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Unlevel Concrete Steps

Finding signs of cracking and sinking in any concrete surface in or around your home is inconvenient and unsettling. It's time to call a professional if you detect unlevel steps on your property.

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Unlevel Concrete Steps

If your concrete steps are sagging and appear uneven, you are most certainly dealing with uneven stairs. This can create a tripping hazard, putting your home at risk. Your external staircases are an important element of your foundation, so contact a company like Basement Authority of West Virginia for assistance.

What Causes Uneven Steps

You could be seeing unlevel, sinking concrete steps outside your home for a variety of reasons. Here are a few of the most common causes of this concrete problem.

Foundation Settlement

When your foundation begins settling, your steps will crack and shift as a result. Because house settlement is an anticipated occurrence, you will almost certainly run into this issue at some point. If the unevenness is caused by a natural event, the steps will stop shifting and stabilize at a certain point. They will also break and pull away from your house, making them far more dangerous tripping hazards than if they were simply unlevel. Even in their unequal placements, the damaged stairs will remain stable. This makes uneven stairs relatively easy to fix.

Waterproofing Mistakes

If your foundation is not appropriately waterproofed in the appropriate places, such as your basement, your home’s concrete stairs may be affected. Moisture and humidity are famously harmful in the home and around your concrete and concrete structures. Flooding in the basement or crawl space causes an increase in humidity, mold, mildew, and wood decay. This could make your property’s steps uneven in a number of ways. Damage to the subfloor and supporting timber joists can influence interior stairs, whereas foundation difficulties are more likely to harm external or basement steps.

Poor Drainage

To prevent overly saturated soil from negatively affecting your concrete, it’s critical to have sufficient drainage for your foundation. When you have inadequate drainage on your property or there is a major storm, the earth will swell as it absorbs massive volumes of water. Water can permeate your home’s concrete structures such as your walkway, driveway, and more, due to this poorly drained soil. Another possibility is that heavier constructions, particularly those constructed on exceptionally wet soil, will sink. This could have an impact on your home and any concrete steps you have outside.

FAQs

Yes, attempting to walk down uneven steps and taking a misstep can result in injury. Unlevel, unstable, or damaged steps are dangerous for a multitude of reasons. They can be both a warning sign that more problems are on the way and actively harmful to you, your family, and anyone who comes to see you. Damaged steps that are slanted, unstable, or uneven are extremely dangerous to walk on, especially for anyone who already has mobility challenges. Elderly persons, young children, and people who have difficulty moving about or seeing depth fall under this category.

Because of the numerous causes and consequences that can occur at the same time, lifting steps that aren’t level can be tough. While you may believe you can fix your uneven steps on your own, Foundation Systems of West Virginia recommends hiring a professional foundation and concrete repair company like us. To elevate and replace the concrete structures around your home like exterior steps, we use polyurethane foam injection. PolyRenewal™ is a minimally invasive concrete lifting method. The foam is injected underneath the concrete and expands in 15 minutes, effectively lifting and mending the concrete.

PolyRenewal™ is a void-filling, expanding foam that can be used under concrete. PolyRenewal™ injections are commonly used to elevate sinking exterior concrete slabs in driveways, patios, pool decks, and other areas. However, the foam has other applications, such as raising inner concrete slab floors. Even though its major goal is to lift and restore, PolyRenewal™’s adaptability is one of its numerous advantages.

Call us For a Free Inspection

If your home’s external stairs are becoming uneven, it is time to contact an expert like Basement Authority of West Virginia. Our team of professionals is equipped with all the tools needed to lift your home’s uneven concrete steps efficiently and permanently. Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, and Morgantown are just some of the communities that we are proud to serve. And we understand how the hot, humid summers and mild, rainy winters, as well as the area’s silt loam soil, affect your concrete. Don’t wait until the problem worsens. Our experts are here to provide free, no-obligation inspections of your home and its concrete.

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