Our house is 100 plus years old and we are planning a first floor addition. We have noticed over the seven years we have lived here that the walls keep cracking. We go through periods where it seems like cracks appear or grow, then there's times it seems nothing new happens. These cracks are in just about every room in the house. We are concerned because of our plans to build the addition. Should we have our existing foundation checked or what would be suggested? We don't want there to be a problem later with the addition seperating from the house or something like that.
Cracking in the walls to the extent you describe would certainly be an indicator that perhaps settlement of the entire structure is happening, slowly but surely. I would suggest starting with a professional home inspection service that can provide details of structural deficiencies. Look in the yellow pages.
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