Construction: cracks and tears

Common causes for tears and cracks in concrete or plasterwork:

heavy load on weight bearing elements of the construction
shrinking of the concrete due to the drying process
shrinkage and expansion due to changing temperatures
moving of the soil

Construction tears through shrinkage

Concrete can shrink due to the hardening process. During this process the concrete also generates heat. Both of these can lead to internal tension which cause the concrete to tear.

Additionally, expansion and shrinkage due to changing temperatures can lead to tearing as well. As an example: think of a building that expands during the day due to sunlight, and shrinks during the night.

Construction tears due to moving soil

Moving soil due to, for instance, changes in groundwater levels, construction in the area and earthquakes can cause tears to appear in constructions.

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