How can I determine if a house is structurally sound?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The only way to determine that a house is in good condition structurally, without opening up walls or other invasive testing, is to look for signs of structural distress. No visual evidence of structural problems means the house is likely stable and sound.

    The indications that a structure is moving, shifting, unstable, or even in failure, can sometimes be easy to miss. See our blog post How do I recognize serious structural problems in a house? to learn what to look for. To delve further into structural issues, read  What causes cracks in the walls and floors of a house? for a brief course in crackology. 


    If your concern is about a specific crack pattern, go to these blog posts: 

What causes stair-step cracks in a block or brick wall? 

What causes a horizontal crack in a block or brick wall?  


How can I tell if a diagonal crack in drywall at the corner of a window or door indicates a structural problem?  

There's cracks running along the home's concrete tie beam. What's wrong?  

How can I tell if cracks in the garage floor are a problem or not? 

Why is my stucco cracking?

How can I tell whether my house foundation problems are caused by a sinkhole or expansive clay soil?

• What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

 
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