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Question DetailsAsked on 9/14/2015

We purchased an 80 year old home, last week we noticed cracks appearing in the walls & ceiling. Is this structural?

Cracks are in the walls in kitchen, stairs, family room (all on first floor and stairs leading to basement). Also, there are spider webbing cracks in the upstairs master bath ceiling, this room was redone 2 years ago. If it were just a few cracks it wouldn't be a huge concern but the cracks are excessive, more are appearing and they are growing every day. They are extremely unattractive and I am worried there are structural issues.

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If these are appearing and growing daily, then yes you almost certainly have a structural issue - foundation settlement, framing deterioration, serious rot or termite/carpenter ant infestatation, sinkhole, sliope instability, or any of a number of other possibilities. I would get a Structural Engineer (your Search the List category) on the case ASAP before you start having possible structural collapse issues, if this is a real serious situation - which you will not know until it is inspected.

Inspection should be not more than $500 and probably a hundred or two less, depending on how long it takes to find the source of the issue - cost of the design to remedy the situation of course depends on what the problem turns out ot be.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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