Interior Wall Cracks

If you notice a wall cracking inside your home, don’t try to patch it before you call a foundation repair expert. Cracking sheetrock is one sign of foundation problems that can be easy to brush off while it’s still small. If you see interior wall cracks in North Charleston, take note of how big the crack is and if it looks like it’s expanding.

Our team of foundation repair experts will come to your house and make recommendations based on your individual situation. CNT Foundations provides free, no obligation estimates so you know you’re in good hands. What causes wall cracks to occur? The answers vary:

Foundation Settlement

Houses that have a concrete slab foundation or are built with beams and piers often experience foundation settlement. The soil beneath your home cannot support the weight of your house, causing your foundation to shift. Foundation settlement also occurs due to:

Sheetrock cracks caused by foundation settlement are usually big enough to fit a dime. If you think your foundation may be sinking, look for cracks in other rooms of your home as a sign that the problems are spreading. Floor and wall gaps also appear when significant settling occurs.

Foundation settlement isn’t the only culprit.

Shrinking Concrete

Wall cracks may be due to the natural curing process concrete goes through after it is poured. These small cracks are not alarming and can be patched easily. It’s a good idea to monitor them carefully, however, to make sure they don’t widen or elongate. If you notice small cracks beginning to grow, let CNT Foundations know immediately.

How do I know if the wall cracks are serious?

It’s not always easy to tell if the cracks in your home are due to foundation problems or common household occurrences. Here are some signs to look for:

  • Stair-Step Cracks: Cracked brick walls in a diagonal or stair-step pattern are a sign that your foundation is settling unevenly.
  • Horizontal Cracks: Foundation settlement often shifts enough to cause horizontal cracks that cannot be filled over. These cracks should cause concern.
  • Vertical Cracks: Minor house shifting or seasonal wear can cause vertical cracks that are not as alarming as stair-step or horizontal wall cracks. Widening Cracks: If cracked sheetrock has cracks that can fit a dime, or if one end of the crack is noticeably bigger than the other, it’s time to call 843-405-7022
  • Cracks Near Windows and Doors: Cracks in the sheetrock around windows and doors is another sign of foundation settlement. Sticking windows and doors are caused when the foundation shifts and makes the door and window frames change shape.

How can I fix my interior wall cracks?

If you notice persistently cracked sheetrock that is getting worse with time, it’s time to call a foundation repair expert. Our foundation repair experts will fix your settling foundation so that you can enjoy your home.

Call CNT Foundations today at 843-405-7022 to make a free appointment with one of our foundation settlement experts. We’ll discuss different foundation repair options with you to stop your cracking walls. We’re dedicated to making your home a safe place so you can make memories.