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Cracking and Movement – Building & Pest Inspection – Common Defects No 7

N0 7. Cracking and Movement

Cracking and Movement

When cracks are observed during a Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspections they always attract the attention of the inspector.

Cracks have many possible causes and the inspector uses his experience to attempt to identify what has caused them. This process includes examining the characteristics of the crack or cracks and other evidence that may be apparent in other areas of the building. Whilst the causes of many types of crack is obvious, there are also many situations where the cause cannot be identified within the constraints of a pre purchase inspection. When this occurs the inspector will typically recommend a further and more detailed investigation by an appropriate specialist such as a Structural Engineer.

Here are some examples of the types of cracking that occur:

  1. Cracks in the surface of concrete slabs caused by rapid drying of the concrete.

  2. Cracks in finishing layers caused by exposure to the weather.

  3. Cracks in wall and ceiling sheeting caused by the timber frame shrinking as it dries out in the first few years following construction.

  4. Cracks in masonry walls cause by movement of the foundations. Such movement has many causes and requires detailed investigation by a structural engineer.

  5. Cracks in masonry caused by insufficient or inadequate control joints to allow for thermal expansion and contraction.

If you have cracks detailed in your report Don’t Panic, they may be relatively minor. Even when the cracks are associated with more serious structural issues most can be rectified. The important thing is to inform yourself on the nature of any issues and the extent and cost of any remedial work required.

ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

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