Cracks in the drywall and plaster of your home are a very common occurrences. The majority of time drywall cracks are considered to be cosmetic and can be covered over by paint. However these cracks can still cause some concern and be eyesores to your home.
The majority of drywall cracks appear at door and window corners, as well as corners of wall openings. These areas have more stress on them than other areas, making them more susceptible to cracking. Another common place to see these cracks is where two pieces of drywall meet. These cracks usually run horizontally or vertically at the drywall seams. Wide cracks or cracks that run at an angel or diagonally may be “red flags” and have larger, underlying issues.
What Causes Drywall Cracks?
Stress on the home is the main cause of drywall cracks. Common causes of stress include:
- Drying out of wood framing. As the wood ages, it can lose moisture, causing the lumber to twist or warp
- Movement of the home:
- Strong winds creating stress on walls and ceilings
- The settling of the home
- Soil movement, including expansive soil pushing up on the home
- Wet and dry seasons
- Hot and cold weather causing expansions and contractions
- Poor workmanship in taping drywall joints
How to Fix Drywall Cracks
For the majority of drywall cracks a painter would be the appropriate person to seal and cover the cracks. If the cracks are larger or more complex, a drywall contractor or a skilled handy man who can tape and mud joints may be needed.
If you are in need of a painter, drywall contractor, or skilled handy man, be sure to check out The Cesi Pagano Team’s list of preferred vendors to ensure the highest level of service and quality!