In every home, it’s normal to see minor cracks appear over time, especially in older buildings. But when should these cracks start raising alarm bells? Let’s delve into the subject to help you distinguish between normal house settling and more serious structural issues.
Not All Cracks are Created Equal
Minor cracks, especially those that are less than 5mm wide, are usually nothing to worry about. They commonly appear due to slight house settlement or changes in humidity and temperature. However, if you notice larger cracks, recurrent cracks, or cracks accompanied by other warning signs like doors that won’t close properly, it’s time to take them more seriously.
The Shape and Direction of Cracks
Straight and vertical cracks often result from house settlement and might not necessarily signal a major problem. Conversely, horizontal or diagonal cracks could indicate serious structural issues. Also, keep an eye out for stepped cracks in your brickwork, as these can be a red flag for subsidence.
When to Call in the Professionals
Any crack larger than 5mm in width, appearing suddenly, widening over time, or accompanied by other warning signs, warrants professional attention. Here’s where the expertise of a structural engineer becomes essential. At AOCA Engineering Consultants, we specialise in assessing and addressing structural issues in homes, including serious cracks. A structural condition survey conducted by our experienced team can help diagnose the problem accurately and guide you on the necessary remedial actions.
Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re ever in doubt about the cracks in your home, it’s worth getting a professional opinion.
To book a structural condition survey or for any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us. The team at AOCA Engineering Consultants is always ready to provide comprehensive assessments and advice. We offer professional, reliable guidance, to help you make an informed decision about the best course of action. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for any concerns related to structural cracks.