Removing and Replacing Your Foundation’s Girder

Have you noticed uneven floors or cracks in your foundation walls? These could be signs that your foundation girder or center beam is failing. A foundation girder is the main structural support under your home, and it provides support to the surrounding beams. CNT Foundations in North Charleston is your expert in girder removal and replacement. Our staff is dedicated to helping you find the best solution for your foundation repair needs. Call 843-405-7022 today for a free estimate.

Why would your foundation’s girder need to be replaced? There are a few reasons:

What’s wrong with my girder?

If your girder begins to fail, it can resonate through your home and cause major problems like bouncy floors. Over time, your girder may experience some damage and may need to be removed and replaced before it ruins your foundation. Here are some ways in which your girder may be damaged:

  • Sinking Support Piers: Expansive soil can cause your foundation’s support piers to sink, which puts pressure on the rest of your structure. This stress on your girder will keep it from providing the proper support to the rest of your foundation.
  • 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. CNT recommends moving sprinklers away from your foundation and directing runoff water away from your house to prevent water saturation.
  • Improper Framing: If your foundation was improperly framed, a majority of the beams may be overspanned, 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 that your home’s floors are uneven or sagging, it may be time to remove and replace your girder. Call 843-405-7022 today to speak with CNT Foundations’ expert staff in North Charleston. We provide free consultations for all foundation repair needs so you can be sure you’re making the best choice for your home.