Home > Common Structural Problems > Ceiling Cracks
Cracks along your ceiling can be unattractive and take away from a room. They can also be annoying if you are constantly mending them but they keep coming back. Ceiling cracks can form in older homes due to aging, but they can also be a sign of foundation settlement and sinking. It is important to know the different types of cracks to look out for so you know what kind of repair needs to take place. Many different factors will determine how serious a crack is. These include the size and shape of the crack, as well as it's location. If the cracks on your ceiling are small and thin, then usually it is not something you should worry about too much. However, if they are rather large and wide, you could have a more serious problem at hand. Here are the different shapes and varieties of cracks that you should look out for, as well as what they indicate:
Spider Web Cracks – These cracks resemble a small
spider web, and are usually developed over time and
appear in historic homes. If you find a spider web
crack that is 1/16th of an inch or smaller, it is
nothing to worry about. If it is larger than 1/16th
of an inch, you should get it checked out by a
professional to see if you are in need of repair.
Vertical Cracks – Vertical cracks will run through your entire ceiling and may even continue down the wall. These types of cracks indicate serious foundation issues, and you should get them inspected and repaired as soon as possible.
Bowed Ceiling Cracks – If your vertical cracks are rather large and your ceiling is bowed around them, this also indicates a serious issue. Bowed ceilings mean that you definitely have a foundation problem, and need to get it fixed before the damage gets worse.
The location of the crack is also very important to know when determining how serious an issue is. If cracks form around the edges of your ceiling, it isn't such a big deal. When the middle of your ceiling has a crack however, this is something you will need to take care of.
Symptoms That Lead To Foundation Failure
When on the lookout for ceiling cracks, be sure to stay aware of other signs that your foundation may be failing. These include:
- Leaning Walls
- Misaligned Doors and Windows
- Floor Cracks
- Tilting Chimney
- Stairs pulled away from the porch
- Sloping or Uneven Floors
If you have experienced any of these issues, or have discovered concerning cracks in your ceiling, be sure to call FOUNDATIONS ON THE LEVEL today. We have the expertise, fantastic equipment, and unbeatable products that you need to repair your foundation and get it back into good shape. We offer our services to homeowners and business owners alike in Orange County & San Diego County, California.