Wall Cracks

Home inspectors are asked all the time, “What about that crack in the wall?”

Some home buyers react negatively when they spot a wall or ceiling hairline crack, thinking it compromises the structural integrity of the house.

The fact of the matter is that wall and ceiling hairline cracks are 100% visually cosmetic and they don’t affect the house in any way.

However, cracks are an indicator that something caused them to form in the first place.

The most common causes of wall and ceiling cracks here in the San Francisco Bay Area are:

  • Earthquakes
  • Incorrect drywall installation and taping of joints
  • Too much moisture in wall studs during construction
  • Foundation settlement due to poor drainage around the house

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