It’s important to keep on top of house maintenance as a way of preventing minor issues turning into serious problems later on. A plaster crack, for example could be a surface blemish, or it could indicate bigger problems. However, while we need to be aware of any cracks in our walls we should be careful about taking on large or complicated repairs ourselves.
Houses usually settle during the first few months, even years after construction. Clay soils shrink in the summer and expand in the winter which can cause ongoing patterns of movement in a house. So some minor plaster wall cracks in a house can be expected. However, some types of cracking can indicate more severe issues are at play, potentially affecting the integrity of the building.
It’s true that we’re a nation of keen DIYers but we all need to recognise our DIY limitations. We might think we can manage plaster crack repairs ourselves but often it’s best to get expert advice.
Not all cracks are serious and surface-blemish cracks can often be repaired with the right putty, sanding tools and a fresh coat of paint. However, it’s not always easy to tell the difference. By getting in the professionals, they will help to determine whether the problem is serious and the most effective way of dealing it.
Experienced professionals will also know if there are any planning, building or health and safety regulations that need to be met, such as getting building consent, using scaffolding or dealing with asbestos.
Your house is a significant investment as well as your home. It’s not worth putting it all at risk – if you find some plaster cracks this summer, call the experts.