How Concerned Should You Be About Cracks in the Walls?
Cracks on your walls are not only unsightly but can also pose a threat to both safety and structural integrity if left untreated for long. While some cracks may be superficial and can be sorted with minor repairs, others may be more serious and be a sign of an underlying problem such as structure settling or subsidence.
Here are some house crack signs that you should be concerned about:
1. Multiple, large cracks:
Hairline or superficial cracks are not as concerning as multiple and large cracks. If you see several large cracks either vertically, horizontally or ‘stepped’ on your walls, it usually signals a foundation subsidence issue that needs remedial action.
2. Cracks as wide as a penny
Experts recommend the ‘coin test’ to identify how serious a crack is. If you hold a 5 cent piece (or something of similar thickness) with your thumb and fingers and it can fit into a crack, it likely needs immediate attention.
3. Windows and Doors not closing:
If you have difficulty opening and closing windows and doors, it might indicate an issue with your foundation. Also, hairline cracks around the doors and windows should be paid attention to, as these, too, could be indicative of subsidence that needs rectification.
4. Diagnosing the cause for your house cracks
Identifying the cause of cracks in concrete or walls is necessary as not treating the cause (but instead the symptom) can lead to the problem reoccurring after rectification. Some reasons for house cracks include shrinking or swelling reactive soils, tree root systems, leaking downpipes or water pipes making the ground weak, overloading of footings (from renovations) or differential movement between extended and original parts of a property.
5. Getting down to wall repair solutions
Resolving a superficial or hairline crack is mainly done by applying a wall setting compound over the cracks and repainting the surface. For serious wall crack repairs, which may be due to issues like shrinking foundations or settled concrete, it is wiser to consult a specialist in raising and relevelling structures, as they can conduct a professional evaluation.
In addition to remedial action for cracking in walls, these experts offer solutions like raising foundations and relevelling concrete slabs to tackle the cause of the problem (not just the symptoms) of serious cracks in walls faced by most homeowners.
6. Your most valuable asset
For most people, their house is their most valuable asset. A house that is cracking will reduce its value and possibly become a stumbling block if you plan to sell your home any time in the future. It is best to take remedial action by reaching out to Raise+Relevel experts today!
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