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Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 by Amanda Waldmann
If you’ve browsed our website or blog, you’ve probably seen information about piering. It’s usually easy to tell when someone is wrong with your home’s foundation - you’ll notice doors and windows sticking, or a slope to the floor that’s never been there before. But it might not be as easy to tell when there are foundation issues in other buildings - or you might not realize that we can fix them.
Piering isn’t just for houses; it isn’t the foundation that we address, but the footer - the slab the foundation is built on. Pretty much anything on a concrete slab can be stabilized and potentially lifted to its original position through piering. Here are some common non-home applications for piers:
You can actually tell if your garage is sinking by looking for similar signs to your home. Is the garage door struggling to go up and down? Is your shelving suddenly not so straight? A garage sits on a footer just like a house does, and it’s at risk for the same problems. (Note: if your garage is sinking more toward the center than near any of the walls, it might be fixable with PolyLevel. It’s best to call us for a thorough inspection.)
When decks are constructed, they are often built on top of concrete support posts. If the soil surrounding your home is unstable, those posts will be affected just like your home’s foundation. By instead supporting the deck with deck piers, you bypass any chance of support posts shifting with the soil. Don’t spend money on a deck just to have it ruined next spring!
Piering can also be a solution to stabilize and lift numerous other structures, like pole barns and outbuildings. By anchoring the piers deep in stable soil, we can bypass any issues and provide stability and safety.
If you’re dealing with a problematic outbuilding or want to build a deck in problematic soil, call today for a free inspection.