Wall Cracks and What Causes Them

Noticing wall cracks in your home can be undeniably disconcerting. It can make you feel as though your house is coming apart at the seams. Thankfully, there are solutions. Recently, we reviewed how epoxy injections are one of the most affordable and effective solutions for wall cracks.

Still, you’re going to want to get to the bottom of what is causing your wall to crack. That’s why we’ve laid out a few of the most common causes of wall cracks in your home.

Common Causes of Wall Cracks

Today, we’ll help you get to the bottom of what’s causing wall cracks in your home.


The best-case scenario as to why wall cracks have formed in your home is that they’re a natural result of your house settling over time. You might not think about it much, but the truth is that all houses subtly move as time goes on. If you’ve ever been spooked out by seemingly inexplicable sounds in your home, this might be what you heard.

This process is called ‘settling,’ and it’s completely normal. The cracks that form as a result of settling tend to be most noticeable over doors and windows. Don’t worry—they do not indicate a larger structural issue.

Lack of Occupancy

Was your home left vacant for a significant chunk of time before you moved in? It’s natural to feel some alarm when you notice wall cracks, but if your home was unoccupied, it might not be such a large cause for concern. When people inhabit a space, they alter the internal ‘climate’ dramatically. Through modern air conditioning and heating technology, as well as humidifiers and dehumidifiers, they keep temperature and humidity in check.

If a home has no occupants for a period of time, these environmental factors go unchecked, and the fluctuations can cause cracking in drywall. The good news is that this damage is almost certainly cosmetic. Still, you should get a professional inspection to ensure that there is no larger issue at hand.


Wall cracks—especially when they’re in your basement—often indicate that your home has a leak. If you have even the slightest suspicion that this might be the case, it is imperative that you take action as soon as possible. Water damage can cause serious harm to the structural integrity of your home. Even worse, it can lead to the formation of black mold or other substances that can harm your health.

Thankfully, there are more resources in this modern age to combat the threat of water damage than ever before. It can be devastating to learn that your home has a waterproofing failure. But don’t despair; we’re here to help.

Contact All Aspects Waterproofing to Repair Wall Cracks Today!

If you are ready to get a professional to waterproof your home’s basement, contact All Aspects Waterproofing, a Better Business Bureau A+ rated company with over 30 years of experience in the Washington, DC./Maryland/Virginia area. We have a great deal of experience in waterproofing, mold testing, and mold remediation, and we want to make you feel at home again. Contact us online or by calling 1-866-999-3110 or 301-766-4420. To see what we’re up to, follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestYouTubeLinkedIn, and Houzz.

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