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Cracks in walls queries

Discussion in 'Plastering and Rendering' started by ChazzaD, 9 Jan 2021.

  1. ChazzaD


    9 Jan 2021
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    United Kingdom
    Hi all,

    I’ve recently bought a property, built in 1985, and whilst I had a building survey carried out prior to buying it, there was an element regarding the roof missed and so I wanted to gain some thoughts on areas of light concern regarding cracks in the wall.

    I live in a block that is split into four so each person owns a quarter of the house, each corner say. One bedroom, bathroom downstairs, semi-open plan living space upstairs.

    The previous owner lived here for 4/5 years before and had a fair amount of work done. I don’t know all the exacts but ceilings were plastered, downlighting installed, new kitchen, new bathroom, new doors and windows, new wardrobe having closed up a cupboard space. I don’t know for certain if walls were plastered/skimmed along the way.

    There were a number of hairline cracks where the walls meet the ceilings that I haven't included below. But there are a few cracks of concern I wondered if anyone could further query me on or reassure/suggest further investigation on some.

    Admittedly, I moved into the house and tried to fill cracks upon arrival but most have seemingly appeared again - being the small space it is, I imagine this could be heat related but if anyone has some advice on the below I’d really appreciate it.

    Living Room, as I look out of the window (roughly south facing) the wall to the left of the window has this:

    [​IMG] https://www.diynot.com/diy/media/living-room-left-1.105825/
    [​IMG] https://www.diynot.com/diy/media/living-room-left-2.105820/

    To the right of the window there are two cracks.

    I've attached a video of what it looked like before my Dad and I started to try and "get rid" of them. But also the most recent pictures for reference. As yet the top crack hasn't reappeared - I'm imagining it'll only be a matter of time.
    The second you can see they'd attempted to work on this before. I have since and whilst it's not as obvious as the previous owners attempt, it has reappeared as a hairline crack.

    Top Crack:
    [​IMG] https://www.diynot.com/diy/media/living-room-middle-2.105821/
    Lower Crack:
    [​IMG] https://www.diynot.com/diy/media/living-room-middle-1.105822/

    To note, this crack (now filled) also appears in the window part but connects to the top crack:
    [​IMG] https://www.diynot.com/diy/media/living-room-right-3.105828/

    These are upstairs whilst downstairs we have:

    Hallway: [​IMG] https://www.diynot.com/diy/media/hallway.105823/
    Bathroom - the only crack that I haven't worked on in any way and arguably, the widest one I see. This runs in line with the ceiling, and you can see the evidence of the vertical crack which appears on the other side too.
    [​IMG] https://www.diynot.com/diy/media/bathroom.105824/

    In short, is any of this to be concerned about? How I deal with it aesthetically isn't of importance if there's reason to be more worried about them in the first place. If there isn't cause for concern, I can think about making it "look" right then!

    I realise there's a few things to look at here so thanks for any help in advance.

    *To clarify, whilst there are these cracks around the inside space, I notice nothing to the outside brickwork.
    Last edited: 9 Jan 2021
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