Steps / Garage & Porch Settling

Steps / Garage & Porch Settling

Steps, garages, and porches are usually placed on uncompaced fill dirt causing them to settle.  Steps and porches usually can be lifted with our piers to put them back into the original position.  Normally garages will settle when there is a center column that divides two garage doors.  That center column may not have a proper footing to withstand the load above it causing it to shift.  In other cases there may be one long double garage opening that the lintel is sagging that causes the load to fail.  In this case we use hydraulic jacks to lift the lintel, drill through the veneer to expose the framing, then install masonry anchors to attach the lintel to the framing.  Taking out brick to replace the lintel is not something that is required.  It helps to have a thinker lintel to support weight but that isn’t enough to keep it from sagging.  It must be bolted and attached to the framing before any weight can be put on it.

Common Questions

Steps

My handyman repaired the crack over my garage door but the crack came back. What can happen if I just keep patching it?

The cracks will usually get bigger each time you repair it.  It can even spread into the brick instead of just the mortar.  Once the cracks get too big then the repair will be harder to disguise and the wall will have to be replaced.

Garage & Porch Settling

What can I do to save my steps since they don’t make my brick anymore?

If caught at the right time we can lift them back into place without tearing them out. However if you wait too long the footing can crack/split and then it may be too late.

Stonework Steps

My inspector told me I need to replace my lintel. What are my options and do I need to replace all my brick?

Up to this point we have never torn out an existing lintel and replaced it with a larger one.  The reason why they sag is due to improper installation. We can reinforce the lintel and save the brick without tearing them out.  It is almost impossible to purchase new brick to match your home so we’ve developed this system that has proven to work.

Garage & Porch Settling

Garage & Porch Settling