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Why do I have two concrete peirs (20"DX48"HX32"W) in the basement? Do they help the structure? The house was build in 1957 and the basement of of cinder blocks, if it helps
 

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You need to supply photos of the piers, and a complete description of the piers. What are they holding up? Is there a column on them, if so what are the dimensions of the column, what is it made of, what does it attach to? Without detailed information, this is equivalent to going to a doctor and saying your stomach hurts, what is wrong with me?
 

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is there a beam on top of them and the floor joists on top of that? If so, that is what holds your house up in the middle.
 

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is there a beam on top of them and the floor joists on top of that? If so, that is what holds your house up in the middle.
This. They can only make lumber lengths so long, so to make the house longer than what lumber can be, it's divided up. And lets assume they did make em longer, it would probably still be needed anyway to distribute weight and avoid sagging. Think of the piers on bridges. Same idea.
 
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