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Drywall Nail Pops

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Nail pops are small, cracked circles where the nail pulls away from the drywall or sheet rock, exposing the nail head or pushing the paint away from the wall. Drywall nail pops occur when you have house settlement.

What Do I Need to Do First?

First you need to find the source of your drywall nail pops which can stem from a foundation problem. Finding your foundation problem is a messy and time consuming process; forcing you to crawl around your wet basement or nasty crawl space to search for problem signs.

Browse through the causes and recommendations on this page to learn more about drywall nail pops. Or if you're ready to call in the professionals, give us a call at 866-370-4816 to make an appointment with one of our foundation repair experts.


What Causes Drywall Nail Pops?

While drywall nail pops seem like nothing more than a minor annoyance, they could be a sign that your house is settling and may have other foundation issues.


House settling occurs when the soil your home sits on is weakened and is unable to support the weight of your house. Weakened soil can be caused by:

Too Much Water
A rainy season or poor drainage can turn the soil your home sits on into mud, which can create problems. The extra moisture forces the soil to expand, pressing against your foundation, creating areas of weakness and eventually cracks.

A Hot Summer
As the soil dries, it shrinks and cracks. The ground surrounding your home will pull away from your foundation, creating gaps which allow the foundation to lean or settle.

Poor Soil Preparation
Before a home is built and the foundation's laid, the soil needs to be prepared. If the soil isn't compacted properly then the dirt will shift, resulting in house settling.

If you're still unsure if you have a foundation problem, take a quick look around your home. If your home also has drywall cracks, stuck windows, or cracked bricks, in addition to nail pops, then your home may have a foundation issue.

How Do I Fix My Drywall Nail Pops?

Fixing nail pops involves more than a hammer, drywall joint compound and plaster. If your home has foundation problems then the nail pops will continue until the foundation problem is fixed.

What Do I Do Now?

JES Experts in Foundation Repair

Nail pops can be a sign that you have a foundation problem or settling house. Find out if you have a foundation problem by making an appointment with one of our foundation repair experts.


We'll perform a thorough foundation inspection, using precision tools, and look for signs throughout your home and property.

After the inspection, if your home need foundation repair, we'll create a custom solution that addresses your home's foundation problems. And if the drywall nail pops are a cosmetic problem, we'll let you know.

Drywall Nail Pop Solutions

After your free inspection we may recommend some of our house settling solutions, including JES Helical Piers, JES Push Piers, JES Slab Piers and JES Wall Anchors.

Every home's foundation repair needs are different. We'll work with you – every step of the way – to create an economical, custom foundation repair solution for your home.

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