Have you noticed that the basement walls of your home are beginning to crack? Or maybe you’ve noticed that the floorboards of your home are starting to sag. If so, then it’s likely that your home needs a lally column replacement. Lally columns provide support for a foundation and can be found on both the interior and exterior of a house. In this blog post, we’ll explain when and why you should replace lally columns in your home.
What Are Lally Columns?
Lally columns are steel posts that have been filled with concrete or sometimes hollow steel tubes. They provide structural support for beams or joists which, in turn, help support a building's foundation. Not only do they help prevent foundation cracks from forming, but they also ensure that floors remain level.
When to Replace Lally Columns
If your home has been standing for more than 10 years, then it’s likely time to replace your lally columns. This is especially true if you live in an area where soil shifts occur often (such as areas near bodies of water). Another telltale sign that you need new lally columns is if there is noticeable settling around the area where the column is located. If the column itself looks bent or warped, then it's likewise a good indication that it needs to be replaced.
Why Replace Lally Columns?
Replacing old lally columns is important because they help maintain structural integrity throughout your home. Without them, floors could start sagging and walls could begin cracking—both of which can be very costly problems to fix if left unaddressed for too long. Additionally, replacing lally columns will give you peace of mind knowing that your most valuable asset—your home—is safe from potential damage caused by shifting soils or excessive weight placed on its foundation walls and floors.
Whether it’s for peace of mind or because you’re noticing signs of wear and tear in the form of cracked walls or sagging floors, replacing lally columns in your home is a must-do task every decade or so—especially if you live in an area prone to soil shifts like those near bodies of water or hillsides with changing landscapes. By replacing these essential components regularly, homeowners can rest assured knowing their homes are well supported and structurally sound!