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Sinking Concrete Steps 

Durable stairs are essential for safe home entry. Baker’s Waterproofing makes repairing your stairs hassle-free, so you can get back to your life quickly and safely. 

Sinking concrete steps can be unsightly and dangerous, posing a tripping hazard for homeowners and guests. Unfortunately, sinking concrete steps are common due to various factors. 

Baker’s Waterproofing is a leader in concrete lifting solutions. We offer specialized solutions to restore the safety and appearance of your concrete steps. With our extensive expertise and cutting-edge technology, we guarantee to restore this vital part of your home. 

Learn more about the factors that cause concrete steps to sink and how Baker’s Waterproofing solutions can help you regain your home’s stability and peace of mind. 

What Are Sinking Concrete Steps? 

Sinking concrete steps are stairs that have descended or shifted from their initial position. This occurrence happens due to various factors, including soil issues, erosion, or foundation structural issues.  
The resulting instabilities compromise the steps’ integrity and pose a severe safety hazard. These issues can worsen if left unattended, leading to further deterioration and potential injury. 

Here are some other concrete problems you may notice around your property: 

  • Cracked concrete 
  • Cracked driveway 
  • Cracked sidewalks 
  • Cracked pool deck 
  • Cracked concrete patio 
  • Concrete pitting, flaking, and staining 
  • Sinking porch 

Sunken concrete stairs present a significant tripping hazard and can detract from your home’s aesthetic appeal. If you observe any concrete cracks or fractures in your home’s stairway, it’s crucial to seek professional assistance from a reputable company like Baker’s Waterproofing. This proactive step will help prevent further damage to your valuable investment. 

What Causes Sinking Concrete Steps? 

Sinking steps are caused by various factors, including: 

  • Soil Settlement: When the soil below your stairs shifts and settles, the concrete above it can crack and sink. This is especially common in clay-rich soils, where the soil can shrink and swell with changes in moisture content. 
  • Soil Erosion: Water flowing underneath or against stairs can erode and wash away the supporting soil, undermining the structural integrity of the concrete. 
  • Tree Root Intrusion: Growing tree roots cause problems, displacing the underlying soil, exerting upward pressure, and lifting and cracking the concrete from below. 
  • Moisture Exposure: Chronic exposure to moisture, whether from heavy rain, flooding, or snowmelt, softens the soil and leads to erosion beneath the stairs. 
  • Freeze-Thaw Effect: The freezing and thawing effects of water that has infiltrated cracks causes them to widen, affecting foundation. 
  • Subpar Concrete Workmanship: Weak concrete that wasn’t adequately prepared or experienced issues during the curing process is more likely to develop cracks and sink over time. 

The factors contributing to stair cracks can also jeopardize the stability of your home’s foundation, underscoring the importance of seeking professional repair. 

Can You Fix Sinking Concrete Steps? 

Yes, sinking concrete steps can be repaired. DIY repair projects and traditional approaches like mudjacking offer only temporary solutions. Although they may seem more affordable and faster at first, these options often lead to higher costs in terms of time and money. 

Addressing the visible damage and the underlying issues that impact your home’s structural integrity requires a comprehensive approach. Baker’s Waterproofing provides whole-home solutions that address every aspect of the problem, ensuring lasting relief from recurring damage. 

Concrete lifting is a highly effective technique for repairing cracked and sinking steps. This method involves injecting high-density polyurethane foam beneath the concrete, gently raising and stabilizing each slab, and returning them to their original position. The foam expands and sets quickly, typically within 15 minutes, allowing for minimal disruption and a quick return to service. 

Depending on the severity of the damage, additional specialized foundation repairs, such as foundation piers may also be utilized in the restoration process. 

