Question

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.

Answer

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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