My 25 yr old ranch style home is developing cracks in the drywall. Would this be caused by settling even after 25 years?

Asked by Carol Springfield, MO
Nixa, MO

I live in an area of the midwest that has lots of clay soil and rock formations. In just the last year these cracks continue even in places I never saw them before. Just at the doorways beginning at the upper corners of the door jams. I worry this is not from settling of the house after 25 years.


Sean Lintow Sr

Answered by Sean Lintow Sr

Naperville, IL

SLS Construction & Building Solutions

March 5, 2013

Unfortunately you have left out some important information like:

  • is this slab on grade or crawl-space
  • interior or exterior doors,
  • any changes recently, etc...

Clay soils have been known to expand and contract with changes in moisture content so that could be an issue.

If this house is built on a crawl, you may find that blocking was not placed between the joists where the walls land so that could be an issue.

I am also curious when you said, they are not where you have seen them before - have you had an ongoing issue?

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