The Lowdown on Subsidence

Posted on 22nd March 2019 Under Blog

When the soil that a building has been constructed upon starts to move, it can affect the entire structure and create a serious safety risk. This is known as subsidence and it is imperative that property owners get help from an expert as soon as they spot the signs in order to ensure that the problem can be fixed quickly and cost effectively. Read on as the Rhino Piling team go over everything you need to know about subsidence…

Causes of Subsidence

There are many different things that can cause subsidence to happen, however, the most common reason is due to the soil itself. After all, if there are no foundations in place then a building will always be compromised if the soil it is resting upon shrinks in hot weather due to water loss. In addition to this, subsidence can also be caused by the growth of trees, particularly if the roots are located close to the property. This is because they draw out excess moisture from the soil, leading to soil shrinkage.

Signs of Subsidence

The faster that subsidence is spotted and dealt with, the easier and cheaper it will be to rectify. After all, severe damage can actually put the entire structure of a property at risk of collapsing. Luckily, the signs of subsidence are relatively easy to spot when you know what you are looking for and include diagonal splits in brick walls and plaster, sinking floors, sticking doors and finally, a noticeable lean in a property.

Solution to Subsidence

The first thing a homeowner should do when they suspect that they have a subsidence problem is to get in contact with an industry expert who will be able to diagnose the problem (effectively confirm that it is subsidence) and create a plan in order to fix it as soon as possible. After all, time is of the essence when it comes to subsidence and having foundations or underpinning put in place will help prevent further damage from taking place and the problem from reoccurring.

The signs of serious subsidence are hard to miss and since it can lead to the complete collapse of a building, it is important that high-quality foundations are put in place as quickly as possible. After all, acting quickly will prevent unwanted setbacks or large expenses. Here at Rhino Piling, our team specialise in the installation of high-quality foundations and underpinning in order to rectify the damage caused by subsidence. To find out more information, get in contact with the best piling Manchester has to offer and speak to a member of the team today!