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When to Worry About Cracks in Walls & Ceilings

Whether they are inside, or outside, cracks in your home can be a real eyesore. Cracks can be found in different places around your home and there are different reasons for why they may appear.

Sheetrock Cracking

These types of cracks are generally very easy to notice. Since the majority of your time is spent in your house it shouldn’t take very long to spot them. While repairing and re-paining may offer up a temporary solution, the cracks will quickly open back up and could get even worse if the foundation issue isn’t resolved. Cracks in sheetrock or plaster will help determine whether the settlement is on the interior or along the perimeter of your home.

Brick Cracks 

Brick cracks present the biggest concern for homeowners. These types of cracks can differ in direction and size. Generally the cracks will be larger at the top and narrow at the bottom. This indicates downward settlement on a corner of the house. Cracks are usually accompanied by the wall rolling. This will push out the trim near the roof. Another brick crack pattern will be narrow at the top and wide at the bottom. This indicates sagging in the middle of the wall.

Where do Cracks Appear?

  • Door Frames
  • Ceilings and Corners
  • Sub Flooring
  • Floor Tiles and Planks
  • Exterior Walls
  • Window Frames

There are several other places where cracks can appear.

Plumbing Leaks

Plumbing leaks are a culprit in causing foundation cracks. A plumbing leak can go on for years without ever being detected. This can cause the soil to erode or expand the clay to the point where the home raises above its intended level.

Repairing Foundation Problems

Repairing your home’s foundation with steel underpinning will restore the structural integrity of your home. Once the main problems have been taken care of, the repairs to the sheetrock or brick can be performed without any fear of them coming back. If you notice cracks in your home or any other type of damage, feel free to contact us for a consultation.