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cracking cement floor/walls

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Posted by: from North Bay
1/20/2011 at 1:10:09 PM

I live in a new house and since the cold the house is cracking where the ceiling meets the wall, and actually pulling the tape apart. Also the last few weeks I here cracking throughout the floor and today it was all over the kitchen, I thought the floor was caving in. The ceramic has not cracked but when you step on certain tiles you can tell that the cement board is cracked. There is no insulation under the floor and there is an unfinished basement. The foundation has not cracked. We keep the house at 68. Our front door also had to be readjusted a few weeks ago because we could not lock it, the holes no longer matched up.

1. Why is this happening?

2. Does the floor need to be ripped out?

3. Is it the builders responsibility to fix this?

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Thanks in advance

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Date/Time1/24/2011 at 11:24:08 PM

sounds like your having an issue with what is called truss uplift, is it your top floor, where the ceiling is the bottom side of your roof trusses, as this is one big thing that happens to the interior walls, not usually around the outside walls, no drywall should be attached with in at least 12-16 inches from any wall, to allow for the truss's to move up and down and let the drywall flex. Just something to check. Seen it lots before in the back home on PEI when home owners done their own drywall seen as much as a 3/4 gap in winter, and nothing in summer

As for your floor sounds as if it wasn't dry enough before they set the tile down, did they put another layer of plywood before laying tile, as there is a minimum thickness this needs to be for installing tile.

Also the space under your floor could have some air drafts and cold air will do some nasty things to slightly damp subfloor, a lot of movement can occur. Do you have proper heating under the floor or in the immediate area, as for ripping out the floor, for it to be done properly it might be your only option. Installing an electric in floor heat will keep enough heat into your floor in winter to prevent this from happening again.

And as for repairs, if the builder did not do his job properly and cut corner it is his responsibility to repair these items, as long as there is solid evidence that he didn't do proper practise in his building techniques.

Hope this helps you

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Date/Time1/24/2011 at 11:36:00 PM

If the house was built within the past 12 months the house wiil settle. When the house is in the process of settling you tend to see cracks in drywall and sometimes in tiled floors. Doors and windows not opening or closing properly is also a sign that your house is definitely settling. Again, if the house is less than a year old a builder's warranty should stil be in effect (minimum one year from completion) and you should approach the builder with your concerns. If the builder is not receptive to your concerns and not willing to resolve your issues, I would seek advise from another builder as to how to address issues. Most reputable contractors would come and look at your house free of charge and suggest options you have as a consumer.

To answer the question regarding the floor being ripped up, there could be a hundred reasons why the floor is cracking - the most likely is that the house is settling. I would be giving you false advise if i told you that the floor needed to be ripped out without actually seeing it.

If I can be of further help please let me know.

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All-Sask ICF Systems - Regina SK. in Regina
Date/Time1/24/2011 at 11:40:21 PM

I expect that the walls where there is a gap is an interior wall and "truss uplift" is the likely cause. As for the front door not latching, it sounds like some kind of foundation movement. Is this a full concrete basement or crawl space? It may be that there is insufficient stiffness to the subfloor under the tiles. Also, the tile adhesive could be done incorrectly. Can you post any photos? (Try thetiledoctor.com )


cracking cement floor/walls
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Date/Time1/24/2011 at 11:42:08 PM

If the house was built within the past 12 months the house wiil settle. When the house is in the process of settling you tend to see cracks in drywall and sometimes in tiled floors. Doors and windows not opening or closing properly is also a sign that your house is definitely settling. Again, if the house is less than a year old a builder's warranty should stil be in effect (minimum one year from completion) and you should approach the builder with your concerns. If the builder is not receptive to your concerns and not willing to resolve your issues, I would seek advise from another builder as to how to address issues. Most reputable contractors would come and look at your house free of charge and suggest options you have as a consumer.

To answer the question regarding the floor being ripped up, there could be a hundred reasons why the floor is cracking - the most likely is that the house is settling. I would be giving you false advise if i told you that the floor needed to be ripped out without actually seeing it.

If I can be of further help please let me know.

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Jess in North Bay
Date/Time1/25/2011 at 12:12:39 PM

Thanks you all for your help. I appreciate it!

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