Building Problems – Structural Cracking
What is Structural Cracking?
Cracks in brickwork and cracks in concrete are usually building construction defects generally because of poor engineering design, DIY lack of expertise, defective building practices or builder mismanagement.
Repair of the cracks will depend entirely on where the crack is located, type of soils, proximity of trees and the weather. Drought conditions can be a major factor. Your real estate investment will likely be devalued if the defect is structural and require structural repairs.
What do I need if I have structural cracking?
Where cracks have occurred, then a building inspection by an experienced Building Consultant, or Structural Engineer will be required. The inspection will check the building construction type and contributing factors for these cracks appearing.
What problems arise due to structural cracks?
There are engineering and standard building tolerances where minor cracks may not be classified as defects. Cracks can also appear in new builds or where renovations or additions have occurred where inadequate building practices have resulted in movement. Substantial cracking may become evident and in extreme cases result in wall collapse.
Major Structural Cracking
Where major structural cracks are evident and have been identified and confirmed by a Building Consultant or surveyor, then this is referred to an experienced Structural Engineer for engineering designs. This may involve structural underpinning but may also involve other building alternatives. The cost and type of repairs will vary depending on the remediation required.
Questions and Advice
If you’re worried about cracks and structural issues in your property or a property you’re considering buying, then contact us on the details below for advice and a building inspection. With over 30 years’ experience, you can rest assured our expert consultants know what to look for and what to advise you on.