Seeing cracks in your home’s drywall can be alarming. But what do these cracks mean, and what causes them? Drywall cracks are often signs of foundation problems that require professional repair services.
At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, we have over 25 years of experience diagnosing and repairing foundation damage. Read on to learn more about the causes of drywall cracks, how to fix them, and why you should contact the foundation repair experts at AquaGuard today.
What Are Drywall Cracks?
Drywall cracks are fissures or breaks that develop in the drywall panels used for interior walls and ceilings. They typically occur due to settling of the home’s foundation. Drywall itself has very little structural integrity, so it easily cracks under pressure.
Some common signs of drywall cracks include:
- Diagonal cracks extending from door or window corners up toward the ceiling
- Cracks above doors and windows
- Long horizontal or vertical cracks along walls and ceilings
- Spidery crack patterns on walls and ceilings
Even small hairline cracks can be signs of foundation problems. The larger the cracks are, the more likely major foundation damage has occurred.
What Causes Drywall Cracks?
There are a few common causes of drywall cracks:
- Settling and soil movement: All homes settle over time as the soil underneath naturally compacts. But excessive or uneven settling due to soil expansion, erosion, or compression can cause foundation cracks that transfer to drywall. This is the most common cause of drywall cracks.
- Foundation structural issues: Problems with the foundation like sinking footings, bowing walls, or cracked slabs also cause drywall cracks as the foundation moves.
- Remodeling or additions: Adding weight to parts of the home, like building an addition or installing heavy tile, stone, or wood flooring, can cause foundations to settle and drywall to crack.
- Leaky plumbing: Water leaks and moisture intrusion from underground pipes, gutters, and other sources can erode soil and destabilize foundations.
Drywall cracks are your home’s way of telling you that something is wrong with the underlying structure. Ignoring them risks further foundation damage and destruction of your home’s structural integrity.
Can You Fix Drywall Cracks?
Yes, you can fix drywall cracks, but it’s not as simple as patching it over and repainting. While you can certainly do that with most small cracks, they’ll likely just come back after a while if you leave the underlying foundation issues unaddressed. That’s why we don’t recommend you just settle for temporary, DIY fixes. To fix drywall cracks, you need to solve the foundation problems that caused them.
Here’s what you can do:
- For small cracks, you can patch them up and paint over them to make them look better. But keep in mind that these cracks might come back if you don’t fix the foundation issues.
- Major cracks may call for replacing damaged drywall after completing appropriate foundation repairs like piers, footings, waterproofing, or wall reinforcements.
How AquaGuard Can Permanently Fix Drywall Cracks
At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, our experienced foundation repair experts can diagnose the causes of your home’s drywall cracks and implement customized solutions. Our proprietary foundation repair methods include:
- Steel foundation piers (helical or push piers) driven deep into the ground for reinforced support
- Waterproofing systems like interior drainage and sump pumps
- If your home is supported over a basement: wall anchors, steel I-beams, and/or carbon fiber straps
- If your home is supported over a crawl space: crawl space support jacks
We also offer crawl space encapsulation to stop moisture problems that contribute to foundation and drywall damage.
By lifting and re-leveling settled foundations and stopping water intrusion, our solutions permanently stabilize foundations and structures to prevent drywall cracks from returning. We even offer extensive warranties on our products.
Why Repair Drywall Cracks Now?
There are important reasons you should repair drywall cracks as soon as possible:
- Drywall cracks worsen over time. Small cracks get bigger and lead to serious structural instability.
- Ignoring cracks risks more expensive foundation repairs down the road.
- Cracks allow moisture intrusion that accelerates foundation deterioration.
- Existing cracks impact aesthetics and home values. Unaddressed cracks make selling difficult.
- Repairs only get more complicated the longer you wait. Settlement only gets worse.
Choose AquaGuard Foundation Solutions Today!
Take control of your home’s structural stability. Contact AquaGuard Foundation Solutions today to schedule a free inspection and quote for your foundation repairs. We’re here to provide the swift, lasting solutions you need to prevent further home damage.
Surface cracks only penetrate the drywall surface and are mainly cosmetic. Structural cracks extend into or through the drywall and are caused by foundation movement and damage. Only structural cracks require foundation repair. However, the line between surface and structural is hard to distinguish, so if you see any cracks, call a professional ASAP to get them checked out.
Just patching average drywall cracks typically costs $300-$500. However, patching only ever covers up the underlying foundation issues affecting your home. The cost of foundation repair varies a lot—and for many reasons. The best way to find out how much it’s going to cost is by getting a free inspection from AquaGuard. If you pick us, we have flexible financing options to help repairs best fit your budget.
After inspection, repairs usually only take 1-2 days, and you won’t have to vacate your home to get them done.
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