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Drywall Cracks

While dismissing drywall cracks as mere aesthetic flaws is tempting, these seemingly minor imperfections can be warning signs of underlying foundation issues. 

With more than 20 years of experience, Ohio Basement Systems is the trusted choice for residents across Northern Ohio. We specialize in pinpointing and rectifying problems like drywall cracks with permanent foundation repair solutions.  

By reading this page, you’ll deepen your understanding of why drywall cracks happen, how to remediate them, and why contacting Ohio Basement Systems is wise. 

What Are Drywall Cracks? 

Cracks in drywall manifest as lines or ruptures in the panels that make up your home’s interior ceilings and walls. These fissures often arise due to foundation settlement. Despite widespread use, drywall lacks resilience and is susceptible to cracks when stressed. 

Common indicators of drywall cracks are: 

  • Diagonal cracks emanating from door or window corners toward the ceiling 
  • Cracks appearing above windows and door frames 
  • Extended horizontal or vertical lines on walls and ceilings 
  • Intricate, web-like crack patterns on walls and ceilings 
  • Popping nails in the drywall 

Minor cracks can indeed be early indicators of foundation complications. The more substantial the cracks, the greater the probability of severe foundational distress. 

What Causes Drywall Cracks? 

Drywall cracks may have multiple origins, including: 

  • Soil Shifts and Settlement: Over time, homes naturally settle due to soil consolidation. However, abnormal or uneven settling caused by expansive soil or soil erosion may result in foundational and drywall cracks. 
  • Structural Concerns: Issues like compromised footings, slab cracks, or other foundation movement (pictured here) can also trigger cracks in drywall. 
  • Home Improvements: Weighty additions or renovations can cause foundations to become unstable. 
  • Water Intrusion: Plumbing leaks or poor drainage can lead to soil erosion, undermining foundation strength. 
  • Material Quality: Sometimes, subpar drywall material can exacerbate cracking. 

Ignoring these warning signs could compromise your home’s structural soundness. As soon as you notice any of these issues, contact a local foundation repair specialist like Ohio Basement Systems for help with repair. 

Can Drywall Cracks Be Fixed? 

Repairing drywall cracks is possible, but simply patching them provides only a temporary solution. Without addressing the underlying foundational issues, the cracks are likely to re-emerge. 

To effectively resolve the issue, focus on the root cause. 

Steps you can take include: 

  • For small fissures, a simple patch and paint job might suffice temporarily. 
  • For severe cracks, first address the foundational issues and water management before replacing damaged drywall. 

How Ohio Basement Systems Addressed Drywall Cracks 

After a free inspection to identify underlying causes and repair needs, our experienced Ohio Basement Systems professionals offer solutions utilizing proven repair techniques, such as: 

  • Foundation Piers: We install steel piers (pictured here) deep into the ground to ensure foundational stability. These various piers—helical, push, and slab—can potentially lift settling foundations. 
  • Basement Moisture Control: Our basement waterproofing systems, including sump pumps and interior drainage, help manage moisture effectively. 
  • Crawl Space Encapsulation: We offer encapsulation and moisture control solutions including drainage and vapor barriers for homes with crawl spaces. 
  • Crawl Space Reinforcement: Our crawl space jacks provide permanent support for sagging floors and floor joists and can potentially lift them back toward their original positions. 

Our methods provide long-lasting stability by tackling the root causes and preventing future drywall cracks. We back our services with comprehensive warranties to give you added peace of mind.

Why Repair Drywall Cracks Now? 

Procrastinating on drywall crack repair can have detrimental effects, such as: 

  • Cracks may expand, signaling a growing structural problem. 
  • Delayed action may lead to costlier foundation repairs in the future. 
  • Moisture seeping through cracks can accelerate foundation decay. 
  • Untreated cracks can devalue your home and detract from its appearance. 

Don’t delay addressing drywall cracks. Protect your home today and for the future with help from Ohio Basement Systems. 

Choose Ohio Basement Systems for Foundation Stabilization Today! 

Drywall cracks detract from your home’s appearance and longevity. Don’t let this issue compromise your home’s structural integrity. Act now by contacting Ohio Basement Systems for a free inspection and repair estimate

We are committed to delivering quick, enduring fixes to prevent further damage to your home. Homeowners throughout Northern Ohio have trusted our excellent customer care and quality repair solutions for more than 20 years. We are excited to help you, too. 

FAQs

Surface cracks only affect the exterior layer of the drywall and are primarily cosmetic. Structural cracks run deeper and are typically linked to foundation problems. Contact Ohio Basement Systems for a free inspection and clarification about the types of cracks in your home. 

While basic patching is relatively budget-friendly, this doesn’t tackle the root issues. Contact Ohio Basement Systems for a free inspection, no-obligation estimate, transparent pricing, and flexible financing options

Surface-level patching can be completed swiftly but offers only a short-term fix. Permanent solutions, which often include foundational repairs, can take between one to two days, depending on the severity of the issue and the chosen remediation method. Contact us for a free inspection and accurate timeline breakdown. 

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