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Drywall Nail Pops

Have you observed sudden small bumps or raised areas on your walls and ceilings? These unappealing imperfections, known as drywall nail pops, typically signal underlying structural issues in your home. 

At Foundation Repair of Western Colorado, we have the expertise to diagnose the cause of nail pops and implement effective foundation repair solutions.  

Discover the nature of drywall nail pops, their causes, and how Foundation Repair of Western Colorado provides permanent solutions. 

What Are Drywall Nail Pops? 

Drywall nail pops manifest as small, circular imperfections in drywall when the nail head punctures through the paint and drywall. Despite appearing to be minor, aesthetic concerns, they often indicate more significant underlying issues. Drywall nail pops may coincide with other signs of foundation problems. 

Common signs of nail pops include: 

Foundation Repair of Western Colorado experts specialize in identifying the root cause of these issues, rather than just repairing cosmetic drywall concerns. We offer comprehensive foundation solutions that repair and prevent these issues permanently. 

What Causes Nail Pops? 

Drywall nail pops are caused for various reasons, including: 

Foundation Settlement 

The predominant cause of drywall nail pops is foundation settlement, resulting from uneven settling of your home’s foundation. This can be triggered by factors such as expanding soil, shrinking soil, poor drainage, or construction errors. As the foundation settles unevenly, it displaces the walls, stressing the drywall and causes nail pops. 

Cheap Building Materials 

Some contractors may use lower-grade drywall or nails that are prone to popping, exacerbating the issue. Seasonal weather changes and the natural aging of the home can also contribute to nail pops. The utilization of higher-quality building materials helps prevent drywall nail pops. 

Natural Shrinkage 

Wood framing in new homes undergoes slight shrinkage as it dries out over the initial years, exerting pressure on nails and often causing drywall nail pops. 

Addressing the root cause, especially foundation settlement, is crucial for ensuring the long-term structural health of your home. 

Can Nail Pops Be Fixed?  

Yes, drywall nail pops can be repaired. Short-term fixes, like drywall patching, can address the immediate issue, but the pops may reoccur as the foundation continues to settle. 

Rather than focusing solely on the cosmetic aspect of drywall nail pops, it’s crucial to adopt a comprehensive approach to effectively and permanently resolve the problem. Foundation Repair of Western Colorado offers comprehensive solutions by addressing the issues that cause drywall nail pops. Upon identifying the root cause, we recommend customized solutions tailored to meet your home’s specific needs. 

How to Fix Drywall Nail Pops 

Homeowners throughout the state know they can trust Foundation Repair of Western Colorado for long-lasting foundation repair.  

Here’s how our process works:  

Comprehensive Foundation Inspection 

Our experts conduct a thorough inspection both inside and outside your residence to assess the extent of foundation settlement. Subsequently, we recommend customized repair solutions tailored to your home’s needs. 

Foundation Stabilization 

We employ foundation pier installation, driven deep into the ground to reach more stable soil. While offering three types of piers, each with its installation procedure, they share the goal of permanently stabilizing the foundation. Additionally, they have the potential to lift sections of the settling foundation. Our three pier solutions include: 

  • Push Piers: Advanced manually into the underlying soil, push piers use the home’s weight to counteract damaging forces, transferring the load to stable soil or bedrock. 
  • Helical Piers: Installed hydraulically beneath the foundation, the screw-like helical piers anchor into bedrock or more stable load-bearing strata, particularly suitable for lighter structures. 
  • Slab Piers: Similar to other pier types, robust, steel slab piers are placed beneath homes with slab foundations to reinforce and potentially elevate the concrete. 

Moisture Management 

Since moisture significantly contributes to foundation settlement, effectively managing its presence in your home is crucial. We install basement waterproofing solutions, including interior drainage, sump pumps, and other crawl space encapsulation elements like vapor barriers

Foundation Repair of Western Colorado offers a proprietary line of products designed to meet your home’s needs, delivering long-lasting results superior to generic fixes. 

What Are the Benefits of Drywall Nail Pop Repair 

Proactive measures are essential for maintaining a safe and healthy home. Promptly addressing concerns like drywall nail pops ensures the longevity of your home’s structural integrity, promoting the well-being of your family. 

Here’s why prompt repairs are beneficial: 

  • Prevent Further Damage: Addressing drywall nail pops promptly helps in reducing foundation damage and prevents additional problems like sticking doors and windows. 
  • Preserve Home Value: Timely attention to foundation problems safeguards and even enhances your home’s market value. 
  • Ensure Safety: Swift repairs to settling foundations maintains the overall structural integrity of your home, ensuring a safe environment for your family. 
  • Avoid Expensive Repairs: Detecting and addressing issues at their initial sign makes repairs more manageable and less costly. 

Trust Foundation Repair of Western Colorado and our exclusive solutions, providing more effective and long-lasting results than those available at a standard retail store. 

Contact Foundation Repair of Western Colorado for Trustworthy Solutions 

Addressing drywall nail pops promptly is crucial to preventing potential foundation settlement issues. Our advanced foundation repair solutions are designed to effectively stabilize settling foundations and proactively prevent future instances of drywall nail pops. Customized to suit your home, our proprietary support systems come with long-term warranties for added peace of mind.  

Contact Foundation Repair of Western Colorado for a free, no-obligation inspection and repair estimate. 


Foundation pier installation times fluctuate based on the severity of foundation issues, the type and quantity of piers utilized. Typically, the pier installation process spans from a few days to one week. For personalized solutions and a comprehensive project timeline, contact Foundation Repair of Western Colorado. 

Drywall nail pop repair costs vary, depending on the extent of the damage and the number of piers required. Drywall patching kits are affordable and straightforward for DIY applications. However, they only conceal the cosmetic symptoms. Professionally installed foundation piers tackle the root cause—foundation settlement.  

Contact Foundation Repair of Western Colorado for a free inspection, a precise price breakdown, and available financing options

Homeowners can address minor drywall nail pops themselves. However, we recommend contacting experts, such as Foundation Repair of Western Colorado, for more substantial or recurring nail pop issues. Professionals possess the expertise to evaluate underlying causes and offer lasting foundation repair solutions. 

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Grand Junction

2575 U.S. 6 & 50, Unit A
Grand Junction, CO 81501