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Kansas City Foundation Inspections | Expert Foundation Inspectors

It’s All About That Base, No Trouble – The Foundation Inspection

There are 5 major areas in every home:

1. Foundation
2. Plumbing
3. Roof
4. Electrical

They make up our Major-Items Inspection and are so important, they’re the center of attention at the end of every inspection.

And depending on its age, home foundations in Kansas City will be made from:

  • Bricks
  • Stone
  • Concrete Block
  • Concrete Slab-On-Grade
  • Poured Concrete

Let’s talk about typical Kansas City foundation inspection so you know what to expect from each type.

Kansas City foundations and inspection

When it comes to foundations, the 2 biggest concerns we (and you should) have are movement and moisture.

And because the foundation is so important, 80% of our time is spent trying to find cracks and leaks throughout the home. 

First, the outside

With Kansas City foundation inspections, we examine the ground around the home to make sure it’s keeping moisture away from the foundation.  

Next, we look at the foundation and siding for areas that are bulging, cracking, breaking, buckling, and swelling.  This helps us know which areas inside the home might need closer attention.

Then, the inside

We start in the highest level of the home and look for signs of movement in the walls and ceilings as we work our way down to the crawlspace or basement.  

Using our very own Gravity Flow™ Process, we can connect any outside damage to inside movement in order to paint the complete picture as we work our way toward uncovering the root cause.  

Once we get to the lowest level, we then start at the ceiling and check the perimeter from top to bottom. 

We assess any cracks (the width, location, and direction) along with any signs of moisture.  Then we’ll connect them to any problems we noticed outside the home and in the upper levels.  This way we can translate the data into a level of concern we’re able to pass onto you.

But remember, cracking is normal so don’t get too concern if you find some.

What needs to be weighed is a combination of the age of home, the type of crack, the size of the crack, the degree of any shifting or movement, and signs of moisture so we can help you decide how concerned you should be.

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