Why Are My Front Steps Sinking?
Are your front steps sinking, tipping, tilting, settling or pulling away from your foundation? (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
The lazy days of summer are a great time to sit on your front porch sipping lemonade and visiting with neighbors. But does something seem off? Are your front steps sinking, tipping, tilting, settling or pulling away from your foundation?
What’s causing this?
There are a variety of problems that can develop in the stairs or stoop of your home.
Level front stairs add curb appeal and safety to 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.
They may also be a liability should uneven steps injure a visitor, delivery person or mail carrier.
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
- Poorly Compacted Soil
- Expandable Clay
Because your front steps are the first thing many visitors see, damaged steps are an eyesore and harm your home’s curb appeal.
Is it a sign of foundation problems?
If the concrete is tipped inward toward your home, it also may funnel water directly toward your foundation, leading to more serious structural issues.
Settling or cracked stoops can be a sign that your foundation is failing; so watch for additional symptoms of foundation failure, such as sloped floors, windows or doors that stick, bowing walls, floor cracks, wall cracks, or a sagging ceiling.
What can be done?
PolyPier, a two-part polyurethane foam, can be injected under your concrete to lift and level the sinking segment.
The good news is stair and stoop problems are fixable. Once the cause has been determined, you can contact a foundation repair specialist to find a solution to fix the problem.
PolyPier, made by Earth Contact Products, is a two-part polyurethane foam which levels your concrete slabs by providing a supportive, strong layer below the concrete.
Fix those steps or slab so you can have peace of mind that your home is safe from trips, leaks, cracks, and more!
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