Structural Issues for Home Inspectors
Im reading two different things. Can you tell me what im missing?
Diagonal cracks that grow in width, especially ones that are wider at the bottom than at the top, indicate settlement. Diagonal cracks over windows indicate a weak header. Diagonal cracks in a poured concrete foundation that are fairly uniform in width or are hairline-type are caused by shrinkage and, though they may allow water entry, do not constitute a structural defect.
Tiny cracks that follow the plaster surface that look like spider veins may be indicative of a moisture problem behind the plaster itself. Diagonal cracks can be associated with settlement or shifting of foundational elements. Cracks over doors and windows can be attributed to the expansion and contraction of wooden framing components, and are generally not considered structural defects.
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