Cracks in drywall are common in both new constructions and older homes. Smaller cracks can appear as the foundation of the house settles into the soils upon which it was built. In older homes this type of movement can also occur as soils consolidate under the foundation. These types of common cracks need to be monitored, though they aren’t an immediate threat- if they worsen it could result in a bigger problem. Larger and wider wall cracks are the more immediate concern, due to the fact this may result in an underlying foundation problem. This can indicate significant settlement problems, which can result in an unsafe and unsecure environment.
There are many causes of drywall cracks in our homes. Both temperature and humidity can cause common drywall cracks. When you notice larger cracks, usually more than 1/8 of an inch, they could be the result of structural problems. Types of foundation structural problems that may be identified by cracked drywall include foundation settlement or framing deterioration.
Do I Need to Fix This?
Since cracks often appear differently and can mean different things for a homeowner, it can be difficult to determine how significant the problem is. A good rule of thumb you can go by is if the larger cracks are more than 1/8 of an inch this can be a sign of settlement issues. Therefore, it is important to get a professional opinion. Another great tip is monitoring your drywall cracks, another indicator of foundation settlement problem is if the crack becomes bigger or grows over time.
IWP Foundation Repair is here to help you with all your foundation problems. It’s important to have one of our certified technicians come out and analyze the cracks. This will help us determine the right steps needed to make your property safe and stable. We will then provide you with a solution to combat the cracks and underlying problems. Some common solutions include stabilizing the foundation or releveling. This will minimize the effect of expansive soils and restore your home to its original structural integrity. 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. We will have your home back in shape in no time! Contact us today for a free consultation.