Noticing a crack in your wall can be alarming, especially since there is no real way to determine if there’s a bigger problem without having it inspected by an expert. Fortunately, there are still things you can look for that will tell you whether a cracked wall is just a minor eyesore or a sign that your home has a structural problem.
Horizontal Cracks vs. Vertical Cracks
The best way to determine if a crack in a wall is a serious problem is to look at its shape and which direction it’s running along the wall. Vertical cracks that start where the wall and ceiling meet tend to form as the building’s foundation starts to settle shortly after it was built. These cracks also tend to run along your drywall and aren’t nearly as serious as they look. Smaller cracks can be patched up with some drywall putty and some … Read the rest