Damaged Beam in West Seneca, NY

Alto Home Inspection LLC was recently asked to inspect a home in West Seneca, and we wanted to share our knowledge about an issue that we found, why it's a problem and what we would do if it was my house.

Damaged Beam Found During Home Inspection in West Seneca
We found this problem during an inspection of the home’s structure, as viewed from the crawlspace.
A structural beam was deformed at the point where it rested on concrete piers, indicating that the strength of the beam may have been less that intended. .
We referred our client to a qualified structural engineer to review this situation. Compression of wood fibers to the extent that we found can be a sign that the wood strength is less than required, that the beam is undersized or that there are too few concrete piers to support the weight of bearing on the beam. In any case, we’re not an engineering firm so we defer to the experts on the proper solution.
Like most problems that we find during home inspections in West Seneca, this problem can be corrected. Regardless, it’s best to plan for repairing this situation as soon as possible since it’s an important structural support of the house.
This was probably a design issue that should never have occurred. If a structural engineer or architect reviewed the design before it was implemented, then this would probably not have happened.
Compressed beam resting on pier in West Seneca, NY

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