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Old 2008-04-02, 10:25 PM
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Cracks can be due to a number of factors, so without seeing them, its hard to be able to say whether or not you should be concerned. If you look closely enough, probably every home has a drywall crack somewhere. Many are due to shrinkage when wood-frame homes age. Sometimes cracks can be due to relieving a built-up stress, but are of no structural consequence. The cracks that are of greatest concern are those that are due to structural settlement, or due to a structural deficiency.

Now that you are aware of these cracks, keep an eye on them for any change over time. Also look for other clues for structural concerns, such as doors and windows that have become difficult to open, cracks in the foundation and masonry, and humps in the floor that you hadn't noticed before.
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