Although they comprise little functional square footage with respect to the entire house, basements can be the most troublesome and problematic aspect of the home. This is especially true when having problems with support beams and posts used to support the basement and the floor above it.
If the beams or posts in your basement begin to lean or bend, there is most likely a problem with the foundation. These leaning posts are a serious problem that can indicate a wholly unstable foundation. If you notice this problem occurring in your home, do not delay; contact a foundation repair contractor right away.
Leaning or bent posts and beams in the basement can cause a variety of serious issues throughout the home, such as:
Sagging or Uneven Floors
- If the supporting beams begin to bend, they will cause the floor above to adjust accordingly, resulting in a sagging floor that slopes or begins to bow causing a dip in your floors.
- Cracks in the floor and walls are a product of the floor leaning and pulling away from the walls or from itself.
- If your walls or ceiling is cracked or is starting to crack, it will provide an entry point for moisture. This crack can potentially result in extensive water damage so it’s best not to leave it unchecked.
- Not only do cracks provide an entry point for water, but they also enable the entrance of pests. Unless you enjoy the presence of creepy crawlies, it is best to get these cracks fixed as soon as they occur.
These are just a sampling of problems that can be caused by unstable beams and posts. Leaning support beams pose a serious hazard, as they compromise the structural integrity of your foundation, placing at risk your family, guests, and your home itself.
Because the underlying problem is likely the foundation, it is essential to invest in the proper foundation repair services immediately. Only by correcting the problem at its source will you be able to completely ensure the total safety of your home.
SOLUTIONS FOR LEANING POSTS
Pier installation is the most reliable method for correcting a settling foundation. Piers are installed easily and cause little to no disturbance to the surrounding areas of the yard. We use piers manufactured by ECP (Earth Contact Products), the leading supplier of foundation repair products in the industry. The piers are specifically designed to bear exceptionally heavy loads and are durable enough to withstand tough conditions for years to come.
To install, the piers are driven deeply into the earth below the foundation until they become nestled in the stable ground far beneath the top layers of shifting soil. Once secure, they support the foundation and help lift it back to its intended level, relieving pressure that caused the beams or posts to bend or curve.
Steel piers will prevent the foundation from settling further and generating additional problems in the future, allowing peace of mind for your family and yourself.
If you are experiencing leaning or bending posts in your home, contact the foundation repair experts at Ground Up Foundation Repair.
We can consult with you to determine the most efficient and cost-effective solution for you and your home. Our professional team of experts, coupled with ECP’s superior quality products, can have your foundation restored in no time.
Call us today for additional information on how we can help rectify any problems in your Nashville, Murfreesboro, or the surrounding Middle Tennessee area. Here is a map of our Service Area.