5 Tips to Avoid Cracks From Minor Settlement
I bought a ten-year-old home in May of this year. It had just been freshly painted. It’s August and two cracks have developed on top of the kitchen door, one on one corner of a window and one about two feet off the floor in the hallway upstairs. All these are recently discovered and are hairline cracks. Is this normal? What steps do I have to consider to solve this?
You can help to avoid this problem by taking the following steps:
- Install rain gutters and downspouts around the house.
- Grade all soil at the perimeter of the house away from the house to avoid water running into the crawl space. This goes for concrete patios and walkways too – they should be poured so that water runs away from the house.
- Don’t flood the landscaping surrounding the house.
- If lots surrounding yours are higher, or drain onto your property, an extensive drainage system may be in order.
- Make sure that there is proper ventilation under the house so that moisture or dampness does not collect.
The most common method of crawl space ventilation is vents at the perimeter of the foundation.