Cracks in drywall are fairly common. In new homes it is normal to see narrow (less than 1/8”) cracks appear as the foundation of the house settles into the soils upon which it was built. Even in older homes this type of movement can occur as soils consolidate under the foundation. These are generally cosmetic repairs and can be monitored to see if they worsen over time. Wider cracks, whether vertical, horizontal, angled or stair-stepped are more of an immediate concern. These usually indicate significant foundation settlement and the cracks will grow wider as the settlement increases, sometimes allowing water and insect penetration.
Shifting drywall frames and stem walls or footings can cause drywall cracks. These cracks often appear in joints, corners, and around door and window frames. Drywall in most new homes will show some cracks, but this is due to normal settling of the home and is not a concern unless it is greater than ⅛” wide.
Do I Need to Fix This?
Some small cracks are normal but larger cracks, more than 1/8 of an inch, are usually a sign of settlement issues and need to be looked at carefully. Sometimes early cracking just needs to be monitored, if it doesn’t grow, there likely isn’t anything major going on. Cracks that grow, however, indicate foundation settlement that needs to be stabilized or restored.
Stabilizing the foundation or releveling – if possible – will minimize the effects of expansive soils and restore your home to its original structural integrity and beauty. Grip-Tite Foundation Systems utilize steel foundation anchors attached to supports driven deep into stable soil strata that will support your home as it was originally designed to do. Our certified technicians will analyze those cracks and provide a safe solution to your problem. We can provide your family with a secure and safe living environment and stabilize and close those cracks.