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Question DetailsAsked on 6/15/2013

large, straight, vertical wall and ceiling crack - who to call?

One of the interior walls in my house has developed a large crack, in a straight line, from the floor all the way up the wall, and all the way across the ceiling. This is in a room that is a part of an addition on the back of my 100 yr old brick row home. I don't know what kind of service provider to contact to look into this and see if it is anything serious and repair if need be.

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Here is essentially the same question and associated answers:

Basically, just a crack, IF it does not include a matching crack through the foundation, is normal in this sort of addition as the foundation settles in, and if it does not open up enough to crack the roof or siding, is cosmetic - patch with spackle or drywall compoound, paint, and be prepared to do the same every year or so.

If it affects roof or siding, exceeds about 1/2 in total width, goes through foundation walls too, or you hear tearing and cracking sounds, then needs looking at for structural issues, as well as for whether wiring and piping is being stretched at the interface between old and new parts.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


You can try a drywall or plaster contractor in your area. If the "crack" is a straight line and joins into the ceiling it could be the original person that drywalled the room to vegain with did not stagger the joints. Without looking at the wall and ceiling, this is only a guess. If this is the problem, it might be caused by a combination of settling of the house and poor workmanship.

Answered 7 years ago by Guest_9949411

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