|Floating Wall Detail|
|Mudjacking pumps a slurry under the concrete to raise it|
|A wide, diagonal offset crack|
|Common shrinkage crack|
Sometimes if all or most of the living spaces are completely finished, it can be more difficult to assess the hidden structure underneath. Drywall cracks are not always a concern beyond cosmetics, and the size and placement can give you some idea of what may be going on. Small cracks at the corners of doorways and windows are common as they are a point of vulnerability in the drywall. Also, a straight line crack that follows a seam in the wall may not be serious, unless the crack widens or there is an offset. Diagonal cracks or those larger than 1/4" may indicate structural movement and should be investigated.
I often see homes with sagging floors. Usually, a little sagging in the middle of the floor is not a concern, but sagging near an outside wall can indicate a more serious problem. It may have something to do with rotting of the floor joists, or if may be that a footing is sinking. If you don't have experience examining issues like this, or you can't see the underlying structure, it's recommended to have a structural professional come out and assess your situation. Give me a call if you need any recommendations!
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