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How do I Fix Building Subsidence? – All You Need to Know

So, you have noticed the wider-than-normal diagonal cracks, the crinkled wallpaper, the sticking doors and got the dreaded confirmation from a qualified builder. The verdict is in: you have building subsidence. Now it is time to fix building subsidence and repair its weakening structure, but how? In today’s short post, we will address the ways of rectifying building subsidence to save you the legwork and frantic Google searches.

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But first…What are the consequences if don’t fix building subsidence?

Building subsidence isn’t a bunion on your little pinkie; it needs to be addressed. If you try and forget about your sinking home and hope it will somehow rectify itself in time – a lot of us are guilty of this in other areas – you may cause even more problems. The best way to fix building subsidence is to get an inspection as soon as possible or your home may become unliveable and unsafe; letting things worsen over time may mean having to pay considerably more for a solution. A stitch in time also saves nine when it comes to your building structure! An effective underpinning will ensure you keep yourself, your loved ones, neighbouring properties, and even the general public safe.

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So, what can I do?

The best way to fix building subsidence is through underpinning. This method will usually prevent the issue from arising again. Underpinning is an umbrella term for different ways of strengthening building structure through repairing or remodelling a building’s foundation. The different types of underpinning can be more applicable to different types of properties and their current foundation below. The most popular ones include:

  • Mass concrete method
  • Pile method
  • Mini piled method
  • Beam method

It is best to seek out an experienced and qualified builder to inspect and determine what underpinning method will work best for your property.

We understand all of this can be a little confusing, but we’re here to help!
We have specialists in and around Staines, Croydon, Epsom, Kingston and further to help you fix building subsidence.


What about crack stitching?

After your all your hard work to fix building subsidence, unfortunately, the cracks running through your premises will not automatically rectify just because you have sorted the root of the problem – your foundations – with underpinning. Although, they will not get any worse either. There is, however, something that can be done to also fix unsightly cracks that may have appeared on the inside and outside of the building. This little miracle is known as crack stitching.

Crack stitching will lessen the severity of cracks and improve structural strength. They work by grouting rods across a crack to bind and hold it together. We strongly recommend not jumping to crack stitching and not addressing the core issue, your foundation, first. Doing so will not solve the problem and your structural weaknesses will continue to worsen.

For more information on crack stitching solutions, we are happy to send out a specialist at our earliest convenience and even earlier if you’re located within Camberley, Farnborough, Basingstoke, Hazelmere, Watford, Ilford or any of the surrounding areas.

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Underpinning is a big job that should only be taken on by qualified and experienced professionals. If you have suffered from building subsidence, then get in contact with our experts today by either dropping us an email using the contact form below, through our live chat platform or giving us a call.

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