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We’ve put together some tips on what to do should you spot a cracked wall at home – as well as lots more to help keep your home in tip-top condition.

Cracked Wall

Cracks in the walls of your home may be unsightly and a touch unnerving, but they are just the result of movement in the building and are usually simply due to the house settling. The building materials will expand and contract due to temperature or soil movement under the home, both of which are entirely normal.

1.Could be major or minor

Most cracks will be purely cosmetic issues and can be easily filled in using either a putty or epoxy filler of some kind.

2.Identify the cause

Plaster – especially new plaster – can be prone to shrinking, leaving cracks in the wall as it dries. These are easy to fill and should be no issue. Others, though, are a sign of subsidence and need to be inspected by a specialist.

3.Tidying up

Simply clean the crack of any loose material and fill, sanding any excess back.

4.What if the crack returns?

If the first fill fails to solve the problem and the crack returns, it is important to measure any increase in size. If the crack is moving or growing, it usually indicates a more serious underlying problem and you should seek the advice of a builder or subsidence specialist.

If the crack doesn’t grow any larger, you can simply refill with a soft plaster, which will allow for slightly more movement in the building, and retouch as before.

 

 

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