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Question DetailsAsked on 5/7/2015

Which is better for home foundation repair: steel pier, concrete, or concrete with steel beam enforced?

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Sorry - there are so many modes of failure, types of foundation, types of soil conditions, severity of the condition that there is no one best - depends on the situation. If you want to provide a description of what your situation is, your locale, whether groundwater is part ofthe issue, and ideally some pictures contributors here can give a long-distance opinion of whether something looks serious and if a proposed plan of action sounds reasonable.

But generally for foundation/structural issues an evaluation and a design by a local civil/geotechnical/structural engineer (as appropriate to case) is your best bet, because there are a ton of foundation repair contractors out there with zero knowledge of structural design or soil loads or how to repair a problem, or even to evaluate whether it is better to repair or rebuild a failed area. There are also a number of basically scams going around claiming "state of the art" foundation repair which are little more than voodoo.

You can respond back using the Answer This Question button right below your question, and attach photos using the leftmost yellow icon right above the text box in the Your Answer box that pops up when you click that button.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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