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Are wall cracks a sign of a defect?

If you notice cracks in the walls of your newly built Pennsylvania home, you are not alone. This is actually a common issue, but it can stem from a variety of causes. According to Buyers Ask, some of these causes are beyond the control of the builder or contractor, but others may be a defect or due to bad construction.

Sometimes cracks will appear due to settling and stress that occurs naturally. These cracks can usually be filled in and painted over. They will not pose a danger to you or harm the structural integrity of your home. You may see them in areas where drywall meets or along seams. They are usually very thin.

Some cracks, though, are the result of something done incorrectly by your contractor. Bad drywall jobs can lead to cracks. If you notice them shortly after your home is built or after work is done, then this is not normal and you should contact your contractor to get them fixed. A good drywall job should last for some time without any noticeable cracks.

If you see wide cracks or those that are not vertical or horizontal, then this is a good sign something more serious is happening. These are not normal. They could be the result of a bad foundation, a roof issue or some other structural issue. If you have a newly built home, this is definitely not normal. Issues like this may happen naturally in an older home, though. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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