Subsidence Underpinning For Structural Damage – All You Need to Know
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Subsidence underpinning is a construction task aimed to improve a building’s structural weaknesses by targeting the root of structural issues, the foundations beneath. It is the best solution for properties which have significant structural deficits or have been declared unsafe due to structural weaknesses. Therefore, subsidence underpinning is an ideal way of solving the problems that building subsidence unearths.
In the case of building subsidence, reworking your foundation can prevent the foundation from sinking further into the ground and stop further cracks appearing in and outside your property.
Depending on the level of service you’re looking for, subsidence underpinning comes in many different forms and with varying price tags. Each method can be used with different building types, different materials, and will also depend on the current foundation and its materials. When carrying out underpinning procedures on your property, it is important to note that you may require consent. Especially if foundational work is to be carried out near other properties.
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Your property may need one of many different underpinning techniques to rectify the problem. The decision to choose the correct one will be made by the professionals, so make sure you hire a knowledgeable and experienced team. Here are the most common techniques accompanied by a brief explanation:
- Mass Concrete – concrete boxes are placed strategically at points of weakness. This method is the oldest one and a tried-and-tested solution.
- Beam and Base Underpinning – this method involves a concrete beam being strategically placed in the footings to take the building’s load at its weakest points.
- Mini-Piled Underpinning – this method makes use of steel piles which have been chosen due to their capabilities to work under extreme tension and compression.
- Resin Injection – the final one on our list is a bit different. It involves injecting structural resins into the foundation which expands due to a chemical reaction.
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Unfortunately, many of us do not get a choice to underpin our homes. Underpinning is usually the result of structural events out of our control. What we do have a choice in though, is the ability to choose experienced and trustworthy professionals to take on our subsidence underpinning project and ensure that the property is returned to a safe and livable condition.
If you need a friendly team of engineers around Croydon, Staines, Illford, Uxbridge, Sevenoaks, Kingston, Richmond or other surrounding areas to mastermind your subsidence underpinning task to repair your property, then speak to one of our team members today by telephone, live chat or email using the contact form below.
Our engineers and builders are fully qualified, up to date with the latest techniques and building advancements and have a wealth of experience at these sorts of solutions – all at competitive prices.