A cracked stoop or cracks in concrete stairs is when a set of steps can tilt, sink, crumble, or completely separate in response to changes in the underlying concrete and soil. Not only is this unsightly, it can be dangerous for anyone entering or exiting your home or office. Learn how concrete step repair can keep your family and guests safe from tripping hazards – and keep your curb appeal up to par.
Repairing Concrete Steps – Techniques
Concrete step repair techniques work to safeguard the integrity of the concrete steps, while patching any unsightly cracks or holes. For minor cracks and chips, sometimes a simple patch can fix things. But when concrete steps have major cracks, wobbly, uneven sections, or are tilted or sunken, we recommend having a professional assess the severity of the situation. In many cases, a leveling product can be injected beneath the concrete to raise steps that have sunken back to their original position.
Why Choose TFS for Concrete Step Repair
A professional foundation inspection is recommended to determine if foundation settlement is present, especially if there are multiple cracks. Next, a plan for improvement will be presented. Often, concrete steps sink or crack when the underlying soil has eroded or compacted. If you simply patch cracks in the concrete steps without fixing this problem, the steps will crack again.
At TFS – The Foundation Specialists, we recommend using PolyLEVEL for concrete step repair. Traditional methods like mudjacking and slab jacking can lift the stoop or stairs, but adding additional dense concrete to raise a sinking stoop will only add more weight only causing the stoop to sink again. Our PolyLEVEL polyurethane expanding foam weighs only about 4lbs. per cubic ft., compared to 120lbs. per cubic ft. for standard fill material. PolyLEVEL’s light weight makes it useful where denser fill material might impose an undesirable load on weak soils.
To learn more about concrete step repair or to receive a quote for concrete repair services, contact TFS today.
TFS – The Foundation Specialists serves all of middle Tennessee including Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, Murfreesboro, Lebanon, Smyrna, Hendersonville, Gallatin and surrounding areas including Clarksville, TN, Cookeville, TN, Hopkinsville, KY, & Bowling Green, KY. Since 1999, we have been improving our customer’s lives by improving the place they call home.