Foundation to Heave

Everything You Need to Know

If you’re reading this, you might have made a disheartening discovery in your basement. The concrete slabs along your foundation floor may have begun heaving upward, warping your foundation and damaging important structural elements throughout your home. You might have seen cracks in your walls or found it difficult to open and close doors and windows. These are all signs of foundation heave, and it is a serious issue that needs an immediate solution.

Signs of Foundation Heave

There are several warning signs that your home is suffering from a foundation heave. You might find any or all of the following:

  • Cracked interior walls
  • Fractured exterior walls
  • Cracked concrete slabs
  • Heaving or displaced floor slabs

When you see any of these signs, your home is most likely experiencing damage to its foundation.

How to Fix It:

Solutions can be as simple as repairing a plumbing leak under your foundation — or as extensive as demolishing and then reconstructing damaged sections of foundations or slabs.

A professional foundation contractor is the best person to evaluate foundation heaving problems and suggest suitable solutions.


Foundation upheaval can lift an entire structure, but more often it forces parts of a foundation or slab upwards, while other sections remain stationary. Either way, the damage that results will require the expertise of a foundation repair specialist as shown above. 

Causes of Foundation Heave

There are several potential causes for foundation heave, but excess water combined with the supporting soils your home is built on is largely to blame. Your foundation is in direct contact with the soils beneath it, which means anything that affects your supporting soil can affect your foundation.

What You Should Do

If you are finding signs that your home is suffering from a foundation heave, you must contact MidAmerica Basement Systems as soon as you can. We offer free estimates for foundation and slab heave repair for Davenport, Peoria, Waterloo, and the greater Iowa City area.