best time of year for pier and beam foundation repair

When Is the Best Time of Year to Work on My Pier and Beam Foundation?

You’re just about ready to pull the trigger on getting your pier and beam house leveled. But something is giving you pause . . . Is this the best time of year to do this? When are the conditions optimal for crawl space foundation repair? Is there a good time or a bad time to have this kind of work done on my home?

In other words, you’ve got timing on your mind and want to make sure it’s perfect.

Anchor Foundation Repair Bryan College Station

At Anchor Foundation Repair, we’ve leveled thousands of crawl space homes at all times of the year around Bryan, College Station, and the surrounding Brazos Valley communities like Madisonville and Brenham. Since our start in 1985, we’ve learned that there are some ideal times for this kind of work, and some less-than-ideal times too. We’re happy to share what we know with you.

This article will review the optimal (and not optimal) times for pier and beam foundation repair and why. We’ll also give you some other things to consider when it comes to deciding what works best timing-wise for you and your home.

Is There a Bad Time for Pier and Beam Foundation Repair?

don't do foundation repair when it's wet
This dog is like, “Seriously dude, *don’t* do foundation repairs right now . . .”

Even though we do find ourselves working all year long, there are times that we either can’t or won’t work on elevated crawl space foundations. It’s not good for your home and in some cases, it’s not good for us either.

The wet winter and spring months of the year tend to be bad times for working on pier and beam or crawl space types of foundations for several reasons:

  • It can be somewhat unsafe for our crews to use power tools, electrical cables, and extension cords in really wet conditions. Sloshing around in the mud would also make work slow and much more difficult to accomplish.
  • It’s often not physically possible to use the bottle jacks to raise your home when the ground is soft. Instead of the jack raising your home, the jack goes into the ground. We’ve got a good video showing how this happens.
  • Your repairs might not stay as snug and secure with drier weather coming soon, causing shims to loosen quickly as the expansive clay soil shrinks when the rainfall drops off. Since the home is not at its lowest point in wet soil, it has more room to sink once the warm, dry months come around.

There are many times when we decide it’s better to wait to begin crawl space work projects because the conditions are not optimal for the most effective and long-lasting repairs. Rather than signing up for job delays and uncertainties, you might want to wait until the weather is less wet to schedule your repairs.

When Is There a Better Time for House Leveling?

do pier and beam foundation repairs when it's dry
This *hot* dog is like, “Fire away, bro . . .”

Ok boss, so if I can’t get the repairs during wetter months, then is it better to wait for things to be dry? 

You’re a sharp one . . . nothing gets by you, does it?

It is better to perform pier and beam house leveling and any crawl space foundation repairs during dry months when rainfall is at its lowest. For us here in Central Texas, that’s summer. Here’s why:

  • A dry crawl space is easier and faster to work in than a muddy mess. Less time on the job can mean less cost for you.
  • The expansive clay soil is at its most contracted and compacted state.
  • If the weather gets even drier, any more soil contraction will be minimal, lessening the chance of loosening shims and extra settlement later.

The thing about expansive clay soils is that they are always expanding and contracting seasonally depending on how much it rains. You want your home to be at its lowest point on dry, unexpanded soil so that when the home is raised and secured, it’s raised enough to properly stabilize and secure the foundation. 

If it’s not dry enough when your pier and beam home is repaired, it literally leaves room for problems.

What If It’s Never Dry Enough In My Crawl Space?

If your crawl space is not ever drying out, you might have some other problems that need to be addressed. Solving damp crawl space issues sometimes requires a multi-faceted approach.

  • If you don’t have gutters, you might need them.
  • If you do have gutters, make sure your downspouts are directing water far enough away from your home, or get downspout extensions.
  • Check the grading and slope of your yard and make sure that water is draining away and not towards or flowing underneath the home.
  • Improve ventilation if it appears to be part of the problem.
  • Consider more drainage solutions if you have a considerable amount of water that isn’t going anywhere.

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Is it time for gutters?

Ideally, you should be able to do your crawl space repairs and then tackle any drainage issues. You might even be able to work on your foundation and drainage at the same time. But if it’s super soggy down there all the time, then you pretty much need to handle your drainage problem first or no foundation repair contractor will be able to work on your home.

Some homeowners fall prey to the myth of crawl space encapsulation as the ultimate solution to moisture problems under your home. No amount of ventilation or new-fangled concepts like encapsulation will dry out your crawl space if you’ve got a river running through it. (Yes, that *was* a Brad Pitt movie reference in case you’re wondering . . . )

What’s the Best Time of Year to Repair My Crawl Space Home?

Now that you know the *optimal* time to repair a crawl space foundation is when things are at their driest, don’t neglect the importance of your other needs. You might need to get this project done first and fast because you’ve got other stuff going on and won’t be able to mess with it later. 

Sometimes you just have to schedule projects when they work best for you and you have the time and headspace to handle them. You might be eager to get this foundation stuff done so that you can get started on a major remodeling project afterward. So even if the timing isn’t as *perfectly perfect* as you would like, warranties are there to keep you covered.

when is the best time for crawl space foundation repair?

We understand the stress and anxiety that comes with overwhelming repair projects. At Anchor Foundation Repair, we offer fair and impartial assessments, empowering education, and a fully transparent warranty policy. After 35+ years in business, we want you to know as much about foundation repair as you desire so we make it easy for you to understand.

Anchor has a reasonable 3-year warranty for pier and beam house leveling. We cover any needed adjustments within the first year for free that could be the result of imperfect job timing. Check out this article to decode the Anchor pier and beam warranty policies.