My house was constructed in 1992 and we still have not completed the finishing work. Our roof is wood, there is no tie-beam or mullion at all in this house and there are some lintels above the windows & doors.
Cracks have appeared in the masonry walls starting from 2 years after construction in some areas, and in other areas some years later. Here is a picture of one of the cracks (click for full size):
I have been advised to consult a structural engineer. What can I expect from this consultation? Are there any specific questions I must ask the engineer?
I want to know if we can continue the construction as per proper standard or if I have to demolish the house and build it again.
Our land is loose soil and there is no concrete footing on this house. If this is a soil settlement issue, there are three options as per my understanding:
- Continuous appearance of cracks in different areas
- Cracks in a certain area with width increasing gradually
- There is no new crack formation or growth after some year
Here are some additional pictures (click for full size):