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Deal with Cracks with ease!


Deal with Cracks with ease!


05-Nov-2017


There are problems that arise someday or the other. Someday there may be paint flaking off from the walls, or someday you may see blisters on your wall, also it may happen that you see some cracks on the exterior of your wall which may cause moisture in the interior of your walls during the rainy season and hence lead to problems like blistering or the paint coming off the walls.

The causes of the wall cracks may be one of the following:

  • Natural Drywall Shrinkage: this may happen if the weather is too dry that it leads to the shrinkage of the walls which may lead to cracks in the exterior or the interior of the walls. These cracks can be horizontal or vertical in nature.
  • Poor Foundation Construction: It may also happen that the material that was used for the construction of your home was not of a good quality and thus the material of the inferior quality leads to the cracks in a later stage.
  • Temperature Changes: temperature changes also may lead to the cracks in the walls. It is so because as the winter arises the moisture level in the atmosphere gets lowered down and as we have seen that our wooden doors and windows may also contact or expand during the changing weather so same thing happens with the walls also. Thus, leading to cracks in the walls.

As discussed earlier cracks can be of two types- vertical as well as horizontal. Horizontal cracks do not pose much threat and hence do not calls for an important fixing of the gaps. It does not signifies the structural flaws in the construction of the home and thus one not worry a lot about it. However, if there is any movement in the wall, vertical cracks can appear which can be the early warning signs of something more dangerous and in need immediate attention. If the timely attention is not given, these holes can become bigger and more dangerous, as they will spread in other areas.

Now let’s see that what all measures one can take to prevent a crack:

  • Using expansion joints in your brickwork. Expansion joints separate brick masonry into segments to prevent cracking caused by temperature change, moisture expansion, elastic deformation, settlement, or creep. 
  • Use pre-moulded foam or neoprene in the brick expansion joint. It can be done, by leaving a continuous opening through the brick Wythe and filling it. Finish this joint with backer rod and elastomeric sealant material to prevent moisture and water going into the brick joint.
  • Do not forget to make sure that the expansion joint materials run through the full thickness of the Wythe. It will avoid that mortar, and other debris will clog the joint.
  • Do not use fibre board or similar materials in expansion joints as they are not compressible.

These steps may help you to avoid cracks in the exterior or the interior of your home. Precautions are better than cure. Do not forget that you apply the above stated precautions when your home is in a process to be made. Because this might prevent your walls to get a crack in the walls. But well even if the walls of your home gets a crack then let’s look at the ways in which it can be treated.

There are a number of ways by which we can get rid of the cracks that may come up. They are listed below:

First thing that one should keep in mind before applying any of these cracker healing solutions is that the surface must be free from dust, oil, grease, loose particles, etc.

Now let’s get started with the alternatives one has to heal the cracks:

Asian paints Smartcare cracker seal: Asian Paints Smart Care Crack Seal is also special for the water resistant film that prevents the water to seep down the cracks and hence as a result may form moisture or water droplets and hence as a result there may be blisters on the interior of the wall. Asian Paints Smart Care Crack Seal is a ready to use fibre glass reinforced crack filling compound for both interior and exterior surfaces. It ensures unmatched crack bridging ability for plaster cracks of up to 3 mm. Asian Paints Smart Care Crack Seal has got a very adhesive nature. It can be easily applied on any material that is absolvent in nature like the wood, plaster, walls etc. also Asian Paints Smart Care Crack Seal allows to be over coated by paints from the Asian paints. Especially, the over coating of the emulsion paints will have a greater adhesion to the cracker seal. The Asian Paints Smart Care Crack Seal is not to be applied over the wet surface. Also, it should be kept in mind that this cracker seal is only for the plaster walls. And for the cracks that are more than 3 mm this Asian Paints Smart Care Crack Seal is not useful and hence it is advisable to not to apply it on the cracks that are more than 3 mm.

Dr. Fixit: Let’s look at the way that how Dr. Fixit has to be applied over the wall, once the wall is well prepared for the Dr. Fixit to be applied upon. You first need to moisture the wall before you apply Dr. Fixit over the wall. Fine hairline cracks must be widened up to a minimum of 1 mm and then be filled. For filling, Dr. Fixit Crack-X Shrinkfree on the internal surfaces, remove the existing POP or painter’s putty till the plaster surface is exposed. Press Dr. Fixit Crack-X Shrinkfree firmly into the crack only one time, with a spatula or putty knife and level the surface. If convenient, use handball application. Take care to avoid formation of cavities or bubbles during application. Allow it to dry in ambient conditions for 5 to 6 hours before painting for best results. A 7-day air curing is advised. Once these steps have been performed it is advised to apply the best suited putty over the walls and then get it repainted of the same colour as that of your wall.

So these were two of the measures that a person can take to cure the cracks on the walls so as to make the walls free from problems like blisters etc.

Well, this problem is most common in areas like the walls which are shared by the bathroom. It is so because the moisture level in the washroom is high thus may lead to cracks in the walls. Remember to keep your home well-ventilated during this season and take quick steps to remove any mould or fungus from your walls since this can cause respiratory issues. If you notice excess moisture or deep cracks in your walls, consult a professional immediately to prevent damp walls.

So all the best to prevent and cure your home walls from cracks like these.

Thankyou!


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05-Nov-2017