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CRACKS HAVE APPEARED IN MY HOUSE, HELP!

This guide will take you through everything you need to know about why cracks have appeared in your house.

Why Have Cracks Appeared?

Cracks in your property don’t just appear randomly, the cause for cracks that appear are usually due to subsidence. The width of the cracks, the direction of the cracks and the location of the cracks have meanings.

What Is Subsidence?

The dictonary definition of subsidence is “the gradual caving in or sinking of an area of land.” Throughout different seasons the earths surface moves there, when we have a particularly cold and wet winter the ground becomes placid and soft, then there is a season change and with the very hot summers we have been experiancing in the past few years it dries out the ground quickly.

When the ground dries out it tends to sink, shrink, shift and crack! This can spell disaster for your property as the movement of the ground could make your foundations shift.

Where Do I Start?

The first thing you should do if you find a crack is do a visual inspection of your property to see if you find any more. It’s also good practice to check your doors and windows to see if they have become tighter in their frames, this is also an indication that your property has moved.

Going outside and have a look around at your neighbours properties  to see if they have been effected and also trying to locate any large trees will also help.

What Do I Do After My Inspection?

The next step is to get a surveyors report done on the property, the report will give you a better understanding of the problem and also identify if the movement has stopped or if it will continue. The report will also provide you with the next steps to take, if your problem is small a quick patch job may be appropriate, if your proplem is medium it can possibly be resolved with crack stitching and if your problem is big then your property may need to be underpinned.

What Is Crack Stitching?

This process involves cutting into your properties walls and reinforcing them with special reinforcement bars known as twisted Thor Helical restraint bars.

The bars are placed into the wall and sealed in with a special resin that absorbes the pressure that the movement and helps keep your crack from spreading. This process is normally used for small to medium subsidence issues.

What Is Underpinning?

This process involves digging down to your properties foundations and adding reinforcement to the area that has moved. This won’t necessarly fix the cracks but it will definatly correct the issues that your properties foundation faces and stop the cracks from getting worse.

The cracks are then reinforced and patched up so they are no longer visable. This process is normally used for bad cases of subsidence.

LET US HELP

We offer FREE consultations on any property!

Our structural engineers will be able to provide you with a report in no time so you can get the issue sorted quickly.

CRACKS HAVE APPEARED IN MY HOUSE, HELP!

This guide will take you through everything you need to know about why cracks have appeared in your house.

Why Have Cracks Appeared?

Cracks in your property don’t just appear randomly, the cause for cracks that appear are usually due to subsidence. The width of the cracks, the direction of the cracks and the location of the cracks have meanings.

What Is Subsidence?

The dictonary definition of subsidence is “the gradual caving in or sinking of an area of land.” Throughout different seasons the earths surface moves there, when we have a particularly cold and wet winter the ground becomes placid and soft, then there is a season change and with the very hot summers we have been experiancing in the past few years it dries out the ground quickly.

When the ground dries out it tends to sink, shrink, shift and crack! This can spell disaster for your property as the movement of the ground could make your foundations shift.

Where Do I Start?

The first thing you should do if you find a crack is do a visual inspection of your property to see if you find any more. It’s also good practice to check your doors and windows to see if they have become tighter in their frames, this is also an indication that your property has moved.

Going outside and have a look around at your neighbours properties  to see if they have been effected and also trying to locate any large trees will also help.

What Do I Do After My Inspection?

The next step is to get a surveyors report done on the property, the report will give you a better understanding of the problem and also identify if the movement has stopped or if it will continue. The report will also provide you with the next steps to take, if your problem is small a quick patch job may be appropriate, if your proplem is medium it can possibly be resolved with crack stitching and if your problem is big then your property may need to be underpinned.

What Is Crack Stitching?

This process involves cutting into your properties walls and reinforcing them with special reinforcement bars known as twisted Thor Helical restraint bars.

The bars are placed into the wall and sealed in with a special resin that absorbes the pressure that the movement and helps keep your crack from spreading. This process is normally used for small to medium subsidence issues.

What Is Underpinning?

This process involves digging down to your properties foundations and adding reinforcement to the area that has moved. This won’t necessarly fix the cracks but it will definatly correct the issues that your properties foundation faces and stop the cracks from getting worse.

The cracks are then reinforced and patched up so they are no longer visable. This process is normally used for bad cases of subsidence.

LET US HELP

We offer FREE consultations on any property!

Our structural engineers will be able to provide you with a report in no time so you can get the issue sorted quickly.