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Stair & Stoop Problems (Cracks, Settling, Separation)

Stair and stoop repair by My Foundation RepairsThere are a variety of problems that can develop in the stairs or stoop on your home. Cracks may form in the concrete, or the stoop may begin to pull away from the home. The stairs may also start to sink or settle, making the structure unstable and difficult to walk on. These issues are not only dangerous to you and your family, but they may also significantly lower the value of your home. Settling or cracked stoops can be a sign that your foundation is failing; watch for additional symptoms of foundation failure, such as sloped or uneven floors, windows or doors that stick, bowing or leaning walls, floor cracks, wall cracks, or a sagging ceiling.

Causes of Stair & Stoop Problems (Cracks, Settling, Separation)

There are several reasons that your porch or stoop may begin to settle. Most of the causes of stair or stoop problems have to do with soil movement below the foundation of the home. The cracking or settling of a porch or stoop can result from any of the following situations:

  • Foundation Settlement: If the foundation of your home settles, it may cause the porch or stoop to settle or sink as well. Foundation settlement is normally a result of changes in the moisture content of the soil - erosion, soil shrinkage, or increased hydrostatic pressure.
  • Poorly Compacted Soil: If the soil beneath the stoop or stairs was not properly compacted at the time of construction, it may begin to settle over time. This soil settlement leads to the downward movement of the entire structure.
  • Sinkholes: Sinkholes are voids that open up in the soil due to the dissolution of rocks under the soil. When the rock underneath the soil is dissolved and carried away, the soil on top begins to collapse in on itself. If this occurs beneath your stairs or porch, the structure will sink or settle into the hole.
  • Expandable Clay: Many porches and stoops collapse due to expandable clays. This is a type of clay composite that easily absorbs and releases water depending on the moisture and temperature of the air. The clay contracts during dry seasons, lowering the level of the ground. This lowered ground level weakens the foundation of the porch or stoop, causing it to sink or settle.

Solutions of Stair & Stoop Problems (Cracks, Settling, Separation)

Stair and stoop problem repair by My Foundation RepairsOnce the cause of your leaning or bent support beams and posts has been determined, you can contact a foundation repair specialist to find a solution to fix the problem. My Foundation Repairs has a network of foundation repair contractors all across the country. Having this problem repaired as soon as possible can help save you money and keep your home safe. If the issue is ignored, it will only get worse, leading to complicated, expensive repairs and further structural damage to your home.

To repair beam and post problems that are related to a settling foundation, foundation piers, such as helical piers or steel push piers should be installed to support the foundation. These piers are installed deep beneath the ground until they reach the stable soils beneath the top layers. Once they are driven or screwed into the ground, the weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers and they are used to lift the structure back to its original position. The piers keep the foundation supported and stabilized to avoid any future foundation problems from arising. Our engineers use foundation piering products from Earth Contact Products, the leading supplier of foundation repair products to ensure that every repair lasts for years to come.

Another solution for beam and post problems is to use wall anchors to close wall cracks that may have occurred due to bowing or leaning foundation walls. These cracks provide an entry point for water leakage - by closing them, the water will no longer be able to enter the basement area. Wall anchors are installed in the ground adjacent to the affected walls and connected to the wall using a rod and plate system. Over time, the rod is tightened to straighten the wall by applying opposite pressure. When the wall is straightened, any resulting cracks will close, preventing future basement water seepage.

Any beam and posts problems in your home should be taken care of by a professional foundation repair contractor as immediately as possible. Our website can help put you in touch with a foundation repair expert in your area. Contact us today for more information on finding a local foundation repair contractor for an inspection of your foundation.