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Drywall  /  March 5, 2020

Recurring Cracks on Your Drywall: Why Do They Happen?

Drywall cracks can occur in both new and old homes. This problem can be frustrating to deal with, especially if they keep coming back. Before you attempt to cover these blemishes up, you need to understand what caused the problem in the first place.

Reasons Why Drywall Cracks Occur

Drywall cracks can be caused by various factors. Before you attempt to repair the damage, you need to figure out what caused it. Here are the most common causes:

  • Improper Installation: Installing drywall takes skill, experience and specialized knowledge. This is not a project for a DIY-enthusiast, but rather a trained professional. Mistakes during installation can cause unsightly cracks on your drywall.
  • Settling – After your home is built, it will settle over the first few years. During this process, small cracks can develop at tension points around windows and doors. Before carrying out any repairs, make sure the framing components have been completely dried out. Otherwise, you may experience recurring cracks.

  • Temperature Fluctuations – Homes in hot, humid regions may be more prone to drywall cracks. The changing temperatures and moisture exposure can cause the drywall material to expand and contract, leading to cracks. This can be prevented through adequate heating and insulation, especially around windows and doors.

When Drywall Cracks Are a Serious Problem

Some drywall cracks are more of a cosmetic issue than something serious. In the cases below, however, drywall cracks can indicate a major problem that requires immediate attention:

  • Structural Problems – Foundation issues caused by dry rot, soil washout, root overgrowth underneath the soil and frost heaving can lead to recurring drywall cracks. Large and jagged, these indicate that your home’s foundation or frame has shifted. Have a professional inspect your home as soon as possible.

  • Botched Installation – Unsightly blemishes on the surface of your drywall may be a result of faulty taping or insufficient fastening of the material. Look out for signs of bulging and buckling. Drywall replacement is the best fix for this.

Count on Handyman Connection® of Orange County for reliable drywall installation, patching and replacement. Call (714) 288-0077 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.

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