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Sheetrock & Mortar Problems

Damage to Sheetrock & Mortar

drywall crackMany homes will experience sheetrock and mortar problems over time. If you notice cracks in the mortar between bricks, then you may have foundation failure. Cracks in the sheetrock of the home’s interior are also signs of foundation issues. These cracks are created by hydrostatic pressure due to settlement. Look for additional signs of foundation failure in and around the home such as:

  • Bowing walls
  • Leaning walls
  • Misaligned windows/doors
  • Sticking doors and windows
  • Leaning or tilting chimney
  • Water seepage through cracks
  • Wall cracks
  • Floor cracks
  • Gaps around windows or doors

If you have any of these signs including cracks in your sheetrock and mortar, then give Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services a call today. These issues should be repaired immediately to avoid further damage and costly repairs.

Our team of experts will examine the direction, size, and pattern of your cracks. We look for the following types of cracks:

  • Vertical Cracks: If vertical cracks are located along the windows and doors, they indicate foundation failure. However, if they run along the sheetrock walls and onto your ceiling, then they are caused by soil expansion. Heaving foundations, caused by freeze and thaw cycle, create vertical cracks in the walls. This may also be a sign of foundation failure.
  • Spiderweb Cracks: Spiderweb cracks in the sheetrock is a sign of natural settlement in the foundation. If they are larger than 1/16 inch, this may indicate foundation failure.
  • Stair-step Cracks: Cracks with a stair-step pattern indicate shifting or settling foundations due to poor soil compaction, soil shrinkage, and hydrostatic pressure. These type of cracks are present in brick and masonry.
  • Horizontal Cracks: Horizontal cracks mean your home has foundation problems, especially if they form around doors and windows. Also, look for bowing or leaning walls and cracks on the wall. All of these signs may indicate foundation failure.

Sheetrock and Mortar Repair Solutions

Cracks in your mortar or sheetrock should be repaired as soon as possible to avoid further settlement issues. Our professionals at Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services offer the perfect foundation repair solution. We use different underpinning methods such as steel piers and helical piers. Steel piers are installed beneath the foundation to help support and strengthen the foundation. The piers are driven deep into the soil until they reach desired soil. The weight is transferred to the piers and the foundation is restored back to its original position to ensure complete stabilization.

Helical piers, similar to steel piers, are designed to screw into the soil to provide total stability to the foundation. They can be installed in all types of weather for lighter weight jobs.

Our team of professionals will decide the best foundation repair methods for your home in Pittsburgh, PA. We use the best products from Earth Contact Products (ECP), so you’re getting quality and high-performance. Contact us today if you have sheetrock and mortar problems in your home. We also serve cities in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.