Knowing the difference in ceiling cracks can reduce your stress and help save your home. All homes and businesses are subject to movement, which is normal. Movement can be caused by weather fluctuations or by settling groundwork below the home or business. If you are seeing cracks in your ceiling there are a few things you can check to see if the cracks in the ceiling are due to age or structural damage.
Where are the cracks located?
The locations of the cracks in your ceiling are a good way to tell what is going on. Normally, if the crack is located along the edges of the ceiling it is because of house settlement. Cracks across the middle of a room can be troublesome and should be addressed immediately a professional. Multiple, wide, or long cracks in the middle of the ceiling should be examined as there may be more going on than the everyday home or business owner can detect.
Are your ceilings bowed?
If you notice a bow in your ceiling along with visible signs of cracking , this is a sign of a larger problem. The joists in a home can only support a certain amount of weight, but once that weight is surpassed then the support weakens, the ceiling sags, and before you know it the ceiling collapses.
Ceiling Crack Repair
If ceiling cracks are a result of a foundation problem, usually underpinning solutions will fix the problem. These underpinning products are typically used: steel push piers and helical piers. Piers are driven deep into the ground through unstable soil layers until they reach a solid soil layer. Then each pier is load tested. After load testing, the entire weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers to level and stabilize the foundation.
So if you notice ceiling cracks, it is important to contact a professional to come and inspect your home and see if the cracks are due to foundation problems. Epp offers free estimates. It is important to get the repair done as soon as the issue is noticed. The sooner you get your foundation repair completed, the least amount of structural damage will occur throughout your home.
Ceiling Cracks are Often Times Normal
What do matching vertical cracks mean? A crack that runs vertically across the ceiling and continues onto the wall are a major concern. This is a sign of structural damage to the home or business in question. Usually, this can be attributed to a natural disaster such as an earthquake or tornado, the settling of a home over an extended time, or a man-made incident. Note that the size of the crack can help you determine the severity of your problem.
What does the term “spiderweb” cracks mean? Spiderweb cracks are not necessarily located just in the ceiling of a home or business. They can also be found in walls, floors, and grout lines. Most of the time a spiderweb crack appears in older homes and is caused by the settling of a house or business. Spiderwebs are normal; however, with this being said, if you notice a crack that is over 1/16 inches wide, contact a professional to investigate the situation.
The most common reason for ceiling cracks is moisture, and frankly that is normal also. It is recommended to find the source of the moisture and eliminate the problem. Moisture often times is the result of improper water drainage. Perhaps, the gutter system is clogged or there is another cause of the roof leak. This moisture, change in temperature and air flow change can cause cracks. Either way, Epp can help!