fix and Repair as they are accessible and not buried deep under your home. To learn more about our piers and beams or to book us for an installation or repair, give us a call or send us an email today so we can get to work.

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    Accessibility

    The main benefit that piers and beams have over traditional foundations is when it comes to accessibility. There is a crawl space underneath your foundation. This is where your air conditioning wires and pipes are placed. If they become damaged it is easy to access them without having to dig. This makes your repair work easy, quicker, and cheaper as you will simply have to crawl underneath and carry out the needed repairs. In order to carry out this repair work with a slab foundation, you will need to replace the slab which can be expensive.

     

    Protection Against Infestations

    Infestations such as insects like termites can be very difficult to deal with. It can also cause a lot of damage to your property. Wood can rot away, it may also result in serious damage to walls or structures. This will result in the need for very expensive repairs and replacements. Piers and beams offer extra protection against these issues. This is because your building will be several inches above the ground so the termites won’t get a hold as quickly. This extra protection can save you a fortune or treatments to remove termites as well as the repair that will be needed.

     

    Save You Money in the Long Run

    Over time the Foundations of your property will become damaged. This can result in the need for an expensive repair and replacement. These repairs and replacements are very expensive if you have a slab foundation. If you have piers and beams foundations though it won’t be nearly as costly to have it repaired or replaced. Your Foundations are easier to access so we can get the job done a lot quicker also. This will save you a lot of money in the long run. Get in touch with us to have your affordable piers and beams foundation repaired today.

     

    Can be Used on a Slope

    Building a large structure into a slope can be very time consuming and expensive. This is especially true if you are choosing a slab foundation. It may even not be possible unless you choose to have piers and beams as your foundation method. As they keep your building off of the ground they can be fit to match the slope on your property. This will make the construction of your building cheaper and quicker. It will also make repairs easier and more convenient. Call or email us today to learn more about our pier and beam foundation repair Nashville, Tennessee.

     

    Installing Foundation Piers 

    Foundation piers are frequently used for foundation repair. They are commonly used for both exterior and internal foundation repair projects, such as basement repairs, slab foundations, and wet basement repairs. They can also be used to support retaining walls, private wells, and crawl spaces. Here are some of the most commonly used foundation piers:

     

    Foundation Pilings

    The most common and traditional method for foundation repair is to use holes in the ground for foundation pilings. Foundation pilings are holes that are designed to help maintain water flow under the foundation. Sometimes called "dishpans," foundation piers are installed in a straight run or as a series of holes that connect to each other. In more recent years, "step piers" have been developed and have proven to be even more effective for carrying water away from foundations and for creating a smoother surface. The pilings, which may be made out of concrete, wood, or a metal alloy, run parallel to the surface they are designed to support.

     

    Raised Areas

    Another way to install foundation piers is to create raised areas in the soil around the foundation piers. These raised areas can be about half-inch to two feet wide. Many times, these raised areas are located within the walls surrounding the pilings. Many times, these are set on top of the soil so that rainwater will run off of them instead of pooling under the pilings themselves. This prevents the pooling of water under the foundation piers, which allows the water to drain away from the structure.

     

    Steel piers

    Other methods include concrete piers and steel piers. Steel piers are more common where there is more of a risk of water damage to foundations, such as around storm drains and other main sewer lines. Because of the weight of the foundation, steel piers are designed to more precisely place the steel foundation pilings in position. Unlike concrete piers, steel piers must be poured at a specific depth, which increases the chance for the materials to bond together at a later time. Once this has been done and the steel piers are placed into place, maintenance becomes much easier.

     

    Concrete piers

    Concrete piers can be used for foundation repairs on their own, or in conjunction with steel piers. If concrete piers are used alone, it is important to pour the piers and then allow them to cure prior to the use of the ground pump and water. Doing this allows the concrete piers to form more accurately, which in turn, allows them to support heavier loads. While this process takes longer, it also ensures that the piers will form properly. In addition, repairing foundation repairs using piers is less expensive than repairing using other methods, such as steel piers.

    There are a few key differences between steel and concrete piers. The biggest difference is the amount of steel needed to support a particular load. Most steel piers are constructed with 18- inch steel, while concrete piers are typically constructed from 24-inch steel. It should be noted that the latter is the typical size of foundation piers in the southern United States.

    A key disadvantage of steel piers is that they are susceptible to corrosion under specific conditions. Certain metals will become discolored when exposed to saltwater, chlorine, or excessive amounts of sun. The presence of chlorinated water or salt water will affect the coloration of the pilings, which will allow the blades to corrode quicker. Some of the ways in which concrete piers remain stain-free include using polyurethane sealers and stain guards.

     

    Push piers

    Finally, push piers are more susceptible to mechanical problems, including settling and blade fatigue. This can be solved by installing helical piers, which are installed at one end of the foundation. This forces the settling to take place in a series of parallel columns that are installed on either side of the mainframe. This results in a considerably sturdier foundation system.