How to monitor cracks

Worried About Cracks In Your House? Having Sleepless Nights?

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Here the foundation on the corner of the domestic bathroom had subsidised! Disguising cracks with paint and Polyfilla won’t work! You need to find the cause first and fix that before you patch walls!
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The problem here was with the pooling of water on the paving and the level of the paving being close to or at the floor level of the bathroom. In addition, it appeared the bath waste or water supply may be leaking.

How to monitor cracks in your walls and floors!

Often, home buyers and homeowners are worried by cracks in the house and boundary walls, especially plastered walls!

The good news is that, generally, concrete, stone, brick and masonry walls and concrete or screeded floors that have cracks less than 1 mm wide (the thickness of a credit card) are common and usually do not warrant any corrective action. Most of these small tight cracks are caused by normal shrinkage as the moisture in the walls and floors evaporates over time or settlement of the structure which usually occurs within the first few years after construction.

Be warned, however, that changes in condition around the structure may also cause settlement many years later! Examples are planting a new garden or tree or removing a garden or tree that is against or close to the house.

Crack Fillers

Note that all cracks should be sealed with paint, caulk (sealer) or mortar to prevent water from getting into the structure.

Moreover, if a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal masonry crack is filled with hard masonry patching compound, any substantial future movement is likely to show up as a new crack in the patched area or nearby.  Therefore, always use a non-shrinking grout to prevent stressing yourself!

Continued movement

Cracks that continue to move are a reason for concern! Continued movement in cracks should be evaluated as there may be a need for corrective action. Therefore, if you notice a crack has re-cracked or the crack has opened or gotten larger it should be monitored! However, first, make sure there is no shrinkage of the filler product.  All cracks that are 5 mm and greater should be carefully monitored to ensure there is no continued movement.

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Defective items in a home

Property patent and latent defects are important to know about.  Your dream home can turn into a nightmare!

A home inspection gives you peace of mind. The detailed report includes photographs, environmental reports, and the home inspector’s professional opinion. The report will mainly cover maintenance recommendations, life expectancies for various systems and components, and minor imperfections.

Property patent and latent defects that really matter will fall into four categories:

  1. Major property defects, e.g. structural failure;
  2. Things that lead to major property patent and latent defects, e.g. small roof-flashing leak;
  3. Things that may hinder your ability to obtain finance, legally occupy, or insure the home;
  4. Safety hazards e.g. exposed wiring in the electrical panel.

You can often repair serious problems inexpensively, protecting both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).

Latent defects uncovered during an inspection are often surprising to honest sellers. In addition, it should be noted that the seller is not always required to repair everything or anything described in the report.

No home is perfect! Keep things in perspective. Furthermore, do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. Moreover, don’t expect a seller to repair deferred maintenance faults already listed on the seller’s disclosure, or nit-picky items.

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