Do we have subsidence?

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Hi

We live in a 1930s semi which has a double storey rear extension.

Recently we have noticed lots of small hairline cracks all through the house on the walls and ceilings. Also small cracks round door frames and gaps in floorboards and under skirtings are appearing too. There don't seem to be any external cracks in the brickwork, although there is cracking to the render at the rear of the house.

Does this sound like subsidence? We had a structural engineer round to have a look and he assured us that the cracks were nothing to worry about but I'm sure all this movement can't be right surely :(

Does it sound more serious?[/list]
 
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Virtually ALL houses move one way or another.

Those built on clay practically dance! :mrgreen:
 
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sounds quite normal - I have been amazed how big the cracks are appearing around our house during the generally very cold and dry winter & spring! 2 or 3mm along where the stair skirting board meets the wall and around some door frames too, but I believe it is normal.

The previous owners blocked up an archway between the two main downstairs rooms with plasterboard and when it is cold you can see the whole outline of the previous opening as the plaster has cracked around the join, but once the heating has been on a few hours all the cracks close up and its barely visible (I think we need to wallpaper that wall!)
 

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