Damage to drywall can include cracks, dents, and holes. Like any damage, it can range from minor to extensive. Knowing what kind of damage you're dealing with and how extensive it is can help you determine if you should attempt to complete the repair yourself or call an expert.
While you may be able to improve your home's appearance by repairing minor cracks yourself, some cracks are more serious and require professional help.
If your ceiling is spiderwebbed with even minor cracks, the thickness of the original drywall compound may be the problem. These tiny cracks likely don't indicate a structural problem, but they can be unsightly.
You may choose to improve the room's appearance by sanding the surface and reapplying the drywall compound. However, the widespread nature of the job may warrant a professional.
Another defect in the construction of your house can also cause drywall cracks. If the homebuilder attached the drywall panels to the roof's trusses, the drywall may crack when temperature fluctuations cause the trusses to expand and pull up.
Because they require detaching the drywall from the trusses and reattaching it to another base, these cracks warrant a professional. Cracks that are more than 1/8" wide, cracks that occur along with a sagging ceiling and cracks that are discolored are also a cause for concern. These cracks can indicate a structural problem or a leak. Fixing these cracks yourself risks papering over a serious issue. Over time, this will allow the problem to return and worsen.
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