If you are a Dr. Who fan, you are probably aware that a crack in the wall could open the door to a new dimension and new adventures in the time and space continuum. However, when you are a homeowner, there is no such thing as an exciting crack on the wall. A crack is likely to be bad news. Depending on the cause of the crack, things could be worrisome. However, there is more than one reason for the unpleasant crack to appear. To help you understand what’s happening, here’s a little list of some of the most frequent causes and the risks they pose to your safety and your home.
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Home curb appeal and structure
If you’ve been working on your home exterior to improve its curb appeal, you’ve probably taken a good look at the paint on y our exterior walls. A fresh coat of paint can make your home look clean and new again. It can also bring the decor together, making the door and the garden stand out a little more. However, before you call a professional painter, you want to inspect the walls. If you spot a crack running along the exterior façade, it could be the result of damage to your foundation. When the foundation is affected, the house structure becomes weakened. In the long term, the structure will deteriorate further if you don’t book professional services that offer the best foundation repair for your needs.
Cracks in the paint
A small crack in the exterior paint, however, is no sign of foundation deterioration. Hairline cracks in the paint tend to occur when the paint is damaged. The good news is that it is easy to fix and less unsettling than a deep crack in the wall. The most likely causes for damaged paint relate to the paint itself and the job quality. It is a recurring issue when homeowners choose to paint their exterior walls themselves without preparing the surface or owning the appropriate tools. You might want to upgrade your exterior with the professional services of a local painter.
Discolored crack in the ceiling or wall
Are small discolored cracks appearing on your ceiling? These can have an unpleasant look as they resemble a stain. Sometimes, they are even wet to the touch. A discolored crack indicates a moisture issue. More often than not, this happens underneath plumbing zones inside your home. For instance, if the room above the ceiling is a bathroom, you might want to investigate your tub or shower for leaks. If the ceiling is underneath the roof, you should make sure to get your roof checked for water infiltration.
Normal settling cracks
Every property settles over time as the house ages. As part of normal wear and tear, you can expect minor hairline cracks around your windows or doors. This occurs as the ground shifts slightly with the weather or as the building materials dry out. These tiny cracks don’t cause structural damage. They only appear in the weakest spots of your walls. They will disappear under a fresh coat of paint!
Is the crack on your wall normal? There is more than one type of crack, and consequently, more than one answer to the question. However, one thing is for you: As a homeowner, your priority is to understand your property. There is nothing to gain in painting over a crack if you don’t know its origin!
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