How to spot signs of subsidence
Subsidence is when the ground underneath your property collapses or sinks further into the ground, damaging the building foundation. When subsidence occurs, it can damage the structure of your home and cause unsightly cracks to appear in the building, weakening the structure.
If you spot signs of subsidence early on and bring in a Barnes construction company, you have a better chance of actioning problem areas to prevent further damage, saving your property from ruin.
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How do I know if my home is at risk of subsidence?
Some homes are more susceptible to subsidence than others. For instance, clay soil is more susceptible to weather changes which can lead to the soil cracking and shifting, causing subsidence. If you have large trees near your home, large roots may cause problems, too. Older homes, including London properties, tend to have much shallower foundations which may make them more susceptible to subsidence. If you’re unsure, consult your local Barnes construction company in SW13.
Our Barnes construction company in SW13 and Barnes have extensive experience working on London construction projects as we have been a Barnes construction company in SW13 for years.
What are the tell-tale signs of subsidence?
If you’re thinking that your home may be suffering from subsidence, it’s likely that you’ve found some unsightly, worrying cracks. When inspecting cracks, you can get a better idea of whether the crack was caused by subsidence by inspecting the crack to see if it is:
- More than 3mm wide
- Varying in width from top to bottom
- Visible on the inside and outside of your home
- Near doors and windows or other openings
Rising damp, signalling that the waterproof membrane in the foundation of your property has been compromised, is another sign of subsidence. Also, if you have any extension on your property, you may find cracks where the extension adjoins the house. If you speak to the Barnes construction company that built your house extension, they may be able to inspect your property for you.
If you’re seeking a Barnes construction company to fix subsidence, our construction company in SW13 regularly works on modern and traditional Barnes construction sites in Barnes London and SW13.
How can I fix subsidence?
First off, you need to contact your insurer who will arrange to have your property surveyed to clarify whether subsidence is affecting your property. Once subsidence has been confirmed (the entire process can take up to a year as your insurance company will evaluate and monitor cracks and movement), you will be able to bring in an experienced Barnes construction company in SW13 to underpin the property and strengthen the foundations to prevent your property moving any further.