Causes of Wall Cracks In Your Home
Cracking walls are an annoyance for any homeowner. Some cracks can be easily spackled and sealed without the need to call in the professionals. Some common causes of wall cracks include:
- Humidity – Wood frames in most older homes expand and contract when the humidity rises and falls. This in turn puts stress on the plaster or drywall in front of it. The stress levels of your interior walls eventually lead to cracking.
- Loose Plaster – Older homes used standard plaster walls instead of the more durable drywall used today. As it ages, plaster may sag as it comes loose from the lumber frame behind it. This causes the plaster to weaken from stress, and eventually crack.
- Settling – It is natural for homes to settle on their foundations over a period of decades. This creates structural weaknesses that, by themselves, are of very little threat to the integrity of the home.
However, it is possible that cracks in your walls, floors, and ceiling indicate serious structural and foundational issues.
Cracks Caused by Foundation Failure
Cracks in the walls of your concrete basement, foundation or exterior brick façade may indicate that the foundation under your home has begun to fail. This can cause many headaches for a homeowner including:
- The Development of More Cracks
- Bulging or Bowing Walls
- Sagging Ceilings
- Wall and Ceiling Collapse
- Complete Structural Collapse
Preventing Wall Cracks and Structural Damage
These problems, both minor and major, can be avoided with a surprisingly simple reinforcement technique. Carbon fiber strips installed on cement basement walls, can protect your home from blemishes like wall cracks, and even from possible catastrophic collapse.