How to Fix Sinking Concrete Steps 

At Baker’s Waterproofing, we utilize an advanced concrete lifting method known as SettleStop™ PolyRenewal™ Injection System to effectively and securely restore sinking concrete steps. Our process involves: 

  • Inspection: We conduct a thorough inspection to determine the extent of damage, its underlying causes, and devise a tailored repair strategy. 
  • Drill Holes: We create small holes in the affected concrete. 
  • Position Ports: We carefully place injection ports into the holes in preparation for the next step. 
  • Prepare Foam: We carefully blend the specialized two-part polyurethane foam. 
  • Inject Foam: We administer the high-density foam beneath the affected concrete. 
  • Lift the Steps: The foam bridges gap between the concrete steps and the soil. As it solidifies, it gently lifts the sunken concrete areas. 
  • Seal Holes: After achieving stability, we seal the drilled holes, ensuring a seamless finish. 
  • Rectify Cracks: We address existing cracks to prevent future damage. 
  • Ensure Safety: Our maintenance program guarantees ongoing stability and long-lasting durability. 

Our proprietary concrete lifting foam is customized and engineered specifically to address your home’s unique conditions. Unlike DIY fixes, PolyRenewal™ provides a long-term solution to safely lift and stabilize sinking concrete stairs. 

Why Address Sinking Concrete Steps Now 

It’s important to address sinking concrete steps promptly for several reasons: 

  • Prevent Further Damage: Leaving the stairs unrepaired leads to accelerated deterioration as water seeps into widening cracks. Quick action staves off further problems. 
  • Avoid Foundation Problems: Similarly, settling soil under the steps often indicates foundation settlement, requiring urgent attention. Early repairs protect your foundation. 
  • Ensure Safety: Sinking, uneven stairs significantly increase fall and injury risks for you, your family, and guests. Concrete lifting rectifies tripping hazards and structural instabilities. 
  • Preserve Property Value: Sinking steps are affecting your home’s curb appeal. Reliable repairs maintain and enhance the aesthetic and structural value of the property. 
  • Lasting Solution: Our concrete lifting repairs are covered by comprehensive warranties, giving you peace of mind. Act now to stop damage before repairs become costlier. 

Take a proactive approach by entrusting Baker’s Waterproofing with the inspection and restoration of your sinking steps. Our skilled PolyRenewal™ service offers a secure, dependable, and lasting solution. 

Contact Baker’s Waterproofing for Reliable Concrete Repair

Enhance your home’s curb appeal and safety with Baker’s Waterproofing innovative concrete lifting solutions. Our expert team has over two decades of experience and a proven track record of revitalizing concrete structures, including sinking steps. Contact us to schedule a complimentary inspection.  

FAQs

Our signature SettleStop™ PolyRenewal™ concrete lifting solution typically takes just one day to complete, with the expanding foam solidifying in as little as 15 minutes. However, the project timeline may vary depending on the severity of the damage and any additional repairs needed. This is significantly faster than traditional repair methods, such as mudjacking, which can take several days or weeks to complete. Additionally, our concrete lifting solution is less invasive and disruptive, meaning you can resume using your concrete surfaces sooner. Contact Baker’s Waterproofing for a personalized timeline.

Usually, your stairs can be used on the same day as the repair. Thanks to our high-density polyurethane foam, which sets in just 15 minutes, we can swiftly reinstate the functionality of your stairs. This process is faster and more efficient than traditional methods like mudjacking or foundation replacement, which may take days or weeks to cure.  

Baker’s Waterproofing PolyRenewal™ foam is a durable and long-lasting solution for repairing sinking concrete steps. It consists of high-density polyurethane material, resistant to water, soil, and other environmental factors. PolyRenewal™ foam is also lightweight and expandable, making it ideal for filling voids and lifting concrete slabs without damaging the surrounding area. 

Our PolyRenewal™ foam is a sustainable solution made from recycled materials. It is non-toxic, making it safe for people, pets, and the environment. 

Contact Baker’s Waterproofing today to learn more about concrete lifting and foundation repair and to schedule a free inspection and learn about financing options. 

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