Cracks in Your Walls? When do you Need to Worry?October 25, 2016
It’s something that you probably don’t even want to think about, a crack running anywhere from floor to ceiling in the structure of your home or business. While cracks may not seem like a big deal at first, they can quickly evolve into large structural issues, which can cost you in both time and money. To avoid unnecessary stress, it never hurts to reach out to a professional like those on the team at VIC Underpinners. But if that’s not on the agenda for a while, here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind when you’re eyeing that crack.
The biggest question on everyone’s mind- when are cracks an issue? Don’t push this question to the back of your mind, we’ve got the answers to help mitigate any stress. The characteristics that you want to keep an eye out for in cracks include whether your windows or your doors no longer fit properly in the frame that they were fitted in, whether cracks measure wider than 5 mm and whether one side of the walls in your rooms is higher than the other side. Any of these three merit a call to a local contractor. You can rest at ease knowing that any cracks that don’t fit these criteria are not the biggest cause for concern. We still recommend keeping an eye on them, but they’re nothing to run home for, today. The problematic areas generally include the corners of the structure, windows or doorways.
So how do you fix these larger cracks? Structural Engineers are very helpful in this process. They’re able to both analyze the situation and offer a solution. The solution? Call VIC Underpinners (hint, hint!). If the damage is severe or long-term, then the best recommendation is to lift the structure up and re-level or re-support it. This is the base definition of underpinning, our primary service. Once a house has been underpinned, then the cracks may close or become smaller.
It’s also important to note the catalyst for some of these larger cracks. No, they’re not because your youngest children have been taking an axe to the wall again. They’re not because your furniture is too heavy, or the dance parties over the weekend are becoming too crazy. No, the root cause is in the strength of the foundation. If your foundation shrinks or loses some of its strength, a part of your house can sink. This can be a small part or a large part. The foundation can also lose strength if there is either too much or too little moisture in the soil underneath the foundation. Looking for more information on this topic? We recommend that you check out Foundation Maintenance and Footing Performance: A Homeowner’s Guide.
We can’t hammer this home enough (pun intended); It always pays to reach out to a professional. The team at VIC Underpinners have the experience and know-how to troubleshoot any foundational structure issues that you may have.