Cracks in your ceiling can be annoying. It is important to understand that some ceiling cracks are a sign of foundation failure. Knowing how to distinguish if it is an age-related crack or a more serious problem such as foundation failure. There are several different types of cracks to be aware of and what they mean. This helps to determine how serious your ceiling cracks are in your Bay Area home. Some of the most common types of ceiling cracks are:
- Spider-web cracks – these cracks have a pattern similar to a spider web. Unless they are larger than 1/16 of an inch, they are usually the result of standard aging.
- Vertical cracks – these cracks run the length of the ceiling and continue down the wall. These types of cracks are often a sign of foundation problems and need to be addressed immediately.
- Bowed ceiling – a ceiling crack that is in conjunction with a large bow in the ceiling is a sign of a serious foundation issue.
Not only is the type of crack important to know, so is the location of the crack. Cracks appearing along the edges of the ceiling are usually nothing to worry about. Cracks in the middle of the ceiling are something to worry about. They often result from a deeper structural issue. The size of the cracks is also important. Small, thin cracks can be repaired easily, whereas larger, wider cracks require a more complicated solution.
Not only are ceiling cracks an indication of foundation failure, but so are some of these other signs:
- Leaning walls
- Bowed walls
- Misaligned doors and windows
- Floor cracks
- Sloping floors
- Leaning chimney
- Stoop and porch problems
At the first signs of foundation failure in your Bay Area home, let the professionals at Bay Area Underpinning help you inspect your home and see if you are in need of foundation repair. We have solutions for you.
Ceiling Crack Solutions For the Bay Area in California
If we find that your ceiling cracks are the result of foundation failure, we can repair your foundation using underpinning products such as steel push piers and helical piers. These piers are driven deep into the earth until they reach a more stable soil layer. Then the entire structure is lifted onto the piers to stabilize and lift the foundation back to its original level.
The products we use at Bay Area Underpinning are the best in the industry. They are manufactured by Earth Contact Products. Your foundation is the most important part of your home. It provides a firm footing for the structure to sit on. It is important to repair your foundation at the first sign of foundation failure. The resale value of your home will increase and you won’t have to worry about foundation failure in the future. We are a family-owned and operated business and our employees are professionally trained.
We are located in Vallejo, CA and serve the entire Bay Area. We take pride in the reputation we have built in this area and we intend to keep it that way. We will give you a free estimate for your foundation repair. The products we use are guaranteed and so is the work that we do. At the first sign of foundation failure, contact Bay Area Underpinning.