Most homeowners don't think about subsidence all that often. However, if you have found cracks in the external walls of your property, it could be that you are experiencing subsidence. Don’t ignore it, you must address the matter as soon as possible.
If you have notice that the ground is sinking - this is called a collapse. It can cause cracks in your foundation, walls, and floors. It can also lead to doors and windows that are harder to open and close.
Serous subsidence issues can make it more difficult for you to obtain a mortgage, raise your insurance costs, and decrease the value of your property. But don't freak out – cracks do not always suggest that the structure of your home is weakening. And even if it is, options are still available to address the situation.
What causes subsidence?
There are several reasons why subsidence may occur. One common cause is the shrinkage of clay soils during periods of extreme hot weather. It can cause the ground to settle and your property to sink.
Tree roots are another common cause of subsidence. Tree roots can grow through cracks in your foundation and weaken your home. In some cases, tree roots can even lift the property’s foundation out of the ground.
If you're worried about subsidence, the first step is to contact a structural engineer. A structural engineer can inspect your property and establish the cause of the problem. They can also present you with recommendations for repairing the issue.
Do I Need a Structural Engineer If I Have Subsidence?
You will need the expertise of a professional structural engineer to prepare a report that will determine whether or not subsidence is taking place and the source of the problem. It may need to keep an eye on the damage for an entire year.
The Importance of Addressing Subsidence Quickly
If you suspect your property is suffering from subsidence, it's important to address the matter immediately. The longer you wait to deal with the problem, the worse it will get.
Cracks in your foundation can become larger and more cracks can appear over time. It can weaken your property's structure and make it more susceptible to collapse.
If the cause of subsidence are tree root, they will continue to grow and cause more damage to your property.
Addressing subsidence quickly can help prevent further damage to your home and save you money on repairs. If you're concerned about subsidence, contact our structural engineers today on 020 8088 3834. They can inspect your property and recommend the best course of action.