Is It Time to Replace Girder in My Crawl Space

A girder is the main horizontal support of a structure which supports surrounding beams. The girder can withstand the load of the floor joists and can transfer the weight between piers. Without the support of the girder, your home can begin to experience many different problems such as sagging floors or foundational cracks.

Why Would My Girder Need to Be Replaced

A girder can experience damage over time and may need to be repaired or replaced before the foundation of your home is affected. Here are some problems that can damage your girder.

  • Wood Rot: Most girders are made from wood. In high humidity areas like North Charleston, that moisture will rot your center beam. As the wood deteriorates, you’ll notice uneven, sagging floors around your home.
  • Improper Framing: If your foundation was improperly framed, a majority of the beams may be over spanned, meaning they are too far apart to provide proper support. Your girder will start to bend under the pressure. CNT Foundations will remedy this problem with a new center beam and support columns to help support your foundation.
  • Termites: These pests will chew into your girder and rot it straight through. If you suspect that termites are behind your foundation problems, call an exterminator right away. CNT Foundations will consult with you on the best way to remove and replace the damaged girder once the pests are gone.

If you notice your girder is damaged within your crawl space, it may be time to repair or replace your center beam. Call the experts at CNT Foundations in North Charleston to find the best solution for your home. 843-405-7022