Whether it’s mostly concrete, steel, or wood, your home changes or moves over time. The changes in season and temperature cause the soil underneath your house to expand, shrink or settle. A few cracks in the ceiling or walls happen naturally, and you don’t have to worry about it. Even so, cracks could indicate severe structural problems as well. Knowing the difference between different types of cracks can help you identify serious issues.

Crack between ceiling and wall. If you notice that there is a gap between your wall and ceiling, it’s best to have it checked by a professional because this might be caused by foundation settlement.

Cracks with sagging. If the cracks are accompanied by sagging, this needs immediate attention. 

Cracks that run across the ceiling to the wall. Structural damage causes cracks that run across the ceiling down to the wall. Call a foundation professional immediately.

Thin spiderweb cracks. Small cracks in the ceiling plaster are normal. You can also find these spiderweb cracks on walls and floors. You don’t have to worry much about these, as you can quickly fix them by repainting. This naturally happens after years of paint buildup.

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