Cracks can be a huge problem in both the interior and exterior of the home. Although cracks may be more likely in older homes, they are still possible in new homes, especially if the newer home develops a foundation issue. Some common areas for cracks to form are the mortar between exterior bricks and the interior sheetrock. It is important to regularly examine both the interior and exterior of your home for the signs of foundation failure. If you notice any issues in your home that are suspicious of a foundation issue, contact Pierman Foundation Repair Services today.
In the interior of the home, you can look for cracks in your sheetrock. These cracks can appear in the ceiling and the walls, and come in several different types:
Next, you can look at the exterior of your home, especially if you have brick or masonry. One of the most common places for cracks to form in the exterior of your home is in the mortar between bricks or masonry. The common types of mortar cracks are:
Since most sheetrock and mortar cracks are caused by foundation movement such as heaving or settlement, the most effective solution is to stabilize the foundation. This can be done in a few different ways: the installation of helical piers, the installation of steel push piers, or polyjacking. Steel piers and helical piers both anchor into the load bearing soils deep underground and support the weight of the structure to remove stress from the failing foundation and restore it to the proper position. The main difference between the piers is that helical piers are screwed into the ground, while steel piers are driven into the ground. Polyjacking is a method that involves the injection of an expanding polyurethane foam to fill voids and support lift the above foundation. These methods all stabilize the foundation to close any cracks that may have formed.
If you live in Oklahoma and need sheetrock or mortar repair, contact Pierman Foundation Repair Services today.