Causes of Beam & Post Problems

Leaning beams and posts in your homes are probably a result of foundation movement. There are a few different ways that this foundation movement can cause beams and posts to bend or curve.

Foundation Settlement

When your foundation settles, the basement floor will sink, providing little support for the posts that rest on them to support the floor above. This can cause the posts and the beams to bend or curved as they struggle to support the weight of the structure above. If the floor beneath the posts is not solid or even, it is much harder for them to remain stable under the weight of the home.

Basement Water

Water in the basement can cause many issues, including rotting or rusting of the support beams and posts in your home. If the basement develops moisture issues, the support system under your floor may start to weaken or deteriorate due to wood rot and rusting metal. This can cause the beams and posts to bend or lean as they become too weak to support the floor above.

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Solutions of Beam & Post Problems

To repair beam and post problems that are related to a settling foundation, foundation piers, such as helical piers or steel push piers should be installed to support the foundation. Our engineers use foundation piering products from Earth Contact Products, the leading supplier of foundation repair products, to ensure that every repair lasts for years to come.

Another solution for beam and post problems is to use wall anchors to close wall cracks that may have occurred due to bowing or leaning foundation walls. These cracks provide an entry point for water leakage – by closing them, the water will no longer be able to enter the basement area. Any beam and posts problems in your home should be taken care of by a professional foundation repair contractor. Our website can help put you in touch with a foundation repair company in your area. Contact us today for more information!