If you are a homeowner and have noticed cracks in the ceilings in your home, the most logical thing you can do is to schedule a free inspection and consultation with our team of professionals here at Foundation Repairs & Home Improvement. Our expert contractors will identify the source of the problem, determine the severity of the ceiling cracks and advise you on what the most effective solution to your problem will be. There are many types of cracks that can occur in ceilings, which is why we want to take this time and go over the various types with you.
Straight, Fine Cracks – These types of cracks are typically caused when a drywall joint has not been properly taped. If the tape is not sticking appropriately to the drywall, a crack will appear over time at the edge of the tape. To resolve this simple problem a small amount of drywall compound can be applied to the loose tape which will then stick it back on.
Spider Web Cracks – To present a textured ceiling, a thin drywall compound is used. If too much compound is applied to the ceiling, it can begin to crack in multiple directions. To resolve this problem, you can apply a thin layer of the drywall compound to cover the cracks or you can completely remove the old compound by sanding it and then applying the new compound.
Discolored Cracks – If you notice a crack in your ceiling that is brown or yellow in color, it is more than likely the result of a water leak. Once you have the leak repaired, you can then apply new tape to the drywall and have it looking just like new again. If, however, the drywall, as a result of the moisture and water, is extremely soft or has buckled up, then your only solution is to replace that section of your ceiling.
Horizontal Cracks Located Between the Ceiling and the Adjoining Wall – These types of cracks normally are caused by an uplifting of the truss, which serves to hold up your roof. Though trusses are designed to absorb various temperature and moisture changes and can move a bit, when they move too much horizontal cracks are sure to appear. If the truss moves in an upward position it will cause the ceiling to lift. This movement will not directly cause any serious structural problems, but you should probably hire our professionals to repair it for you.
Noticeable Cracks in Plaster Ceilings – If your home is constructed with plaster ceilings and cracks begin to show, they have probably resulted from either excessive moisture or movement of some sort. If the ceiling cracks are small in size you can easily repair them by applying new plaster. However, if they are larger in size and plaster is even falling from the ceiling, chances are you will need to have the sections of the plaster removed altogether and a drywall section installed in its place.
Oversized Cracks and Bowed Ceilings – If you notice that your ceiling is sagging, then don’t delay in having this problem resolved. You should determine if there is a heavy object sitting on the ceiling at that location and, if so, remove it. Otherwise the cracks can be caused by damage to the support structure or if a load-bearing wall has been removed large cracks may occur. Regardless the source of the problem, a professional inspection is needed, in order to put an effective solution in place.
If you have noticed ceiling cracks in your home, then surely you have come to the right place. Ceiling repairs should be performed sooner rather than later to avoid costly and more serious problems from occurring down the road. The experts here at Foundation Repairs & Home Improvement are trained and equipped to handle all your ceiling problems and repairs. Simply give a shout out to our staff and schedule your inspection and consultation today. And don’t forget, if you have any other foundation issues, then we are the team for you! Don’t delay. Give a call out to our friendly professionals today!