Above are photos of some common symptoms of foundation issues.
Above are photos of some common symptoms of foundation issues.

Foundation problems are often identified when cracks or other anomalies appear in various places throughout the structure. When these conditions are observed, it is important to contact a qualified Kansas City foundation repair specialist, and possibly a professional geotechnical or structural engineer, to determine the probable cause of the cracking, the general severity and urgency of the problem, and the appropriate course(s) of action.

The symptoms described below may be caused by settlement or heave. Settlement typically occurs most frequently along the exterior foundation system, whereas heave is typically encountered within interior areas of a basement or crawl space.

Exterior Cracking and Separations

  • Diagonal cracking at corners of doors and windows
  • Cracks in the exposed grade beam foundation wall or basement wall
  • Cracks in exterior masonry/brick walls and mortar joints
  • Vertical and lateral cracks or gaps in attached concrete slabs (sidewalks, patios or driveways)
  • Gaps between exterior trim and vertical walls
  • Gaps between chimney and exterior walls

Interior Cracking

  • Cracks at corners of door and window openings
  • Cracks in ceilings and hallways
  • Cracks in concrete floor slabs (basement) or floor areas with stone tile

Gaps Between Walls and Openings

  • Gaps between baseboard trim and floor coverings
  • Gaps between fireplace and interior walls
  • Gabs between soffit/ceiling and cabinets

Operation of Doors and Windows

  • Difficulty opening and closing doors and windows
  • Cabinet or cupboard doors not fitting properly

Miscellaneous Impacts

  • Sloping floors and countertops
  • Damaged or impinged sub-slab piping (water and sewer)
  • Damage to water lines or gas lines entering through the foundation walls