Many times, we don’t spend a lot of time looking at the front door of our home. Maybe we have a side or back door that is used a lot more. Eventually, company comes over, and we finally notice that the front steps are pulling away from the home. Perhaps there are cracks, a gap between the home and the steps, and maybe the stairs are sinking as well. You may be wondering how this happened, if it really needs repaired, and how it can be repaired. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the reasons that you might have steps that are pulling away from the home and some of the possible solutions.
One of the big reasons are that your foundation (and steps) is not being supported by the soil. Whether the soil is an expanding soil, like clay, which will shift over time, or it just wasn’t properly compacted at the time of construction, the soil beneath your steps is moving and causing your steps to settle. Other reasons for steps that move include sinkholes beneath your steps or in your yard, or other foundation damage to the rest of your home. However, the main reason is usually settlement which is caused by shifting soils. Your contractor will determine the reason behind why your steps are moving.
Aren’t steps pulling away from the home just a cosmetic issue? It’s nothing to worry about, right? Steps pulling away from the home can actually be a sign that there are foundation problems in the home. Take steps pulling away from the home seriously because there could be other issues going on that could cost you a lot more.
The first thing to do is to call for a free estimate and find out what’s really going on with your home’s steps. This is important because a professional can tell you what’s going on, give you an idea of how they’d like to proceed, and give you a price estimate. You can even shop around for the best price with a no obligation free estimate. Next, your contractor will decide which option will work best for your steps. One option for your steps could be underpinning, like helical piers or push piers. These are driven into the stable ground deep below the top shifting soils. They provide stability for your home when they are attached with a metal plate to the area that needs help. However, your contractor may recommend a different option that would work best for your situation.
Contact Foundation Systems of WV for a free estimate. We are happy to come out and figure out what’s going on, an we will provide you with an idea of what we think is the best option for repair. Call us today for more information and to get started!