Interior drywall damage: Replace the wall vs. fixing the foundation
All drywall cracks do not point to foundation failure. But, it’s important for the structural integrity of your home to accurately determine whether your drywall crack is due to cosmetic damage or foundation problems.
Replacing drywall costs less than fixing structural issues, but if you’re not solving the root problem, it will be more expensive in the long run.
Interior drywall finishes are used for both structural and decorative reasons. Your drywall walls help brace your wood walls against buckling and racking due to foundation settlement. They also conceal the wood framing, insulation and piping. Inadvertently, drywall can also conceal serious structural damage due to foundation settlement or water damage.
If your interior walls become powdery or cracked, it’s important to first ascertain the source ofthe problem—cosmetic or structural—before replacing the wall. Slapping a decorative fix atop a structural problem might hide it, but in the long-term will allow the underlying damage to escalate.
To determine whether you need a cosmetic fix or a structural repair, you need to know the source of the crack or water damage. At Helitech, we offer free consultations to take a look at your walls and evaluate the extent of the problem and whether it’s dormant or active. Once we detect the source of the damage, we’ll give you a free estimate for how much replacing your drywall might cost.
Drywall damage can point to underlying structural problems.
Before you replace the damaged wall, learn about the cause of the problem.
Cosmetic or structural drywall damage: How to tell the difference
Cosmetic and non-structural problems are typically isolated to one area or wall. If a crack in your drywall is due to widespread foundation problems or water damage, it will be visible in more than just one wall. Your walls will be uneven or sag. There will be gaps between your wall and floor. Here are some signs of interior wall damage, and how to best fix them: