Top 5 Signs of Foundation Problems

Are you wondering if you have foundation problems?

Foundation problems can be caused by various factors.  We at Grant Renne and Sons have made a list to help you identify the signs within and outside your house and to help you determine if you need foundation repair services. Whether you own a house or a commercial property, remember, identifying the problem is the first step in finding a solution to protect your property.

1) Fractures/Cracks

The most common and easiest way to identify a foundation problem is to look for cracks, crumbling or buckling walls. A house/building structure could experience movement due to various reasons such as excessive rainfall, drought, earthquakes etc.

During droughts we usually notice vertical cracks on walls, which generally means settlement. And during excess rain we usually notice horizontal cracks which generally means inward movement of the walls. Keep in mind that some cracks could just be a cosmetic issue which is nothing to be concerned about. So call us at 816-221-6076 to help determine if an action is needed.


2) Foundation Settling or Sinking
Have you noticed that one side of your house is lower than the other? Are any of your walls crumbling on the interior or exterior? Over time structures can start settling or sinking which is a sign for immediate action. The reason you are noticing those cracks is because eventually the soil beneath your building can fall beneath the weight of the structure, as well as react to the expansive clay soils prevalent in our area.   If you are noticing any of those signs, contact us immediately as it can be an indication of a potential problem that, if it is fixed in the early stages, can save costly repairs in the future.


3) Doors That Don’t Open/Close Properly
Are your doors uneven, sticking or do they not open/close properly? That could be a sign of your foundation sinking. Extreme rain fall or drought can cause the soil under your building to expand and contract.  Once your doors have shown a sign of unevenness, it’s time to contact an experienced foundation repair company to determine if you need repair work.  And what better company to contact than Grant Renne and Sons, the oldest foundation repair company in Kansas City with over 140 years of experience.

4) Water Problems or Soil Lifting
Have you noticed water coming into your basement?  Are your walls leaking? Have you noticed a musty odor? If you answered yes to any of those question then you need to contact a foundation repair company. Water damage and moisture can lead to serious foundation problems, especially in Kansas City where we have frequent rain as well as drought periods.  Crack repair, such as polyurethane injection, and an internal drain tile system can alleviate water from entering the basement, thus making for a usable space.  Standing water around your building can cause foundation issues as well.   A proper surface drain or French drain is a must have for every house/building.  Look for the signs and contact a professional as soon as possible.

5) Cracks in Floors
Most common floor cracks appear in poured concrete floor slabs in basements and garages. It’s key to understand that cracks in the floor that continue up to the foundation wall are the ones to worry about. If there is a significant soil settlement and your building doesn’t have proper reinforcement, it might collapse.  So don’t postpone making an appointment for a free estimate (Grant Renne and Sons) as it could potentially save you thousands of dollars on repairs in the future.

Have you been noticing any of these 5 signs? Give us a call at 816-221-6076 or email us at [email protected] and we will be glad to answer your questions and help you solve any structural building problems.