As you approach your front doorstep, you notice a series of cracks and gaps in your concrete steps, ready to give way at any moment. These aesthetic discrepancies are more than just that, they also could lead to injury, or worse, lead you down a path of structural mishaps going on within your home. If you find that your concrete steps are beginning to pull away from your home and are uneven, it may be time to reach out to your local foundation repair experts at Ohio Basement Authority. We’ll help you restore your property back to its original stability, and make sure you and your family are safe from harm.
In this post, we’ll look at how these issues come about and how our tailored solutions can help the concrete surrounding your home.
Solutions to Repair Your Concrete Steps
Every home – as well as its foundation and other structures – is different, and each requires its own unique repairs. At Ohio Basement Authority, our team is well-versed in all aspects of a property’s foundation and its concrete structures. Our inspectors have been trained to have a keen eye for spotting these problems as well as being able to diagnose their root causes and the best possible repair solutions.
These solutions can vary, as we tailor them to your home’s exact needs. The concrete steps that are pulling away from your home’s structure could be for a multitude of reasons including foundation or structural issues, climate-related issues, or the supporting soil on which your home rests.
These solutions can vary. The concrete steps pulling away from the house could be the result of foundation or structural issues or tied to the concrete and supporting soil (or lack thereof).
Foundation Repair with Helical Piers
If our inspector determines the cause of your concrete woes to be foundational in nature, they may recommend the installation of helical piers underneath the steps. Helical piers are a method of underpinning that will permanently stabilize and can help lift the problematic, settling structure. These piers are mechanically “screwed” into the ground and down to more stable, load-bearing soil. They are also perfect to use on lighter structures like concrete steps and porches.
Concrete Lifting and Stabilization with Polyurethane Injections
If your concrete steps have not pulled far away from your house or have not significantly settled or sustained other damage, they could benefit from an innovative repair process. Concrete lifting with polyurethane injections uses the same basic technique as traditional mudjacking but in a much more effective way.
Small holes the size of a penny are drilled into the concrete steps. Afterward, lightweight but durable polyurethane foam is then injected into these holes and under the concrete to fill any voids between the steps and the soil. Once the exact amount has been pumped under the concrete steps, they will begin to lift and stabilize and be flush with the rest of the home.
The foam begins to cure within 15 minutes, making it a fast-acting solution that allows you to use your concrete steps the same day. Unlike other methods such as mudjacking, repouring, or rebuilding the steps, you would need to wait for the concrete to cure before you would be able to use them.
Additional benefits of concrete step repair with polyurethane foam injections include:
- Waterproof material that will not erode or wash away
- Eco-friendly and will not leach harmful chemicals into the soil
- Helps also stabilize the underlying soil
Why Your Outdoor Concrete Steps Are Pulling Away from Your House
While our expert installers will be the ones handling the concrete step repair, it is always beneficial for you as a homeowner to be more familiar with potential hazards. Knowing how to spot them, why they are happening, and why they need to be promptly and properly addressed can prevent more severe damage from happening.
The concrete steps leading to your entryway could be problematic for a variety of reasons. If the cement used to construct the steps was not properly mixed, poured, or cured, it could develop cracks and have other structural stability issues. This isn’t unheard of, but the root of the problem is what lies beneath.
Most of these problems come down to the soil your concrete steps were built on. The Central and Southern Ohio regions have a mix of clay and silty loam. These expansive soils tend to hold onto water, have poor drainage, swell and expand when wet, and shrink when dry. This constant instability takes its toll on your concrete steps, which may have been built on soil that is different from the rest of your home’s foundation. As the soil shrinks, settles, expands, or washes out, the steps can suffer damage in the form of cracks, gaps, sinking and settling, and pulling away from your house.
Why Concrete Step Repair is Important
Not only do these problems affect your home’s aesthetics, curb appeal, and value, but they also present safety hazards to those with mobility issues and anyone using the steps. The more these issues are prolonged, the worse they will become, which is why it is important to repair concrete steps right away.
Even with all the Internet tutorials, home improvement shows and other resources, repairing concrete steps pulling away from your house is not a DIY project. It can be a dangerous, complicated undertaking, and it’s crucial to ensure the solution addresses the root cause.
That’s where our expert team at Ohio Basement Authority can help. We care about you, your home, and your safety, so don’t hesitate to contact our office and leave the repairs to us! Our experienced professionals can assess the condition of your concrete steps during a free inspection and present you with customized solutions including a quote detailing the cost and repair process.