If you are concerned about cracking walls in a house, we can conduct a structural inspection to determine the cause of the cracking. There are many reasons that can result in cracking. The structural inspection will focus on the source of cracking. Cracking in walls in a residential house can often depend on the soil conditions. Walls in a house may crack for various reasons and we can advise if the cracks are structural or non-structural as well as advice on how to rectify the cracks. The main aim of the structural engineering inspection is to assess the particular situation and provide specific guidance on repairs.
What are Structural Cracks?
The most common cause of structural cracking is foundation shifting or damage. Cracks can be recognised in a variety of ways:
Verticle cracking can be caused by a variety of factors, including differential settling, weak or uneven compaction, or soil erosion under foundations.
Angled cracking is caused when up and down loads are applied with forces offset from one another, cracks are prone to form at an angle. This type of cracking is typically connected with reactive soils.
Horizontal cracking is commonly encountered along the mortar joints of brickwork, particularly if the brickwork is noticeably unaligned. The footings may have deflected, or the brickwork may have failed to withstand the weight.
Diagonal cracking ‘rip’ through the construction part. This type of cracking is nearly typically caused by structural foundation movement.
What are the Causes of Structural Cracking Walls?
Trees with root systems near foundations can directly harm footings or contribute to soil moisture fluctuation, both of which can cause structural cracking. Poor drainage on a property increases the chance of structural cracking due to high soil moisture content.
Uneven foundation settling can occur due to varying soil qualities on the property or poorly compacted fill. If you are building a home, it is highly recommended to acquire compaction certifications wherever possible.
When a Structural Site Inspection is Required to Determine Cause, Severity, and Action Plan of Cracking Walls?
Changes in functionality of doors and windows, such as sticking or difficulty opening or closing, may also indicate structural issues. These signs can indicate a bigger problem and should be treated with urgency. Cracks in areas like the ceiling or slab can also be a cause for concern. An uneven floor, tilting floor lines, twisting walls, or leaning walls can also indicate a problem or imminent collapse. Addressing these issues is crucial to ensure the safety of your family.
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