Originally Posted By: Ed Griffin
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A friend of mine is considering buying a house built in 1945. It is pier and beam and obviously has some problems. The floors are very unlevel and doorways (one in particular) are off level by close to 2 inches.
He had the foundation looked at by a contractor who said that one of the piers had fallen over and the beam which it was supporting was broken in two. There was no deterioration of the wood. He gave an estimate of $3,500 to repair the foundation. Sounded very cheap to me.
My big question is, how much damage to the rest of the structure could have been caused by the failing beam? Would repairing it fix the problem or could there be further problems with the wood frame walls…?