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Strange Vertical Crack Near Conservatory Door

Discussion in 'Building' started by gebbione, 22 Jan 2019.

  1. gebbione

    gebbione

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    I am seeing a crack on the side of this door between the conservatory and the reception. I think this started first very small over the years, anything I can remember is from summer 2017. I have noticed some noise around the door in summer 2018 and the crack becoming slightly larger.

    There is no storey on top of that wall, it is bearing the weight of a flat roof and its own brickwork. I am also not 100% sure if a lintel is present in the structure.

    The door is between the reception and conservatory if you look at the map and you can see also my video in the album to have a better feeling of the structure.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/wib2wzeqGRYULeEh7

    Thoughts?
     
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    The building on one side of the crack is moving away from the building on the other side of the crack.

    A job for a structural engineer or the insurance.
     
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  4. gebbione

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    Would go straight to the insurance? I do not see any lines on the wall on the first floor closer to the bedrooms (on top of the living room)
     
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    It could be shinkage, but it seems a bit too much and been going on a bit too long for that, is this less likely on an internal wall. So as the ceiling is involved too it may be a case of looking for a more probable cause which is movement.
     
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    t looks like the wall which is not part of the original house may have movement in the foundation either heave pushing the area around the doorway up or subsidence on either end.

    As woody says only way to be sure is a survey by an independent structural engineer, it could just be minor movement that will stop, but best to get it checked. Personally I would avoid getting your insurance company involved till you have had someone look at it, but avoid just asking a builder you might get drawn into expensive work that is not needed.
     
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