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The basement of the home can often be overlooked. But it is important to look at the support beams and posts in your basement to see if they are beginning to bend or lean. If you find that they are bending or leaning, this can be a sign of a foundation problem. These compromised posts can become a serious problem for a homeowner in the Bay Area. When these beams and posts start to lean, they can lead to other serious issues in your home including:

  • Sagging or uneven floors - As supporting beams being to lean, they will bring the floor with them resulting in sagging or uneven floors.
  • Cracks - Cracks in the floors and walls are caused when supporting beams start to lean.
  • Wet basement - Moisture will penetrate through the cracks that a leaning post causes, resulting in a wet basement.
  • Inspect and pest infestation - Cracks provide a space where insects and pests can infiltrate your home.

If you notice a leaning post or beam, it is time to contact a professional with experience in foundation repair. Bay Area Underpinning can do a free inspection of your home and look for some of the other indications of foundation failure such as:

At the first sign of a leaning post or any of the other signs of foundation failure in your Bay Area home, contact Bay Area Underpinning for a free estimate. We have the solutions for your foundation repair needs.

Solutions to Beam and Post Problems in the Bay Area in California

If your beam and post problems are the result of foundation failure, the solution that Bay Area Underpinning uses is to install steel push piers or helical piers. These piers are driven individually deep into the ground through unstable soil until they reach a more stable soil layer. 

Steel push piers are an end-bearing pier, which means that it does not rely on any type of friction to product support. The piers are load tested before being installed to assure they meet the standards and will produce the support needed for the repair. This will ensure maximum weight can be supported during the restoration and load transfer.

Helical piers are used when a repair is needed to stabilize a light structural load. They are also used in unstable rock foundation and when very deep load-bearing stratum is present. They are mechanically installed by screwing them deep into the soil and are closely monitored during the installation to assure optimum capacity. All of our underpinning products are manufactured by Earth Contact Products, the best in the industry.

Bay Area Underpinning is a family owned local business located in Vallejo, CA and serves the entire Bay Area in California, including San Francisco and Sacramento. We take pride in the reputation that we have built in this area and we intend to keep it. So, if you have noticed any beam or post problems in your home or business, contact the experts at Bay Area Underpinning. We have solutions for you!