Originally Posted By: John Gaskin
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I am buying a 3 year old house and have a general question. The house has a hairline crack over the garage in each corner moving up in a "stair-step" motion inward. My building inspector said that this was due to a sagging lintel and should not "grow", so to speak. He was not concerned.
Generally speaking, has the house settled all that it is going to settle? I believe the crack occurred early on while the mortar was drying.
There is also a small hairline crack like this on the back of the house (w elevation) at the bottom of the brick row moving up two bricks and one on the side of the house (s elevation) moving up a couple of bricks.
These cracks are only 1cm (maybe 2 max)wide approximately, and are the same width top to bottom, and only move through the mortar in a stair-step fashion. Should I be concerned?