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Home Improvement / December 12, 2019
Drywall cracks can occur in new and older structures. They develop due to a faulty drywall construction and often a natural sign of aging and settling. Cracks also often form when seasons shift due to changing temperatures and humidity levels.
Read on to learn why some drywall cracks recur, what to do about them and when to contact a professional.
Why Drywall Cracks Recur
Numerous, jagged and large cracks can indicate that your home’s foundation or frame has shifted. Structural or foundation issues can occur due to frost heaving, termites, dry rot, tree roots, or drainage problems. If the cracks have discoloration or if the surface around it is damp, it’s a sign of excessive moisture. You must find the source of the leak before fixing the crack to prevent the problem from coming back.
Improper drywall installation can lead to cracking, bulging and buckling. These issues will become visible in no time if your installer used improper materials, insufficient fastening, or if they failed to allow for control joints. You may have poorly installed drywall if you’re experiencing various issues without signs of leaks, structural issues, or seasonal effects.
When to Contact a Pro
Few small separations along wall and ceiling edges can form due to settling or faulty installation. Cracks spreading outwards from a center point are common signs of building aging and settling. Hairline cracks in this pattern shouldn’t be a concern unless the width becomes at least 1/16”. If so, you will have to ask an expert to inspect your home.
You need to contact professionals if you have drywall cracks that run along the majority length of a wall or ceiling. There’s a high probability that your home has an underlying structural issue if these cracks continue from a wall to a ceiling in the same line.