Cracks in your drywall and ceiling may seem like a scary thing to stumble upon, but they’re not always cause for concern. However, while some cracking may be natural and more of an eyesore than a home hazard, others may be a sign of a bigger structural crevice. Here’s how you can tell the difference:
It’s common to see spiderweb cracks in the ceiling and walls of older homes. These small fractures are a result of the structure settling over time. The only problem with these cracks are simply cosmetic. However, what you should really be on the lookout for are cracks that continue across the ceiling and down a wall. These cracks are a sight of structural damage. A simple rule of thumb is the larger the ceiling or wall crack, the more severe the problem. This is why it’s always best to call in a professional to assess any concerns you have.
A crack that is accompanied by a bowed ceiling should be dealt with right away. This usually means that the joists are failing to support the home properly. It is also wise to pay attention to where the cracks are. Those around the edges of the ceiling are common and usually nothing to worry about. On the other hand, cracks in the middle of the ceiling might become an issue if left unattended. If you have multiple large cracks, they should be looked at by a professional as soon as possible.
Your roof is one of the most important components of your home. Keep it protected so it can protect you in turn, and last for years to come. Not every crack in the ceiling should be cause for alarm, but the ones that are problems should be seen to right away. Knowing how to identify the dangerous cracks from the cosmetic ones is the first step to getting the problem solved.
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