Rachel Asks: I’m seeing a lot of small cracks in my walls. Do I have a structural problem?
Danny Lipford: It’s very unlikely that those small, hairline cracks that you see on the walls in your home, maybe above doors and windows, are actual structural problems. It’s usually just a little thermal expansion that can be repaired very easily by just using a little lightweight spackling.
But the type of crack you really need to be concerned with are those that are little wider than that, maybe three-sixteenth of an inch or more, and where one side of the crack is not level with the other side of the crack. That can indicate some active structural movement.
Also, if you have any doors in your home that don’t fit the jams quite as well as they used to, another tell-tale sign. Either of those situations you need to call out a foundation specialist and allow them to look very closely at that area of your home.
This post originally appeared on Today’s Homeowner
For more information on this topic check out:
- How to Repair Cracks in Plaster Walls (video)
- How to Fill Cracks in Drywall (video)
- Foundation Cracks (video)
- Foundation Problems (article)