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    Pressures from the soil around a basement block wall, especially if the soil is saturated or vehicle traffic has come close to the wall, can cause a horizontal buckling crack in the wall. But we don’t see that problem here because there are hardly any basements in Florida.

    Essentially, any inward or outward pressure that runs along the length of wall (longitudinally), and is not a point load, will tend to create a horizontal crack. That’s the easy part of figuring it out. Finding what is applying the pressure or causing the rotation can be more difficult.

   For more information, see our blog post “What causes cracks in the walls and floors of a house?” for a brief course in crackology, or go to “How do I recognize serious structural problems in a house?” for tips on hunting for clues to underlying structural defects.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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