There you are, relaxing in your easy chair and contemplating life. You look up and notice a massive crack in your ceiling. Panic immediately ensues. Does this mean a completely new ceiling and thousands of dollars for the cost or is it purely cosmetic and nothing a lick of paint won’t solve? Well here’s our quick guide to what the crack in your ceiling can mean and the ceiling crack repair options.
Yes, a crack in the ceiling can spell disaster…sometimes. But it can also be a sign of ageing and not necessarily a precursor to bigger problems.
What Can Cause Cracks In Ceiling
Let’s tackle the more worrisome issue first. If you see a crack which appears to be wider than 1/8-inch, you could be dealing with potential structural damage. A large crack accompanied by a sagging ceiling, can mean you have a structural problem on your hands and that needs immediate attention. The cause could be due to a number of issues including storm damage, burst pipe or excess weight bearing down on the ceiling joints. Professional and experienced ceiling crack repair companies like ours can come and examine the ceiling, identify the cause and fix ceiling cracks safely and quickly.
Typical Cracks In Ceiling
A large crack with discolouration could be signs of a potential moisture problem. This can occur when an overhead leak begins to trickle between the ceiling’s drywall panels and causes the joint tape to loosen. To prevent the leak causing more severe water damage, the leak needs to be identified, the moisture or damp needs to be dried out and the ceiling repaired as quickly as possible. Once that is done, the loose tape will need to be removed and the joint re-taped to the drywall.
While you can patch the hole in the ceiling yourself, identifying the source of the leak is extremely tricky and the repair will depend on the ceiling type and the finish e.g plaster ceiling with a textured finish, so again it is always best to call in the professionals.
Horizontal cracks between the wall and the ceiling are often caused by roof trusses which pulls upward due to temperature fluctuations. This upward pulling lifts the ceiling drywall resulting in a crack between the ceiling and the wall. The only viable solution to this is once again, calling in the professionals to remove and re-attach the fittings to the drywall and trusses using clips or blocks.
On the other end of the scale, a thin, straight crack could be due to a poorly taped joint. An insufficient amount of drywall mud during the taping process means the tape may not have adhered as securely to the joint as necessary. This results in a straight crack along the edges where the tape has become loose. This is actually just a cosmetic issue and can easily be fixed by applying some drywall compound underneath the loose tape and re-fixing it to the drywall. It won’t take long and with some paint around the edges, the crack will have completely disappeared.
Really fine cracks that run in all directions is caused by the cracks in ceiling paste used to create a textured effect on the ceiling. As the compound dries, it starts to shrink and it is this shrinkage that causes the cracks. Again, this is easily removed by applying a layer of drywall compound over the cracks.
Hire Professional Ceiling Repair
Ceiling cracks together with wall cracks can seem incredibly worrying, but is less likely to be structural and more likely to be the house settling with age or contraction of the frame and moisture fluctuations, causing superficial crevices.
While the above is a good guide, and the cracks you seem likely to be superficial, the best option is to seek professional help and advice. At Southern Ceiling Repairs we are number one in Ceiling crack repair. We are experienced in repairing cracks in ceiling plasterboard and fix ceiling cracks no matter the problem or the size.