How long should I wait to fix my drywall after a lift?

How long should I wait to fix my drywall after a lift?

You’ve already paid thousands of dollars to get your foundation repaired. The money and the repair have already brought enough stress into your life. It’s in the limelight of your worries. Your journey has been strenuous and arduous as it is. 

As humans, we sometimes don’t make all our worries subside. They creep up when you least expect it, ambushing you as you’re doing the dishes. “Do I need to fix this sooner than later?” you ask yourself. “If I do, how can I afford it? I paid a fortune for my foundation repair.”

Dalinghaus Construction has inspected over ten-thousand homes, having fixed the foundations for over a thousand homes. While we don’t specialize in drywall, we know plenty to know it needs fixing after your foundation has been repaired. 

When after my house lift can I fix my drywall? 

To be frank, you’re able to patch drywall whenever you want after the repair. There have been clients who wait one day without problems, and others who’ve waited six days. 

We typically recommend waiting one month before fixing your drywall. Sometimes up to six weeks or two months. 

Can anyone stop you from repairing your drywall before or after one month? Of course not. Like a yellow street sign that recommends going 35 mph around a bend, you’re able to possibly go 40 mph. 

Think of it like watching a movie. Maybe you’ve wanted to see the movie Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness. Some of your friends have recommended the movie, while others have told you to avoid it in theaters–the movie is on Disney+ now by the way. The decision is up to you. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find enjoyment or some other semblance of satisfaction in the film. Worse comes to worst, you may have wasted money and time on the movie. Not the popcorn, though. Theater popcorn is never a waste of money. 

The point is to see what feels right for you since we can give our recommendation, but that doesn’t mean it’s the optimal suggestion for you and your home.

Also, note that the cracks being repaired will be a cosmetic issue. That fix shouldn’t take priority over the necessities like plumbing. Drywall fix doesn’t need to happen immediately.

What can happen if you fix your drywall the next day?

Your drywall can crack again during organic materials’ natural expansion and contraction. 

You can also fix it the same day and have the possibility of never seeing a crack again. You could also have to wait six months and have to repair the drywall crack as the structure shifts naturally. Not through your foundation settling. The ideal plan is to have the job done well and correctly so you never have to worry about your foundation settling again. 

Regardless of when you fix your drywall, you might see cracks return a few months later. Your house or the part of your house is naturally adjusting, wiggling into a spot. Your home is naturally adjusting until tight with the other organic material. 

Does Dalinghaus Construction do drywall repair?

No. 

Good, that’s out of the way. We’ve colored the answer red with bold. That’s how you know we’re serious.

Dalinghaus Construction specializes in foundation repair. You don’t want foundation repair guys repairing your drywall, regardless of the foundation repair contractor. 

Some contractors specialize in drywall repair. Who is the best one we recommend? We have contractors we can reference and others we look for on Google. We can give recommendations based on our experience, though that doesn’t mean any companies we suggest are the greatest fit for you.  

After searching on google, here is a list of drywall repair companies we’ve found in Southern California and Arizona. These companies are licensed and insured.

While it might not seem like an immense issue, you want to be sure any contractor is properly licensed and insured. While licenses aren’t proof of a company’s competence, it is indicative of competency and is associated hand-in-hand with warranties. 

Any legitimate contractor will have a licensing number on their website for you to look up on the Department of Consumer Affairs Contractors State License Board website. For Arizona, you can look for contractors through the Registrar of Contractors. Be suspicious if a company isn’t willing to provide its licensing number. That can be an indicator of shady practices. 

Southern California

Perfect Patch Drywall

  • Service Area: Southern Orange County, CA 
  • CA General contractor licensing number: 1064033
  • Google star rating and number of reviews: 5.0 Stars and 100 reviews
  • Qualities from Google reviews
    • Professionalism
    • Punctuality
    • Quality
    • Responsiveness
    • Value
  • Services Offered:
    • Drywall texture repair

Colors Custom Drywall

  • Service area: San Diego, CA
  • CA General contractor licensing number: 1060119
  • Google star rating and number of reviews: 5 stars and 2 reviews
  • Qualities from Google reviews:
    • Professionalism
    • Quality
  • Services offered:
    • Restoration
    • Remodels

The Drywall Guy

 

  • Service Area: Central, East, and West Valley
  • ROC number: 287641
  • Google star rating and number of reviews: 4.5 stars and 30 reviews
  • Qualities from Google reviews:
    • Professionalism
    • Punctuality
    • Quality
    • Responsiveness
    • Value
  • Services offered:
    • Repair Holes
    • Repair Cracks
    • Water Damage Repairs
    • Popcorn ceiling removal

Patchmaster Drywall Repair

  • Service Area: East Valley
  • ROC number: 321495
  • Google star rating and number of reviews: 4.8 stars and 161 reviews
  • Qualities from Google reviews:
      • Professionalism
      • Punctuality
      • Quality
      • Responsiveness
      • Value
  • Services offered:
    • Drywall and sheetrock repair
    • Plaster repair
    • Painting
    • Dings and dents

These four companies are only a few of many, many drywall repair companies. We encourage you to do more research to see which company best fits you. 

If drywall cracks come back, will there be other issues? 

We would love to tell you issues won’t be present with your home after repair, but that isn’t always the case. The purpose of foundation repair is to prevent further problems; not contribute to more. But the fact of the matter is there could be other inconsistencies than drywall cracks. 

If you find other issues, make a list. It wouldn’t hurt if you make a list so you can remember the problems and figure out how to fix them. Assembling notes and lists won’t hurt you. 

Cracks may also be residing in corners or sneaking behind furniture. Not all issues are effortless to detect. Check-in all corners. When you can’t find your keys, you don’t give up after only checking the living room. You search every nook and cranny until you find them. 

Not to say cracks are the equivalent to your keys. The fewer cracks found, the better. 

You may notice cracks, though don’t get them confused with a drywall seam. Cracks are going to mostly be at an angle. A drywall seam will be straight horizontal or vertical. 

Knowing what to do after the foundation repair and recommendations on contractors can be tough. If you still have questions, give us a call at (877) 360-9227. And if you wanted to do more research before scheduling a foundation inspection, you can schedule your free evaluation today!

WRITTEN BY

Brian Dalinghaus

Brian is one of the Co-Founders of Dalinghaus Construction. He has been in the foundation repair industry since 2005. During his career, he has been associated with helping over 4,000 homes and structures throughout California and Arizona.

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