What is the Difference between Structural and Non-Structural Cracks

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You know what it’s like? You walk outside your home, take a look at that seemingly harmless crack on your wall, and then all at once on your lovely summer’s day, you start to worry.  Don’t worry, were here to help. While it is true that that minor cracks can turn into bigger cracks to threaten the structural integrity of your home, and that every crack should be taken a look at by a professional, there are differences between structural and non-structural cracks that you can view here below..

NON-STRUCTURAL CRACKS

These are small less that 3mm in diameter cracks, that do not at the moment threaten the integrity of your home. They appear in your foundation.  Weather conditions, temperature changes and moisture content naturally cause your foundation to experience these cracks.

 

 

Some of the factors that cause non-structural cracks are:

  • Creep damage
  • Shifting foundations
  • Hydrostatic pressure
  • Settlement
  • Vegetation or trees

Like we said before, not all cracks are initially threats to your home’s structural integrity, nevertheless they should be monitored and treated very carefully off the get go, as water can seep into these cracks and start to erode your homes inner concrete.

STRUCTURAL CRACKS

There are a number of different issues that cause structural cracks, like swollen soil, poor soil bearing, poor construction sites and overloading.  You can tell if you have structural cracks, because you will have problems on the inside of your home, like sloping floors and windows sticking when you close them.

Generally, structural cracks appear wider than 3mm in length. They can appear in the wall beams, foundation walls or slabs. And they usually extend to the upper floor of your house. They can be vertical, horizontal, diagonal or run like a staircase.

How to Address Structural and Non-Structural Cracks.

Non-structural cracks should be monitored and taken care of so they don’t get worse, they are usually repaired with an injection of a sealant resin, this resin protects your foundation from future leaks and prevents the problem from worsening.

There are a number of methods that can be used to fix structural cracks:

  • Injecting the crack with urethane to permanently seal it.
  • Install carbon fiber strips to damaged walls.
  • Using resistance and helical piers to level sinking and settling foundations

Paint Doctor uses a number of professional and efficient solutions to get your home back to the state it should be in, contact us for further support and advice.