Cracks in drywall are common in both new constructions and older homes. Smaller cracks can start to 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 regularly, even though they aren’t an immediate threat. However, if they worsen, it could result in a bigger problem. Larger and wider wall cracks are the more immediate concern, due to their larger size that can lead to even more serious foundation issues. These kinds of cracks can indicate significant settlement problems which can result in an unsafe and insecure environment, so you should consider drywall crack repair as your best option.
There are many causes of drywall cracks in 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 are commonly found because of 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 really is. A good rule of thumb you can go by is if the larger cracks are more than 1/8 of an inch. While you can diagnose the size of a crack, it's equally important to get a professional opinion. If you've just noticed the cracks and they don't seem very large yet, make sure to watch them over time for any sign of growth in width or length, then call a professional if things change.
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, even if they're small. 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. One of our popular solutions, 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.