Signs of Structural Damage as the result of Subsidence
Structural damage to your home can occur through subsidence (the gradual caving in or sinking of an area of land) when the foundations begin to sink because the earth beneath them has become unstable.
As far as serious problems a property can suffer, subsidence is one of the most serious. The structural integrity of the building is threatened if the foundation of your home is struggling to support the weight of your house.
Further structural complications can be prevented if you act at the early stages when you first discover the signs of damage.
However, don’t assume the worst. For instance, natural swelling and shrinkage because of humidity, temperature fluctuations and major weather events are far more likely to cause surface cracks.
Types of cracks that may point out structural damage include those that are:
- Near windows or doors.
- Visible outside and inside.
- Where an extension joins the house.
- In exterior brickwork.
- In a chimney.
- Other signs of subsidence-related structural damage include:
- Bowed walls.
- Gaps between walls and floors.
- Nails popping out.
- Wallpaper wrinkling.
- Windows and doors sticking.
- Uneven floors.
- Front landing pulling away.
- Gaps in the exterior of window and door frames.
Getting an Expert Opinion
Unless you’re a structural engineer, the only way to determine whether subsidence is damaging your home is to consult a specialist in foundation and subsidence inspections, like the team at Bohm Industries.
They will carry out a free assessment of your property and advise you on any necessary steps to minimise the progression of structural damage and/or safeguard against problems further down the road.