Sheetrock & Mortar Problems

Structural issues on the exterior of the home, such as cracks in the mortar between exterior brick, are often quickly recognized as symptoms of foundation failure. On the interior, though, it may be more difficult to tell whether or not a problem was caused by foundation failure. Cracks in the sheetrock or drywall of your home could be a sign that there is an issue with your foundation. These cracks are caused by the stress that a sinking or settling foundation puts on the walls, and often appear above or around doors and windows. If they become too severe, these cracks may make it difficult to open or close the windows or doors.

crack in drywall

Causes of Sheetrock & Mortar Problems

Whether cracks have begun to form on the exterior of your home, in the mortar between the brick, or on the interior of your home, in the sheetrock on the walls, they are a serious issue that should be addressed right away. The first step in fixing mortar or sheetrock issues is to determine the cause. The direction, size, and pattern of the cracks can help you determine what caused them.

  • Horizontal cracks
  • Stair-step cracks
  • Vertical cracks
  • Spiderweb cracks

Solutions of Sheetrock & Mortar Problems

If there are cracks in your mortar or sheetrock, they are most likely the result of a shifting or settling foundation. This means that to effectively close the cracks and prevent more from developing, you need to stabilize the foundation.

Foundation stabilization can be done by a number of different underpinning methods by Earth Contact Products. These methods, however, should only be completed by a professional foundation repair contractor. The most common of these underpinning methods are:

  • Steel Push Pier Installation:
    Steel push piers are installed beneath the foundation to provide support and stabilization. These piers are first driven deep into the ground until they reach stable soils. Then, the weight of the structure is transferred onto the piers and they are used to lift the foundation back to its proper position. Once this is done, the foundation is stabilized and future foundation problems are prevented.
  • Helical Piers:
    Helical piers are very similar to steel push piers and work in much the same way. The biggest difference is that helical piers are screwed into the ground instead of being merely driven in. This allows them to be installed easily in any weather and provides extra stability for the foundation. These piering products are normally used for slightly lighter weight jobs, such as porches, stoops, or small structures.

It is vital to the safety of your home to contact a foundation repair expert as soon as you discover cracks in your mortar or sheetrock. The My Foundation Repairs website can help you find and contact a foundation repair specialist in your area. Contact us today for a free estimate!