How do you know if a wall is load bearing?

The Load Bearing Wall

A load bearing wall is one which provides structural support without requiring additional support from other elements such as columns or beams. A load bearing wall is not necessarily reinforced with steel girders and concrete slabs.

In fact, it may be made up of materials such as wood, stone or even brick. Load bearing walls are the main support for the structure’s roof and floor frames. These walls are often thick enough to accommodate electrical wiring, plumbing and HVAC. A load bearing wall should not be confused with a braced wall. A braced wall is an element used in framed construction that is not load bearing but serves to brace a load bearing wall from either side. This helps prevent the wall from spreading and buckling.

How To Check If A Wall Is Load Bearing

There are various factors that you will have to take into account in order to determine if a wall is load bearing or not. Since you failed your engineering classes in college, let me explain.

First, you will have to carefully inspect the wall you suspect is load bearing. A load bearing wall should be very thick, usually 2 feet or more.

It should be made out of masonry, such as brick or stone. Wood or drywall are not common materials for a load bearing wall. If the wall is load bearing, it should be connected to another wall on each side. These connecting walls are also load bearing. You will have to remove these walls if you want a bigger house.

Another way to find out if a wall is load bearing is to slowly start removing parts of it. If you hear the floor or ceiling starting to crack, you know you’ve got yourself a load bearing wall.

However, this is a very tedious process and it may be more expensive to fix the damage you inflicted on your house.

Ripping out load bearing walls is no easy task. Think long and hard before you commit to such a project.

If you decide the wall must go, I suggest you rent a jack hammer and demo bar to break up the walls. With a large enough team, you can pull out the wall board by board. Be sure to dispose of the wood in a landfill, as it is contaminated with asbestos. You may also consider building a addition on your home to accommodate your growing family.

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