My hubby and I purchased the home in 2015. We are currently noticing cracks both inside and outside of the home. Moreover, we noticed the area had been fixed and covered up before.

As I'm not a professional, I am pretty concerned about it. Please help and diagnose if I should be concerned. Thank you ahead of time! It is much appreciated.

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  • A photo would be helpful, I can say this there are 2 kinds of concrete: the first is the one that has cracks and the second is the type that will crack. As concrete ages it continues to get harder and eventually will crack. The good news is the rebar or metal in the slabs and walls hold everything together even with cracks. If you can add a photo we can offer suggestions if needed. – Ed Beal May 31 '19 at 16:48
  • More important than when you purchased the home is when it was built (and where). Please revise to add that if you can. – isherwood May 31 '19 at 18:50
  • Yes, age and location are helpful. As an example, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and a lot of houses here are built with stucco exterior walls. They crack all the time because our ground is adobe clay so it is constantly swelling and shrinking with seasonal moisture changes and small earthquakes do their part to keep us busy repairing it. It's just something we live with here. – JRaef May 31 '19 at 19:08
  • Looking at the photo it has been patched before, being under a window I would want to see if some leakage may be the root cause, a single crack like that is not unusual. – Ed Beal May 31 '19 at 19:46

The short answer to the question in your Heading is: Yes, the culprit for the stucco crack is probably footing/foundation settling. But it doesn't look serious.

Most building move, some more than others. Traditional stucco shows it; concrete foundations/basements show it; and even drywall shows cracks in buildings that move enough. Unfortunately, stucco seems to highlight the tell-tell signs of a building's nefarious activity for all to see. The work for many stucco contractors is primarily repairing cracks. Your stucco crack is very typical - at a window sill. Interior dry wall usually cracks at the wall board seams. You can worry and spend lots of money trying to make a building hold still, but most people just fix the cracks.

Fortunately, developments in plaster/stucco/drywall have created materials that offer much more flexibility, to let the building do it thing without displaying cracks to prove it. Crack repairs tend to last longer now with the flexible materials. The art is in matching the original texture. A seasoned stucco contractor can make a long-lasting repair that blends in with its surroundings. If you want to do it yourself, there are plentiful youtube "How To" videos on the topic. Kirk Giordano has posted several good videos that apply directly the issue that you and numerous other homeowners are experiencing.

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