Succumbing to Pier Pressure...

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Succumbing to Pier Pressure...

     Living in an area where pier and beam construction is prevalent, issues with sagging floors, cracks in the walls and myriads of other issues are  not uncommon. Some of these can be attributed to older construction methodologies. Years ago, live and dead loads were not what they are today, and builders often used "rules of thumb" to calculate loads and spans. Construction was not the science it is today.
     Rehabbers and other contractors, wanting to make amends for the "sins of their fathers", often make matters worse by
making cardinal sins of their own. Often, slip-shod, hastily constructed, impromptu piers are fashioned to correct ailing structures.    
     Out of sight, doesn't make it right. Home owners don't know proper construction from Adam. Home inspectors should, although many don't.
     The pictures are all of properties that "passed inspection" by my peers. Properties that undergo pre-inspections should be scrutinized more so. Anything less will cast doubt on the inspector's abilities and integrity. Fingers point, peeing matches start and lawsuits are threatened.
     In scenarios such as this, it is best to do what is right and not succumb to pier pressure. Reputable inspectors will look out for all parties involved in the transaction, not just the folks who hired them. IMHO, some inspectors need to go out of business or, at a bare minimum, go back to school...




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Sharon Alters
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Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty

Michael, this is something I have never seen. Most of our homes here are on slabs - and the ones that aren't, well, I don't look under tham, that''s what the inspector is for!

August 12, 2010 09:55 PM
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC

We have an abundance of pier and beam homes in Louisiana. This was an informative post even for those of us who are familiar with this type of construction. Thanks for posting.

August 13, 2010 11:51 AM
Derrick Guevremont
Rochester MN Homes for Sale
Counselor Realty of Rochester

If that were my home I would sure hope a buyer's agent told their buyers that they didn't need an inspection!

August 13, 2010 07:19 PM
Roseanne Campagna
Kent/DesMoines/Blk Diamond/FederalWay/Maple Valley
Windermere RE/PSK, Inc. - South King County, WA

Thanks for this post!!! I happen to live in one of the pier and beam homes. It doesn't look like your examples at all!!! It is sturdy and secure I've experienced two earthquakes one being the Nisqually in 2001. When it quit shaking, nothings was damaged or disturbed inside.

August 13, 2010 11:14 PM
Anonymous #95

i have worked for a company in house leveling and own my own company i renovations and that is rediculose. in every pier and beam home they should be sixteen inch solid blocks and that is what we call the pier. the blocks can be stacked how ever high and as many needed to reach the beam or the seal which is normaly a 4x6 running the length of the house. however there should be a pressure treated 2x6 with a 1x6 resting on the top of the pier. i also place a peice of roofing shingle to keep out termites there is a chemical in the roofing paper they dont like. under these should be a 16 binch by 16 inch pad under your piers. Ill put it simple if you want a job done right in house leveling call my buisness partner at Bullhead renovations in Center tx his name is bret 903 812 0814

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