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Posted by2 months ago

Came home to this…

Giant crack in my ceiling

Any ideas on how this could have happened or how much it will cost to repair?

Edit: The home was built in 1973. The crack is right below a beam, and it’s only on the ceiling (it doesn’t go into the other rooms or hallway or the walls). In the picture, you are seeing the insulation hanging but not the beam. We don’t see any issue with the beam it was attached to but obviously we aren’t professionals.

We are already calling around to get a professional to come out. We just wanted to get some ideas of what things we could expect. Thanks everyone for replying with their different theories!

Update: Got a structural engineer coming out.

Latest Update: The engineer came out. No structural or foundational issues, just poor craftsmanship from the 70s! The nails were over 2ft apart. Currently in the process of replacing the ceiling

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· 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago

Your family is losing their magic. Sorry.

Edit: Drywall was probably under nailed, fasteners corroded over time, weight of drywall and dirty, possibly wet, insulation caused the drywall to eventually separate from the framing above.

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But whats YOUR gift?!

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We don’t talk about Bruno.

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Or someone was playing Jumanji at home again…

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🤣

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Based on the sag and the photo, i cannot tell what is coming down, rafters or sheetrock - you potentially have many things failing. Get out, call insurance, i wouldnt even tell you to go in the attic unless you know it's far from this area and can view to this area without going in too far with a flashlight.

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Roof truss - get an engineer out and get out.
That is a lot of pressure to pull that apart ....

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Best case your drywall tore itself off the ceiling joists.

Worst case your roof or floor is about to cave in.

Either way, get out and call a structural engineer to assess it, Then call your insurance.

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That fan is either saving the drywall from calling completely or coming down with it, in which case OP needs to get out now.

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That is very bad.

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Expert

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Impossible to tell from this photo. You need to get out from under it and call someone pronto.

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Is that insulation or wood?

I'm guessing the sheetrock just pulled away from the ceiling joists/rafters. Maybe a leak saturated the insulation and the weight made it fall.

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It's actually Orcus from the Demon Realm breaking through to our Universe.

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· 2 mo. ago

There was a local news story just the other day in my area and I actually have a personal experience as well. The house in the news was built in 1974, mine in 1966. It was common practice in this area, at the time, to fasten the ceiling sheet rock/drywall with nails rather than screws. Lon and behold, how ever many decades later, the screws pull away and you have this. Mine happened about 5 years ago and cost me $6k to repair, a small portion of which was covered by my insurance. I didn’t push them too hard because my agent had advised they probably wouldn’t pay anything at all. As to the incident on the local news, their insurance company (State Farm) has told them they will not cover as it’s due to shoddy workmanship. Lots of room for disagreement on that one, I think. Sharing it for whatever caution and information it may provide.

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My house was built in 1970. We had this happen on one edge of the ceiling in a spare bedroom. After seeing this post and hearing your story, I have the urge to preemptively secure the whole ceiling with screws... Only problem is the whole ceiling is textured

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$6k to replace Sheetrock in one area? You could get a whole house done in that.

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Yeah, but sheetrock wouldn't rip all in one piece like that. It almost looks like earthquake damage, the way it just cracked along one line.

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The screws pulled away?

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