We all remember the the children’s story, “The Three Little Pigs,” and from that, it is easy to believe that brick-built homes in Sydney will last forever. Pier replacement is required when the existing brick piers under the subfloor have failed. This can be due any number of factors including poorly built piers, salt-affected piers or even piers sinking due to weather conditions or settling foundations.
Piers are an integral part for many homes. They are used to keep the floor off the ground and provide your home with a damp-free living space. Prior to the advent of insulated concrete slabs, many Sydney homes were built on piers, with sandstone, brick, concrete and steel all being used across various builds.
Almost all homes built in and around Sydney prior to the 1980s were built on brick piers with a brick foundation embedded into the ground. Due to the factors noted above, we see the deterioration of this mortar which can lead to, or be a result of water seeping into joins and cracks.
After 40 years of this treatment, it’s easy to understand why bricks and mortar become brittle and powdery resulting in the sinking of your home, most visibly highlighted by jamming windows, creaking floors and other surfaces losing their levelness.
Many renovators in older Sydney homes will attest to the fact that movement of around 100mm (4 inches) can have a massive impact on any renovation work despite appearing virtually unnoticeable to the naked eye.
If the floor of your home is out of level, you can be assured that there is going to be strain across the entire structure and eventually something will have to give. When you consider the value of housing in Sydney, a crumbling foundation isn’t just a structural issue, it can be a significant financial issue to your bricks and mortar investment.
Timely repair or replacement of these piers not only resolves this issue, but is also much more cost effective than major rectification works requiring re-plastering, bricklaying, re-concreting and re-painting.
There are many factors that can lead to the deterioration of building foundation requiring the replacement of piers. Many homes throughout Sydney’s inner-west show signs of disrepair due to the age of homes in these areas. From Ashfield to Strathfield and many of these well established suburbs, BillCorp replaces piers in Sydney from the inner west and beyond. With our skilled tradesmen, you can be assured that your bricks and mortar investment is in good hands.
Fortunately, there is an easy solution to this common problem experienced by Sydney property owners. Contact
the team at BillCorp
to discuss pier replacement
and have one of our trained experts come out to assess the situation. We can then recommend a course of action to return your property to complete structural soundness. With over 25 years of experience, you can trust that our team will quickly isolate and find a solution to the problem.