Cracks In Walls
Without having the wall inspected by a professional, there is no way to know for sure how serious a wall crack is. However, if you examine the crack and the area around it, you might be able to determine whether it is likely just a surface flaw or whether it is indicative of a more serious issue. Walls in newly built homes frequently develop hairline fractures in the first few months or even years after construction because of the normal settling process that occurs during this time. On the other hand, signs that the problems are more severe include cracks that are wide open, separation, and crack lines that run horizontally.
Are the cracks in the walls merely cosmetic issues that can be easily fixed, or do they indicate a structural problem that will require extensive repairs?
Wall cracks are fairly common in both new and older homes. They are frequently the result of normal house “settling,” which can be quickly and inexpensively remedied by re-taping the joints, which are the seams where the drywall panels meet. Cracks in walls, on the other hand, may sometimes be an indication of a more serious issue that needs to be resolved before any attempt is made to repair the crack.
When should I be concerned that the cracks in my house might get bigger?
Cracks that are severe enough to measure up to 25 millimeters in width may be an indication of structural damage and need to be inspected and repaired by a trained professional, which may include underpinning and rebuilding the affected area.
How can you tell if a crack in the wall is a minor or major concern?
A wall crack that extends all the way across the ceiling before making its way down the wall is a sure sign that there is serious damage to the structure. Another thing is any crack in the wall that is horizontal and runs the length of the wall. If the wall is bowed as well, then the situation is even more dire.
How can I prevent cracks from appearing in my home?
Put rain gutters and downspouts in place all around the perimeter of the house. Make sure that all of the soil around the house is sloped in such a way that it drains water away from the structure. It is important that the landscaping that is adjacent to and all around the house not be flooded.
What are some long-term solutions for repairing the cracks in my walls?
Cover the crack with joint compound and paper tape or mesh joint tape, followed by a thin layer of joint compound that extends approximately 2 inches on each side of the tape. Please allow it to dry. Apply a second coat of joint compound, this time feathering it out to a distance of approximately 6 to 7 inches on either side of the crack. Permit it to dry completely over night.