Wall Cracks


Wall cracks are a sure sign that something is going on with your foundation. It could be minor foundation settlement or it could be the first sign of possible foundation failure. As a home or business owner, inspecting the interior and exterior or your home is a wise thing to do frequently. Sometimes there is a build up in the pressure on your foundation walls. If the soil is over-saturated with water, that pressure can cause foundation walls to crack. Another reason foundation walls or other walls in your home can crack is foundation settlement. As the foundation settles and there is a loss of support for foundation walls, walls can cracks. When you inspect your home it is good to watch for wall cracks and these other foundation failure signs:Types of wall cracks Kansas City

  • Bowing and leaning walls
  • Cracks in slab
  • Leaning chimney
  • Water in your basement or crawlspace
  • Sticking doors and windows
  • Standing water in your yard

Different types of foundation cracks in Kansas and Missouri mean different things. Here is a list of possible wall crack types and what they mean:

  • Angled or Horizontal Cracks – Bow
  • Angled Only – Settlement
  • Vertical and Horizontal – Bow or Settlement
  • Center Converging – Bow or Settlement
  • Horizontal Only – Bow
  • Stair Step Cracks – Heave or Settlement
  • Vertical Only – Settlement or Heave
  • Vertical Wider at the Top – Side or Differential Settlement
  • Vertical Wider at the Bottom – Center Settlement

Wall Crack Repair

If you see wall cracks or any of the other symptoms listed above, it is time to consider calling a foundation expert. Pro Foundation Technology, Inc. utilizes products from Earth Contact Products. ECP is the leader for underpinning products in the industry. If foundation failure or settlement is an issue, we can use products from ECP with our expertise and find a solution to fit your foundation repair needs.

One solution would be steel piers. Steel piers are made of galvanized steel and can easily be installed with little intrusion to your home or business, as well as your yard or landscaping. These piers can be load tested individually. They are built to withstand heavy loads, and there are different models to use based on the size of the load involved.

Pro Foundation Technology, Inc. serves northwest Missouri and northeastern Kansas including the cities of Kansas City, Raytown, Overland Park, and Columbia. Check us out on the BBB Website or Angie’s list, or check out our customer testimonials today.