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Drywall Cracks

Noticing cracks on your home’s drywall is unsettling. What do these cracks signify, and what’s causing them? Typically, drywall cracks indicate a problem with your foundation that requires the attention of skilled professionals. 

With more than 20 years serving homeowners in Florida, Alpha Foundations is your go-to source for diagnosing and repairing foundation problems. Discover the reasons behind drywall cracks and the proper steps to mend them by reaching out to our expert team. 

What Are Drywall Cracks? 

Drywall cracks are disruptions or gaps that manifest in the wall and ceiling panels made of drywall in your home. These arise due to foundation settlement, when the foundation itself shifts or sinks into the soil. Drywall is not the strongest material, making it susceptible to cracking under stress. 

Here are some telltale signs of drywall cracks: 

  • Angled cracks spreading from the corners of doors or windows toward the ceiling 
  • Fissures located above windows and door frames 
  • Persistent horizontal or vertical lines on walls and ceilings 
  • Web-like crack patterns on walls and ceilings 

Even seemingly insignificant hairline fissures can point to foundational problems. The larger these cracks become, the greater the likelihood of severe foundation issues. 

What Causes Drywall Cracks? 

Drywall cracks can arise due to a variety of factors: 

  • Sinking Foundation: All houses undergo a natural settling process as the soil underneath compacts over time. However, uneven or excessive sinking due to soil changes is likely to cause drywall cracks. 
  • Structural Deficiencies: Issues like rotted support beams or a cracked foundation will result in foundation movement, leading to drywall cracks. 
  • Home Renovations: New additions or substantial renovations like installing heavy flooring can provoke foundation shifts and cracks in drywall. 
  • Plumbing Issues: Underground pipe leaks or other moisture-related factors can erode the soil base, making your foundation unstable. 

Ignoring drywall cracks compromises your home’s structural integrity and invites the risk of more severe foundational damage. 

Can You Fix Drywall Cracks? 

Yes, they can be fixed but it requires professional solution! While you can technically apply a quick fix to drywall cracks, this won’t resolve the underlying foundational issues. The problem will come back. 

Rather than opting for a temporary patch job, it’s crucial to tackle the root problem. Your options include: 

  • Minor cracks can be patched and repainted, but this is a short-term fix if the underlying foundation issues are ignored. 
  • More extensive cracks may require drywall replacement even after installing foundation repair solutions. 

How Alpha Foundations Provides a Lasting Solution 

Our highly skilled team at Alpha Foundations accurately identifies the cause of your drywall cracks and provides personalized solutions. Our advanced foundation repair solutions involve: 

  • Foundation piers inserted deep below the ground stabilize your foundation and prevent more cracks from appearing. 
  • Implementing crawl space moisture control (such as vapor barriers or drainage systems) helps prevent water damage from causing structural shifts that lead to wall cracks.  

Depending on your home’s unique needs, we also offer specialized solutions like crawl space support jacks to provide support to your foundation. 

By realigning and securing unstable foundations, we offer permanent solutions that prevent the recurrence of drywall cracks. Our products also come with extensive warranties for added peace of mind. 

Why Repair Drywall Cracks Now? 

Acting sooner rather than later provides several advantages: 

  • Cracks in the drywall may expand, leading to potential structural issues. 
  • Unaddressed cracks result in costlier foundational repairs in the long run. 
  • Allowing cracks to persist can speed up the degradation of your foundation due to moisture. 
  • Unresolved cracks negatively affect your home’s visual appeal and market value. 
  • Delaying repair makes the process more complicated as the condition worsens over time. 

Choose Alpha Foundations Today! 

Take control of your home’s structural well-being. Reach out to Alpha Foundations to schedule your complimentary inspection and quote for foundation repairs. We’re committed to offering you quick and effective solutions to mitigate further damage to your home. 

FAQs

After an initial inspection, foundation repair usually takes no more than 1-2 days to complete. However, depending on the severity and location of the damage, the amount of time could be longer. Our team ensures you have a clear vision of the project timeline once you decide on a repair option! 

There are two options when it comes to fixing and preventing foundation cracks.

Firstly, encapsulate your crawl space. This blocks moisture from entering your crawl space. Moisture can lead to the supports being damaged by water. There are other tools that can work in tandem with encapsulation, such as a sump pump or dehumidifier, but encapsulation is an effective first step toward crack prevention.

The best way to fix foundation cracks is with a foundation pier system. Professional repair companies, including Alpha Foundations, use pier systems to stabilize a sinking foundation and prevent further damage. Alpha offers three types of pier systems—push piers, helical piers, and slab piers. Each pier accomplishes the same goal: providing a new, stable base for your foundation that won’t be affected by moisture or soil issues. 

Using both of these tools is an effective way to not only repair foundation cracks but also prevent them permanently.

These cracks are generally found in main living areas. Typically, drywall cracks appear around door and window frames because these areas don’t shift along with the foundation. This resistance causes the surrounding wall to fracture, leaving behind visible cracks.  

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