Noticed cracks or building movement
No one likes to find a crack appear on their wall, however this should not be ignored nor is it cause for panic. The majority of cracks which are appear in wall are surface disturbances in the wall plaster caused by your home expanding and contracting naturally. This is particularly the case for newly built houses or extensions where the house or extension settles over a period of time, it is likely several hairline cracks will appear in the floor and ceiling for the first few months of occupancy. These hairline cracks can simply be redecorated over. However, if the cracks persist in reappearing or get any wider they will definitely need further investigation to find out what is causing them.
Cracks on external walls should be taken more seriously, especially if the crack persists on reappearing or progressively getting wider. Causes for cracking can be anything from vibrations from traffic to foundation movement. If you have any cause for concern you should always consult a professional, one of our chartered structural engineers can carry out a site survey of the property to find out exactly why the building is moving or cracking and prepare a report detailing what the cause of the cracking is and recommending what remedial works need to be carried out.