If you notice wall cracks in your basement or around your home, you may wonder when to worry and when you can breathe a sigh of relief. There is some confusion about vertical and horizontal cracks. Some say that vertical is worse, while some say the opposite. But the truth is, both types can signify a problem, size often determines the severity of an issue. The only time that you don’t have to worry about cracks in the walls is when they are thin cosmetic cracks.
Measure the Width
Grab a measuring tape and measure the width of the wall cracks.
● Are the cracks less than 1/8 inch wide? If so, they are likely stress-cracks
● If they extended further than 1/8 inch wide, the issue is more severe and should get inspected as soon as possible.
Cosmetic cracks are generally thin and straight. These cracks are common and usually nothing to worry you. If the cracks are jagged, have a stair-step formation, or at a 45-degree angle, it signifies settling or structural issues. If you see these, it is time to call for a professional inspection. However, it is not time to panic. Sometimes these cracks are not severe, but when they are, it is better to have them repaired as soon as possible. As mentioned above, if the cracks are more extensive, they are more serious.
Is the Area Surrounding the Cracks Dry or Wet?
You may have to wait for a rainy day to determine whether the area around the cracks are wet or dry. If the area becomes damp after rain, you have a water issue. It can lead to mold, mildew, and damage. Get it checked out as soon as possible.
As a general rule, the sooner you call in a professional, the more convenient and less expensive the repair. The longer you wait, the more damage and more complicated the repair is going to be. Therefore, the cost is going to go up. Many companies offer a free inspection, so you have nothing to lose by having these cracks checked out. If you see one in your wall, do not panic, call the professionals to diagnose the issue and take care of it. You shall feel better once you know that the crack gets well handled. Please do not let it become a more significant issue in the future.
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