Drywall cracks can be a sign of something serious. It can happen in both new and old homes, and is frustrating to deal with, especially if it is a recurring problem. Before you have these covered up by wall and ceiling painting pros, you must get an idea of what’s happening in your home.
Causes of Recurring Drywall Cracks
One of the top reasons why drywall cracks are happening often is because your home is already settling. After your home is built, the materials used to frame the walls dry out over the next few years, causing them to move slightly and develop small cracks at tension points near windows and doors. Making sure the framing components are completely dry before carrying out repairs helps limit recurring cracks.
Aside from settling, temperature fluctuations may also play a role in the formation of cracks on the drywall. This is particularly true in homes located in regions with muggy summers and brutal winters. The drywall material may expand and contract slightly due to humidity and temperature changes. This can be prevented, however, with adequate insulation.
Drywall Cracks as a Serious Issue
A simple drywall crack can easily be repaired by a painting company. However, a professional inspection may be required for recurring cases as these can indicate a serious issue. For instance, cracks may be due to foundation problems resulting from dry rot, soil washout, root overgrowth underneath the soil and frost heaving.
In some instances, the unsightly blemishes on the drywall surfaces can also be due to improper installation. During the inspection, a professional may check for signs of bulging and buckling. A common recommendation for this issue would be a total replacement of the drywall.
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