After pulling into your driveway, out of the corner of your eye, you notice what appears to be a large crack on the side of your home. But you just built the property a few years ago; how can this happen? You begin to stress and wonder ‘will my house fall down?’. The Hub team would like to help relieve your stress and urge you to continue reading below…
Is cracking serious?
Though they may look horrible and scary, cracks do not necessarily mean your house will fall down. Some cracks can be superficial and will have no effect on the structural integrity of your home. For your peace of mind, we recommend engaging the services of a property inspector or structural engineer, as they can determine the cause and extent of the problem, advising you of the seriousness of the cracks.
What causes cracking?
- Poor Structural Design or Workmanship
Unfortunately, if the builders misjudge the design capacity of a building or do not make allowances for shrinkage, poor workmanship can cause cracks.
- Ageing of the Building
Deterioration of a building over time as well as if the bracing and support in the formwork during slab construction is insufficient, cracks can erupt.
- Ground Movement/Changing Environment
Restricted moisture in the soil as well as targeted sun exposure both have a considerable impact on home structures, causing cracking and movement.
The Hub’s top tip to help avoid cracks
“Plant trees and plants at least a couple of metres from your house.”
Why is a Special Purpose Inspection with The Home Inspection Hub so important?
- We can help relieve your concerns by outlining the specific issues and how to address them.
- We can help catch the issue early which might save you the cost of expensive repairs or even a complete replacement.
- And if the situation escalates, we have Inspectors who can provide support and reassurance with an expert opinion at VCAT.
To learn more about our Special Purpose Inspections, click here.