Cracking Under Pressure? Tips To Repair And Prevent Foundation Issues From Settling

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The purchase of a home is not only a smart investment, but it can also be exciting and memorable. Unfortunately, you most likely have fallen in love with your new house and are not playing much attention to small imperfections in your walls and ceilings. Understanding how nail pops and cracks appear is imperative. In most cases, you may be dealing with minor issues such as nail pops or slight fissures in your walls, you can easily complete the repairs before they become larger issues. Use this guide to repair cosmetic issues from settling and help prevent additional issues. 

Nail Pops

Nail pops are popular issues that occur as your home settles. Over time, certain areas of your drywall may move causing the imbedded nail to appear on the surface of your wall.  On the other hand, settling can cause the nails to shift while your drywall remains in place.

No matter how or what moves, nail pops appear as round, raised bumps on the surface of your wall. These cosmetic blemishes are easy to repair using the following steps:

  1. Scrape away the layer of paint and tape surrounding the nail pop using a utility knife.
  2. With the back of your hammer, pull the nail from the drywall.
  3. Hammer in a new nail, measuring slightly larger than the original nail, into the hole.
  4. Use a tool to spackle on a layer of drywall compound over the new nail.
  5. After drying for a few hours, sand the surface and apply a second coat of compound.
  6. Once the second coat is dry, add a coat of paint.

Repairing these cosmetic issues is simple, but if you notice multiple nail pops in one area of your home, you may have a foundation problem. Go outdoors and walk around your home's exterior. Be sure to check the foundation for any cracks. If there are even small cracks visible, move into your home's crawlspace to document father damage.

Foundation and Crawlspace Issues

In most cases, noticeable cracks on the exterior of the home are sure signs of foundation issues. Unfortunately, you are most likely not equipped for this type of repair, so contacting a professional foundation contractor is key. However, preventing further damage from settling is possible with waterproofing from a place like Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc.

The small cracks in your foundation can cause air to leak out of your home. In the summer months, cooling the interior of your home will be challenging. In turn, heating your home will become a problem due to the warm air leaking outdoors. Waterproofing your crawlspace seals these cracks to ensure efficient air conditioning and heating. Sealing and waterproofing your crawlspace, basement, and attic can reduce your heating and cooling costs by 20 percent.  

Excessive amounts of moisture on the land surrounding your home can cause your home to settle prematurely. Rain, snow, and any moisture prevalent in your crawlspace will cause cracks in your foundation and nail pops inside your home. Waterproofing your crawlspace will block this moisture and prevent it from affecting the soil under and around your home.

Although not associated with your home's foundation, waterproofing your crawlspace can also improve your indoor air quality. By reducing moisture under your home, you are decreasing your risk of mold growth. While unappealing, mold is a serious concern that causes allergic reactions and respiratory issues.

Wall pops and cracks may not seem problematic at first glance. However, if you are noticing multiple imperfections inside and outside your home, you may have a serious foundation problem. While settling does cause minor cosmetic issues inside your home, repairs are still necessary. Using this guide, you can repair an unappealing nail pop and prevent additional settling with waterproofing.  

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