For homeowners, drywall cracks can be a cause for concern. While they may initially appear as aesthetic concerns, drywall cracks often point to hidden foundation problems, demanding the knowledge and skills of professional foundation repair services for proper resolution.
BQ Basements & Concrete is your trusted expert with over 25 years of experience diagnosing and remedying foundation damage. Explore the origins of drywall cracks, discover effective foundation repair solutions, and understand why contacting BQ’s experts is the right choice.
What Are Drywall Cracks?
Drywall cracks are found on interior walls and ceilings. These cracks commonly arise from the settling of the home’s foundation. Since drywall lacks significant structural strength, it is prone to cracking when subjected to pressure.
Common signs of drywall cracks include:
- Diagonal cracks radiating from the corners of doors or windows, reaching towards the ceiling
- Cracks above doors and windows
- Long horizontal or vertical cracks along walls and ceilings
- Delicate, web-like cracks spanning across walls and ceilings
Small hairline cracks serve as indicators of potential foundation issues. As these cracks expand in size, the likelihood of actual foundation damage rises.
What Causes Drywall Cracks?
Common causes of drywall cracks include:
- Soil settlement and displacement: Each home experiences a natural ground settling process as the underlying soil compacts over time. However, if there is an overabundance of settling, or if it occurs unevenly due to factors like soil expansion, erosion, or compression, it can lead to foundation cracks that manifest on the drywall. This is the most common reason for drywall cracks.
- Foundation structural issues: Issues with the foundation, such as sinking footings or cracked slabs, can result in drywall cracks as the foundation shifts.
- Remodeling or additions: Adding weight to specific areas of a home, like constructing an addition or installing hefty materials such as tile, stone, or wood flooring, may result in foundation settling and subsequent drywall cracking.
- Leaky plumbing: Water leaks and moisture seepage from underground pipes, gutters, and various sources have the potential to erode soil and destabilize foundations.
Drywall cracks are an indicator that there may be an issue with the underlying structure of your home. Disregarding these signs poses a risk of worsening foundation problems and compromising the overall structural integrity of your residence.
Can You Fix Drywall Cracks?
Yes! However, addressing drywall cracks involves more than just patching and repainting. While this may suffice for minor cracks, they are likely to reappear if the underlying foundation issues remain unattended. This is why we discourage settling for temporary DIY fixes. Effectively dealing with drywall cracks requires addressing the issues that caused them in the first place.
Here’s what you can do:
- Small cracks can be patched and painted for a temporary improvement in appearance. However, it’s crucial to remember that without addressing the foundation issues, these cracks may reappear.
- In the case of significant cracks, it may be necessary to replace damaged drywall after undertaking essential foundation repairs such as pier systems, waterproofing, or wall reinforcements.
How BQ Basements & Concrete Can Permanently Fix Drywall Cracks
At BQ Basements & Concrete, our foundation repair experts thoroughly analyze the origins of your home’s drywall cracks and implement tailored solutions. We employ our exclusive foundation repair techniques, which include:
- Utilization of steel foundation piers (such as helical or push piers) driven deep into the ground to provide robust reinforcement.
- Implementation of waterproofing systems, including interior drainage and sump pumps.
- For homes supported above a basement: installation of wall anchors, steel I-beams, and/or carbon fiber straps, as well as pier systems.
- For homes supported above a crawl space: incorporation of crawl space support jacks.
We also offer crawl space encapsulation to halt moisture that contributes to foundation and drywall damage.
BQ Basements & Concrete’s products offer lasting stability to foundations and structures by strengthening and raising settled foundations, preventing water leaks, and preventing recurring drywall cracks. Our products are also backed by comprehensive warranties, ensuring your peace of mind.
Why Repair Drywall Cracks Now?
It’s crucial to address drywall cracks promptly for several reasons:
- Drywall cracks indicate potential structural foundation instability.
- Neglecting cracks may lead to pricier foundation repairs in the future.
- Cracks can allow moisture to seep in, hastening foundation deterioration.
- Unattended cracks can detract from the aesthetics of your home and potentially lower its value, making it more challenging to sell.
- Postponing repairs worsens and intensifies the existing settlement issues.
Contact BQ Basements & Concrete Today!
Contact BQ Basements & Concrete today to schedule a free inspection and receive a quote for your foundation repairs. We’re committed to delivering prompt, lasting solutions that safeguard your home from further damage.
Surface cracks penetrate the drywall surface and are primarily cosmetic concerns. Structural cracks extend through the drywall and are caused by foundation movement and damage. Only structural cracks require foundation repair. Distinguishing between surface and structural cracks can be challenging. Therefore, if you notice any cracks, it’s advisable to promptly seek the expertise of a professional for assessment.
Repairing drywall cracks through patching comes with a variable cost, and this method only covers the underlying foundation issues affecting your home. Foundation repair costs vary significantly for various reasons. We recommend scheduling a complimentary inspection with BQ Basements & Concrete for a precise cost estimate. Should you opt for our services, we provide flexible financing options to accommodate your budgetary requirements.
Repair time varies depending on the extent of the damage, the repair technique used, and other factors. Repairs typically require 1-2 days following the inspection. There’s no need to vacate your home during the process.