How to Know When Ceiling Cracks Are Structural or Just Old

It is common knowledge in the world of building construction that every structure is prone to movement, because it’s a natural thing for the soil/ground to do and nothing can spot that. So no matter how old the structure is; it is subjected to different kinds of movement. It might be because of expansion because of the temperature transition, the seasonal shrinkage or the slow settling of the house. The consequence of these movements is crack on the structure, whether on the ceilings or walls.

Ceiling Cracks

If you notice some cracks on your ceilings and wondering if those could be signs of structural damage or caused by age, we are here to give some few things you can check. If you don’t know where to start, you can always call Sherman foundation repair contractors for their help. There are cracks that you shouldn’t worry about, but there are cracks that are obviously an alarming one.

1. Spider Web Cracks

The most obvious determining factor that the cracks you found in your house is caused by its age is the size of the cracks. Spider web cracks normally happen to houses and is always a part of the settling of a structure over the years. You can see them throughout the walls and not just on the ceiling but on the floors, walls, concrete slabs and grout joints too. However, if you see a really large one with a width of 1/16 inches, that’s an indication that the structural integrity has been compromised.

2. Matching Vertical Cracks

There are cracks that come with age, and there are those that are signs of structural damage. These cracks should be an alarm for you. If you see one that runs across the ceiling’s length and down the wall along the same line, you see a crack that can cause a potential danger. This is probably because of a jarred loose component, weak wall stud or the house settling. Like we mentioned, you can determine if the crack is a pressing issue if the size is not normal.

3. Bowed Ceiling

If the cracks you noticed come with a “dip” or bow in the ceiling, this is an indication that you’re facing something serious. The joists of a structure have the responsibility to hold the structure’s weight and remain it level. However, if it weakens, the ceiling will start to sag. If the cracks have sagging section, either in its one side or along the crack, you should call a structural engineer right away.

4. Location of the Cracks

Another factor you should check out to determine if the crack is a pressing issue or not is the location. The cracks you see along the ceiling’s edges are normal due to the home’s movement or settling. However, the cracks you see in the room’s middle should raise a concern. If you see multiple, long and wide cracks, you should consult a professional right away.

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