One of the ugly eventuality that could arise when your foundation starts settling is the formation of your cracks in your drywall. The reality is that houses are still “perishable” despite the ingenuity and integrity of the constructor. But such deterioration should be very much long term. Therefore when you start noticing some serious cracks in your drywall, then the alarm bells are already sounding. However, not all cracks are really havoc-promising, some gaps in your drywall are much more severe than the others. While foundation repair may seem the ultimate solution, not all gaps on your drywall would require alterative work done on your foundation. Let us look at those conditions that suggest that cracks on your drywall are serious and most likely triggered by the settling of your foundation.
First, you have a little inspection to do, check the cracks in your drywall, that way you can tell the severity of the cracks. In some situations, such cracks are simply hairline cracks and not too serious. Hairline cracks can be wisely dismissed as not too dangerous as it is not much out of the ordinary if some tiny fissures appear on your sheetrock. It is possible that a freshly built house could settle within the first four months of construction. Such fissures can appear and disappear, most times they are caused frequent alterations in seasonal temperature; or possibly fluctuations in rainfall. But if these fissures are as wide as the thickness of a nickel, then it is worth stimulating some worry in you. In such a situation, it would be wise to get the services of a foundation expert to come run an investigative evaluation of the state of your foundation.
As mentioned earlier, when minor cracks appear in your drywall, they are supposed to disappear after a month or two. If these cracks persist stubbornly and refuse to leave the scene after some months, then there is a problem. If you then notice that the cracks are expanding especially on your door or windows, then your foundation is experiencing worrisome settling. Another way to tell that the settling of your foundation is getting pretty bad is when you notice inequality in the height of your walls. Once it gets to your observation that one of your walls is higher than the other then you should get a foundation repair expert in to conduct a thorough examination of your foundation.
The foundation repair experts coming in may decide to enlist the services of foundation piers. These foundation piers could contribute immense help in providing the much-needed stability for your foundation. When the structural engineer rolls in foundation piers, these will aid the structural support of your foundation by impeding the further movement of your foundation. Sometimes depending on the severity of the settling (or the corner of your foundation that the settling wrought more damages), the structural engineer would make an assessment and decide on the number of foundation piers he would use. He could possibly use three, all dependent on the variety of the situation or the choice of the repair constructor. The experience of the foundation repair contractor is very important. Only qualified hands should handle your foundation or the situation worsens further. Call us today for your repairs. We have been in the business of foundation repair for over 30years.