Are Cracks in the Ceiling Normal?

How To Know If Your Ceiling Cracks Are Normal or Dangerous

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If you have noticed cracks in your ceiling, it may be a sign of foundation problems. However, some 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.

  • Where are the cracks located? If the crack is located along the edges of the ceiling it is because of natural house settlement. 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 joints 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.

Types of Ceiling Cracks - Vertical, Horizontal, Stair Step, & Diagonal

Ceiling Cracks

A crack that runs vertically across the ceiling and continues onto the wall is a major concern.  This is a sign of structural damage.

Spiderweb cracks are not necessarily located just in the ceiling of a home or business. Most of the time, a spiderweb crack appears in older homes and is caused by natural settlement.  Spiderweb cracks are relatively normal; however, if you notice a crack that is over 1/16 inches wide, you should contact a professional.

The most common reason for ceiling cracks is moisture.  We recommend finding the source of the moisture and eliminating the problem.  Moisture often times is the result of improper water drainage. Fortunately, My Foundation Repairs is here to help you. Call today to get a free estimate for foundation repairs.

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. 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.

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