Can someone give me some guidance on these types of cracks? Here in east Texas our soil is fairly stable (red clay) and in many homes I find no perimeter cracks; sometimes I do. I feel confident (fairly so) in identifying shrinkage cracks in a garage floor; however, in the past, I’ve been writing these (see pics) to get “further evaluation”, etc…
What I want to know is how much of a “big deal” are these cracks?
Of these pics, one is a stand-alone, one lines up with the crack in the brick veneer, one is a back porch (thinner concrete) that was simultaneously poured with the slab and its crack lines up with a crack in the brick.
None of these were visible on the inside b/c of the floor coverings.
Bruce, for me it does. I go “typical hairline cracks” on everything unless they exceed 1/8th inch at some point of the crack, then I actually look at them. I do photo some and comment for the same reason as Dale.
Bruce, here is my standard wording for such cracks:
Now, the crack in the 1st photo that shows on the parge coat, the mortar and the brick would give me pause. If it did align with a drywall crack on the interior then I would likely refer this to a foundation expert.
It does not change my answer, now if that window (typical) crack was starting at the floor and not at the window corner, which is just another normal crack location I would say something different (like watch the cracking for a few months to make sure it isn’t getting bigger), but I would not have anyone in the foundation business go to this house for such a minimal crack that’s for sure.
I would tell the client to look at the cracks from time to time and make sure they are not enlarging simple as that.
And I would offer to stop back in a couple months and look at them myself…free, it would make the client know you care.