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Ceiling Cracks

Ceiling Cracks and Other Problems

Have ugly ceiling cracks in your home? Many homeowners are concerned when they notice cracks in their home, especially if they are in the ceiling. However, most cracks are caused by the natural aging process of your home or foundation settlement. If you have water leaks in your attic, water stains can appear on your ceiling. If you notice ceiling cracks, watch for additional signs of foundation settlement such as:

  • Sticking walls or doors
  • Sloping or uneven floors
  • Misaligned windows and doors
  • Gaps around windows and doors
  • Wall cracks
  • Floor cracks
  • Foundation crumbling, flaking or shifting
  • Bowing walls

Any of these signs, including ceiling cracks, may indicate foundation problems. At Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Service, our team of professionals will inspect and determine the cause of your ceiling cracks. Ceiling cracks can be caused by many factors, but the most common causes are due to the following issues:

  • Too much moisture: Too much moisture can be caused by leaky plumbing originated from bathtubs, sinks or toilets. High moisture levels and fluctuating temperatures can cause stress on ceiling material, leading to cracks in the ceiling.
  • Failing foundation: Homes experiencing foundation settlement can have structural issues including ceiling cracks. Without an adequate drainage system in place, the home’s foundation may be compromised.
  • Too much weight: Upper-level floors, poorly installed insulation, and attics can put extra weight on cracked ceilings.

When inspecting ceiling cracks, we look specific properties to determine if they are caused by age or structural damage.

  • Spider web cracks: Spiderweb cracks are age-related cracks and run throughout the walls, floors, and concrete slabs. If your cracks are larger than 1/16 inch wide, then they are a sign of structural issues.
  • Matching vertical cracks: Matching vertical cracks are a sign of serious structural damage. They usually run across the length of a ceiling along the wall. If you have matching vertical cracks, our team of experts can inspect the size of the crack to determine if they are problematic.
  • Bowing ceilings: Bowing or dipping ceilings accompanied by cracked ceilings indicate serious foundation issues. The structural support weakens and starts to sag over time.
  • The location of the cracks: Cracks that run across the middle of a room indicate foundation trouble, especially if they are wide and long.

Ceiling Crack Repair Solutions

ceiling cracksAt Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Service, we use the latest underpinning products in the industry to repair and prevent ceiling cracks in your home. One solution is to install steel piers made by Earth Contact Products (ECP). ECP is the leading supplier of foundation repair products, so you’ll be getting quality products with professional service. We install ECP steel piers because they offer unlimited benefits for settling foundations:

  • Easy, quick installation
  • Built to withstand heavy loads
  • Driven deep into stable soil to support settling foundations
  • Lifts the foundation back to its original position
  • Stabilizes and supports the foundation to prevent future foundation problems

The Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Service team has the skills and expertise to locate the source of your foundation issues and provide an effective solution. If you have ceiling cracks, don’t ignore them. Contact our team today, so we can assess your damages and provide the latest foundation repair methods to your home in the Pittsburgh, PA area. Get a free estimate today!

If you have questionable ceiling cracks, give Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Service a call today. We serve residents in the Pittsburgh, PA area including Ohio and West Virginia.