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Sinking Steps

Durable concrete steps are more than just a pathway to your home; they signify safety and stability. When these steps start to sink, both the beauty and safety of your property are compromised. Bay Area Underpinning is committed to addressing such vital concerns by offering specialized, high-quality concrete lifting solutions. Dive into this guide to gain insights into sinking concrete steps and how our innovative methods can restore your peace of mind.

What Exactly Are Sinking Concrete Steps?

If your concrete steps have a lack of stability or an uneven surface, they’re exhibiting symptoms of sinking. This is not just an aesthetic concern; it indicates potential underlying issues like soil displacement or imbalances in structure. Apart from sinking steps, you might spot:

Sinking steps can be potential tripping points and mar your property’s visual appeal. Delayed interventions may lead to a complete breakdown of the staircase, emphasizing the importance of timely action with trusted entities like Bay Area Underpinning.

What Leads to Concrete Steps Sinking?

Various factors can trigger sinking in concrete steps:

  • Soil Settling: When the underlying soil undergoes compaction, shifts, or sinks, it negatively impacts the overlying concrete. Soils rich in clay content are particularly notorious for this.
  • Soil Erosion: Excessive water flow can erode the supportive soil under the stairs, jeopardizing the concrete’s stability.
  • Tree Root Invasion: Growing tree roots can disturb the soil, leading to lifting or cracking of the concrete.
  • Water Exposure: Continuous exposure to elements like rain, floodwaters, or melting snow can soften the soil and induce erosion.
  • Temperature Fluctuations: Water seeping into existing cracks, followed by freezing and thawing, can widen the cracks.
  • Inferior Concrete Quality: Improper preparation or issues during the curing process can make the concrete susceptible to sinking.

It’s crucial to note that these factors not only impact steps but also threaten the foundation of your home. This calls for a holistic intervention from experts at Bay Area Underpinning.

Is Rectifying Sinking Concrete Steps Possible?

Certainly! However, superficial fixes won’t stand the test of time. While some may consider DIY methods or traditional mudjacking, these solutions tend to be transient, costly, and less efficient.

For a thorough resolution, consider concrete lifting, where high-density polyurethane foam is injected beneath the concrete. This foam expands and sets within 15 minutes, stabilizing the sinking sections. In some cases, additional foundation repair methods like piers might be required.

The Bay Area Underpinning Method to Repair Sinking Steps

We at Bay Area Underpinning use an advanced technique, SettleStop PolyRenewal™, to restore sinking concrete steps. Here’s a glimpse of our detailed procedure:

  • Evaluation: A thorough inspection to determine damage extent and necessary repairs.
  • Drilling: Tiny holes are drilled into the distressed concrete.
  • Setting up Injection Ports: These ports are strategically placed in the drilled holes.
  • Foam Preparation: The two-part polyurethane foam is mixed.
  • Foam Injection: The foam is introduced beneath the concrete.
  • Elevation: As the foam solidifies, it gently raises the sunken sections.
  • Refinement: The holes are sealed, ensuring a seamless finish.
  • Crack Repair: Any visible cracks are mended to prevent further damage.
  • Safety Assurance: Maintenance plans to ensure long-lasting results.

Unlike typical remedies, our SettleStop PolyRenewal™ is designed to provide a sustainable solution to sinking concrete issues.

Why Address Sinking Steps Now?

Immediate action against sinking steps is paramount to:

  • Stop the progression of damage.
  • Prevent potential foundation concerns.
  • Ensure the safety of inhabitants and visitors.
  • Uphold the aesthetic and structural integrity of your property.
  • Benefit from Bay Area Underpinning’s guaranteed solutions.

Stay a step ahead by letting Bay Area Underpinning assess and rejuvenate your sinking steps with our proficient PolyRenewal™ services.

Connect with Bay Area Underpinning for Dependable Concrete Lifting Solutions

Elevate the safety and aesthetic standards of your home with Bay Area Underpinning’s concrete lifting expertise. Reach out to us for a free, non-binding inspection and put an end to the woes of sinking steps.

Renowned in Central and Southern regions for over 15 years, homeowners trust us for our individualized care, precision, and dependable restoration techniques.


Generally, the SettleStop PolyRenewal™ method can be completed within a day. However, factors like damage severity might alter the timeframe. Reach out to Bay Area Underpinning for precise timelines.

Our high-density polyurethane foam sets in about 15 minutes, ensuring quick usability. This efficiency surpasses methods like mudjacking.

Absolutely, the PolyRenewal™ foam from Bay Area Underpinning is robust and resilient against environmental elements. It’s designed to provide longevity without negatively impacting the surroundings.

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Disclaimer: “Concrete leveling” means the process by which cracked, uneven concrete is stabilized, and in many cases lifted, by means of PolyRenewal™ polyurethane foam. Bay Area Underpinning does not guarantee that PolyRenewal™ can make your concrete perfectly level.

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