April 13, 2012

What Causes Nail Pops?

drywall nail pops
You've seen them, hammered them back in and wondered what caused them: drywall nail pops

Let's start with the definition of a nail pop: it's a small cracked circle in drywall or plaster. Drywall nail pops happen where the nail pulls away from the drywall, exposing the nail head or even pushing up the paint.

So, what causes those annoying, little nail pops? 

While they can be caused by normal house movement or wood expansion, if you have nail pops in addition to other problem signs (cracked drywall, brick or block cracks, sticking windows and doors, or uneven floors), then you could have a foundation settlement problem. 

The location and number of drywall nail pops can be a sign of the severity of the problem - or  if you even have a foundation issue. If the pops are located in one section of your home and there's more than one nail pop, then chances are good that you have a settlement problem. 

Settlement occurs when the soil your home is built on can no longer support the weight of your house. When this happens, your home will start to sink. If your home is settling unevenly then you'll start to have structural problems, and nail pops could be just one of the clues. If this is the case, it's always best to call in the pros.

When in doubt, give your Virginia foundation repair expert a call at 866-370-4816 for a free inspection.

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