Are Drywall Cracks a Foundation Problem?

As you start to research cracks around door frames, window frames, and the ceiling, you’ll start to see a variety of types of cracks. The question is, are they actually a foundational problem, or are they something you can deal with later?

As you start to research cracks around door frames, window frames, and the ceiling, you’ll start to see a variety of types of cracks. The question is, are they actually a foundational problem, or are they something you can deal with later?

For the most part, if these cracks are larger than just a hairline fracture, it’s time to contact JES for an inspection. That’s because drywall cracks can be a symptom of a foundational problem.

Uneven Settling

Most commonly, large drywall cracks come from uneven settling. How does uneven settling impact your home? It’s not just an aesthetic problem — the settling puts more pressure on one side of your house than the other, causing the cracks in the drywall.

The thing is, those cracks may start happening elsewhere. If the pressure in one place gets too high, you may even start to see other problems like bowing and gaps between the wall and the floor.

Although settling is something that happens to homes regardless of how you structure them, settling shouldn’t be extremely prominent. It also shouldn’t be uneven. A foundation repair expert from JES can let you know if that’s a problem you’re dealing with.

Improper Load Bearing

What if you’re having large drywall cracks because a specific area is bearing too much weight? This is another problem that can easily become very serious, and the drywall cracking is just a symptom of a larger problem.

In the absolute worst-case scenario, improper load-bearing, especially on a house with more than one story, can lead to the upper area literally falling into the lower area. That can cause serious damage to the home and even injury to family members.

If this is what’s causing the drywall cracks, you need to fix it as soon as possible. This is a serious structural problem that a JES foundation repair expert can help fix, but only if you request your free inspection.

Poor Installation 

Drywall cracks that happen due to poor installation can be just cosmetic. After all, sometimes that installation only impacts the way you see it. However, the poor installation of drywall also has implications for the rest of the house.

Think about it: if the construction workers poorly installed the drywall, what else did they poorly install? Can you really be confident in the pouring of the foundation or the structural integrity of your walls?

It’s true that you may only have to fix a few cosmetic issues, which you can sometimes do yourself. However, it’s a good idea to have a JES foundation repair expert come in and take a good look at the foundation problems.

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