No matter how long you have been living in your home, you might be concerned if you have spotted cracks in your interior or exterior walls. But are wall cracks a sign of water damage? Here are some ways to check that will help you determine whether your wall cracks are a problem.
What to Look for
When you are looking at your wall cracks, it can be tough to know if they are the warning signs of a bigger problem, like a foundation issue. Generally you can tell by the size and severity of wall cracks what they might mean. For example, small vertical cracks in the interior walls are usually harmless and caused by your house naturally settling. But if you find larger wall cracks at the seams in your house, such as between the wall and ceiling then you should have them checked by a professional.
Fortunately, when it comes to detecting water damage, you often can find more warning signs than a wall crack. The reason that walls crack from water damage is because they absorb excess water over time. In addition to cracks, you can look for warping, discoloration, and mold spots. Also, you might notice a bad mildew smell in places that are water damaged.
Where there is water damage, there will be water of course. You can start by looking for water damage in parts of your house that have several pipes, such as the bathroom and kitchen. If you find wall cracks there then it is more likely caused by water damage. You should also check your basement for leaks in your water heater. Often water damage will start in one room and spread throughout the house. The best thing you can do is get a professional home inspection if your concerned about your wall cracks.
Contact All Aspects Waterproofing Today If You Noticed Wall Cracks In Your Home
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