Before view of the sunken granite steps. From this view, clear to see the trim work has separated entirely from the steps, looking very unsightly.
After view of the steps raised back into near original position. Helical piers were used, along with PolyLEVEL, to permanently stabilize the granite steps.
View of the upper section of the portico attached to the steps. Clear to see it is pulling away from the home as the steps settle.
After raising the granite steps with helical piers and PolyLEVEL, the portico section attached to the steps is back in place, no longer leaning out or pulling away from the main home.
View of the helical pier on the left side of the granite steps. A steel beam was used between the pier and the footing of the steps, helping to distribute the weight evenly. PolyLEVEL was also used to fill the voids beneath the heavy steps.
View of the helical pier on the right side of the granite steps. A steel beam was used between the pier and the footing of the steps, helping to distribute the weight evenly. PolyLEVEL was also used to fill the voids beneath the heavy steps.
View of the settling granite step, the steps separating from the trim and kickboard under the front door.
Helical piers were used to lift the sunken steps back into their original position, noticably closing the gaps between the granite and the trim on the portico.
These granite steps on a home in Methuen, MA were gradually sinking due to unstable soils. As the steps sank, the portico structure attached to them began to pull away from the main house, causing further damage. Erickson Foundation Supportworks installed helical piers and PolyLEVEL to permanently fix the issue.