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home improvment  /  March 13, 2020

What Causes Recurring Drywall Cracks?

We understand that recurring drywall cracks can be a concern for many homeowners. They appear on your walls and ceilings for various reasons. This problem can happen in both new and old homes, usually a sign of a poor drywall job or natural aging and settling.

Here’s how recurring drywall cracks develop and what to do about them.

Extreme Temperature Changes 

Recurring drywall cracks are common in summer homes and vacation rental properties. They tend to fluctuate more in temperature and humidity, being occupied only a few times a year, the drywall experiences expansion and contraction.

Settling

Cracks can happen in newer homes due to the initial settling of the structure. The wall’s framing materials dry out over the first few years and may shift slightly in the process. If this is the case, cracks usually form at tension points around doors and windows. It’s recommended to allow the framing components to settle before getting repairs to prevent recurring drywall cracks.

Seasonal Drywall Cracks

Drywall cracks can appear when seasons change due to the humidity and temperature fluctuations. Bigger rooms are more prone to drywall cracks. You can avoid this problem with expansion control joints.

Improper Installation

Poor installation can cause drywall cracking, bulging and buckling. Using the wrong materials, insufficient fastening, faulty taping and failure to allow for control joints can cause imperfections on walls and ceilings. Avoid this problem by hiring a reputable contractor for your drywall installation and repair.

Foundation or Structural Problems

Sometimes drywall cracks can be a sign of a more complex issue, such as foundation or structural problems. Numerous, large and jagged drywall cracks can indicate that your home or building’s foundation or frame has lifted.

Foundation and structural issues caused by frost heaving, termites, soil washout, tree roots, dry rot and drainage problems often cause serious recurring drywall cracks. Get an evaluation from an engineer or building inspector to make sure the drywall cracks aren’t a sign of a more serious issue.

For your home improvement needs, turn to Handyman Connection of West Omaha. Give us a call at (402) 704-3613 or fill out a form to request a free estimate.

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