I purchased a home recently and have started noticing a lot of drywall issues that I didn't notice before.... (even though they were probably there)
I am not an excellent handy-lady but I can do minor repair work. In this situation I am more worried about the CAUSE. I don't want to cosmetically fix something that is just going to keep happening over and over again.
I am hoping this is just settling, or a lazy drywall crew, but I would be interested in seeing if any of you have other opinions.
p.s. sorry about the blurryness in some of the photos--the ceilings are a bit high and I had to use the zoom function.
ceiling bulge near where it meets wall... this is along an interior wall. Is this the tape coming loose?
to the left is the wall on the two-story stairwell, to the right is the doorway into a hallway. I am the most worried about this particular defect... as it protrudes the most from the ceiling. There are slight hairline cracks along the length of the bulge
there are "lines" like this on a few ceilings in the room. This photo is the ceiling above the 2-story stairwell.
Also, I didn't snap photos of this, but in a few drywall corners (outside corners) the tape is bubbling/visible. Not sure if this is just crappy workmanship?
The house is approx 12 years old. There are no other signs of major movement in the house (no cracked floors, walls, garage floor, doors/windows that wont shut, etc) There were a few small cracks in the stucco exterior when we purchased the house, but the inspector didn't seem to think much of them.
The house is in an area that has had some foundation issues in the past---but that occurred to houses built AFTER this one and to homes built by another builder. I am hoping these defects are part of normal house settlement and it would be sufficient to cosmetically fix them and forget they were ever there? I think I might be a bit neurotic as this is my first home!