Are You Experiencing Settlement Cracks around San Jose, CA?

As a home settles, sheetrock/stucco cracks can be inevitable. Houses of all ages can show signs of cracks in the walls, specifically around high-stress points like windows and door frames. Unfortunately, sheetrock cracks in a property’s wall can often be an indication of underlying foundation problems. Some cracks are a lot more common than others, but larger cracks that continue to grow can be a forewarning sign of extreme foundation settlement. They can be evidence of a weakening structure. Not only do cracks damage the appearance of your home and ruin the structural integrity but they can also allow outside elements into your home, leading to an even more costly repair down the road. If you notice cracks in your home contact us right away for a free inspection.

Settlement Cracks in Sheetrock/Stucco Causes

Crack in stucco/sheetrock

Fractures in your sheetrock can be caused by a wide variety of things, such as

  • Stress
  • Temperature changes
  • Excess moisture

Smaller cracks are caused by:

  • Expansion
  • Shrinkage

Usually, these smaller cracks are nothing to worry about. However, when you notice the crack to be bigger than 1/8 inch or running horizontally, that is when you need to start paying close attention. This can be a more serious and large foundation repair issue that you don’t want to grow.

Settlement Cracks Repair

Distinguishing the crack from normal to severe is when it gets difficult for the average person. That’s why we recommend bringing in the professionals to determine the cause of the cracking before it gets worse. The more damage your foundation endures the more money the repair will end up costing. If you do have settlement cracks due to a foundation issue, we recommend stabilizing the foundation or releveling. Foundation Strategies and Construction offers numerous Grip-Tite products and services including wall-anchoring systems and pier systems to help combat foundation problems. Each system is used differently depending on the severity of the problem and the structure of your home. If you are experiencing wall cracks within your home- give us a call today to see how we can help!