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Thank you Mike for your kind reply!
As a reference for comparison, here are the extent of cracks in the stucco.
Hello all,

I'm a first-time buyer who just finished my first home inspection with the help of a licensed inspector. I earlier observed a wall crack on the second and the third floor but forgot to mention it to the inspector. When I sent the photo of the wall crack to the inspector today, he said it could be due to an old plumbing leak -- and this explains why the ceiling of the second floor living room (right under the third floor bathroom) was repainted -- the townhouse is less than four years old. We will go back to the house to check again in three days (cannot go earlier due to my work schedule). My inspector is a very good one and I appreciate his work a lot. To just get some peace of mind, can I ask you guys here:

1) Is it possible/common to have a wall crack on the second and third floor due to a plumbing leak in the third floor bathroom? I'm in midwest Canada and people say leaks can be caused by foundation problem as well.
2) Will this crack stay the same or will it get worse in the future?
3) Is this a serious problem, or is it a minor problem? What exactly should I check?

FYI, I have uploaded the picture of the wall crack and the repainted ceiling. Other than these, we observed some cracks in the stucco which was said to be normal here.

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