How To Know If Your Ceiling Cracks Are Normal or Dangerous
If you have noticed cracks in your ceiling, it may be a sign of foundation problems. However, some ceiling cracks are normal and not a cause for concern. Knowing the difference in ceiling cracks can reduce your stress and help save your home from structural damage.
If you are seeing cracks in your ceiling, there are a few things to check to see if the cracks in the ceiling have formed naturally due to age, or if they are a sign of structural damage.
- Where are the cracks located? The location of the cracks in your ceiling is 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 natural house settlement (not to worry about). Cracks across the middle of a room can be troublesome and should be addressed immediately by one of the professionals at My Foundation Repairs. If you notice wide, long horizontal cracks across your ceiling or multiple cracks, you should contact a professional immediately.
- Are your ceilings bowed? If you notice a bow in your ceiling along with visible signs of cracking, that is a sign of a large problem. The joists in a home can only support a certain amount of weight. Once that weight is surpassed, the support weakens, the ceiling sags, and before you know it the ceiling collapses.
Ceiling Crack Repair via Foundation Piers
If ceiling cracks are the result of a foundation problem, My Foundation Repairs can help. We have contractors that use professional underpinning products manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in foundation repair products in the industry. Some of our ECP underpinning products include steel push piers and helical piers. These 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.
Are your ceiling cracks concerning you? If so, contact a professional to come and inspect your home and see if the cracks are due to foundation problems. My Foundation Repairs will send a contractor out to give you a free inspection and offer you the best foundation repair solutions for your repair needs. It is important to get the repair done as soon as the issue is noticed. The sooner you get your foundation repair done, the least amount of structural damage will occur throughout your home.
Types of Ceiling Cracks - Vertical, Horizontal, Stair Step & Diagonal
What do matching vertical cracks mean? A crack that runs vertically across the ceiling and continues onto the wall is 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. You can contact My Foundation Repairs to schedule an estimate with a local contractor in your area.
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. Spiderweb cracks are relatively normal; however, if you notice a crack that is over 1/16 inches wide, you should 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 for the roof to leak. This moisture, change in temperature, and air floor change can cause cracks. Thankfully My Foundation Repairs is here to help you. Call us today to get started with your free estimate for ceiling cracks and other foundation problems.