Building subsidence is a common occurrence after a long period of hot dry weather. This is a result of the ground drying out and some soils will shrink when this happens, especially clay.
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The majority of London is built on what is known as London clay and buildings in areas like this in protracted periods of dry weather will result in building movement or building subsidence when the ground below the foundations, sinks or moves.
In 1976 there was a lot of building subsidence due to the long hot summer then. At Structural Engineering Services, we are approved by many insurance companies to undertake to underpin properties where subsidence or building settlement has occurred.
Our qualified structural engineers assess subsidence in London and the south of England. Underpinning in London is one of the most common areas where we undertake building subsidence issues due to the ground conditions.
We also carry out underpinning in Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.
Underpinning building is a specialist job and at structural repairs, we have many year’s experience in handling building subsidence and have the correct health and safety and insurance to carry out your subsidence works.
When a property owner contacts us with building subsidence or building movement concerns, we have many options as to how to identify the cause. Our qualified structural engineers visit the property and assess the building subsidence or building movement, take into account various factors including the soil conditions, trees in the vicinity etc and will then propose the correct remedial solution.
Options may include a period of monitoring the building subsidence in the first instance to see if the movement is still current. Building monitoring is carried out by place monitoring devices at points on the building and monitoring the movement remotely via the internet. Building subsidence monitoring is extremely accurate and down to 0.1 mm can be recorded.
When it is agreed that the building needs to be underpinned because of building subsidence because the foundation has moved or sunk, our qualified structural engineers will calculate an underpinning scheme that will stabilize the foundations and property. If cracking has occurred to the property due to building subsidence this can be remedied by cracking stitching the building back together. Structural Engineering Services are approved Thor Helical installers and can provide insurance backed guarantees to cover the work.
Sometimes if the movement is excessive, areas of the wall will be removed and rebuilt. This may involve propping of the building to ensure that it is stable during the remedial building subsidence works.
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