Underground ground conditions & subsidence – the underlying causes of structural issues
Cracking walls and uneven floors are often symptoms of a structural issue caused by unstable ground conditions or subsidence. To fix these problems, it’s important to understand not only the structural effects on the property but also what is happening in the ground. Poor understanding of an area’s soil condition can have significant repercussions for
Introducing Angelina Varchione, Technical Sales Engineer at Mainmark
This International Women’s Day we want to celebrate the diverse talent and expertise of our team at Mainmark by introducing one of our Technical Sales Engineers, Angelina Varchione, BEng (Hons). At Mainmark, we have an incredible team of experienced professionals, and we pride ourselves on recognising talent and potential. Angelina is a great example of
Can removing a tree cause foundation problems and which trees can damage foundations?
There is no denying that trees are a beneficial asset to the environment, our lifestyle and are a symbol of a healthy landscape. They create shade and privacy, contribute to better air quality, provide habitats for wildlife, and help to reduce salinity and soil erosion. However, without proper consideration and monitoring, trees can also impact
How to build homes that stand the test of time
In 2015 the Government set out with the ambition to deliver one million ‘net additions’ to the housing stock by 2020, which included conversions and changes of use. Property developers had two clear options: build more housing or renovate and convert existing buildings. In January 2021, official estimates suggested that, in order to meet demand
Introducing Mark Mc Donagh, Operations Manager, Mainmark UK
Mark joined Mainmark New Zealand in 2011 and has worked on a wide range of exciting projects, including one of our biggest projects to date at the Christchurch Art Gallery, following the devastating earthquake in 2010 and 2011. Like many employees, Mark has had the opportunity to work for Mainmark in its operations across the
Maintaining a Heritage Site
Victor Chirilas, Director of Mainmark Ground Engineering, UK discusses subsidence in heritage buildings and when to seek professional help. Buildings that have stood for hundreds of years have their own cultural and historical significance, but methods and the materials used in their original construction don’t always stand the test of time and issues of subsidence
How can industry move towards a greener way of working?
Mainmark’s Technical Sales Engineer, David Hedley BEng (Hons), discusses the key issues currently facing the UK building, construction and infrastructure industries. The construction industry is known for its heavy use of natural resources, which is often an unavoidable part of the process. However, as the UK Government becomes more conscious of climate change and its
Introducing Victor Chirilas, Director, Mainmark UK
At Mainmark, one of our biggest strengths is our incredible team of experienced professionals. We pride ourselves on recognising staff potential and promoting from within where possible. Victor Chirilas, one of the directors of our UK division, is a great example of this. Victor joined Mainmark as a Technician in Australia 11 years ago, during
Introducing David Hedley, Mainmark’s B2B Technical Sales Engineer
Mainmark always believes in developing the potential it has within the business and has promoted from within where possible, recognising growing talent and previous performance. As an illustration of this, we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce David Hedley, as he moves into his new role of Technical Sales Engineer. With over 10 years
Issues Facing the UK’s Road and Infrastructure Networks
The UK’s road and infrastructure network is in constant need of upkeep and traditional remediation methods are often too slow to keep our networks running in a timely, cost-efficient manner. This ultimately leads to much public frustration and loss of confidence in our Government’s ability to, quite literally, take us where we want to go.
Collaborating with trades to remediate properties
Cracked walls, uneven floors, footpaths, driveways, jammed windows and unaligned doors can all be signs of potential problems with foundation ground. Homeowners who spot these problems around their home often start by calling upon tradespeople to help restore their home to its original condition. However, as these issues often require a more technical engineered solution,
The application of JOG Computer-Controlled Grouting
Mainmark’s JOG Computer-Controlled Grouting is a unique, award-winning multi-point cementitious grouting process which is used to lift structures and achieve level correction. This process is scalable and allows for structures of all sizes to be raised and re-levelled effectively, capable of lifts in excess of one metre. Developed utilising over 25 years of global experience,
The importance of being able to lift a building, and how it’s done
Subsidence compromises the integrity of a building. While concrete underpinning and ground improvement can help to slow or stop a building from subsiding further, sometimes this is not enough. In warehouse and manufacturing environments for example, it is crucial that a building is level and stable to ensure the safety of the facility. Therefore, raising
Wall cracks in your home – 3 signs to look out for and how to address them
Wall cracks are common in UK houses. In most cases they are not necessarily a reason for concern, but some cracks can indicate more significant issues. When identifying the cause, seriousness and possible solutions for cracks in a home, the type, size and location are critical. If the underlying cause of problematic wall cracks isn’t
Injecting new life into ground improvement
Most subsidence issues in the UK are created by unstable ground, often caused by extreme weather conditions such as hot, dry summers and heavy rainfall or flooding. Other factors such as leaking pipes, vegetation with invasive roots, loosely packed soils or old landfill sites, excavation work and inferior concrete foundations can also be sources of subsidence.
How non-invasive solutions gave an international courier’s warehouse an extensive foundation lift
Sinking Feeling An international courier was faced with a subsidence problem at its warehouse facility in Northamptonshire. The warehouse’s office building (20m x 15m) had sunk by 70mm due to subsidence and was causing safety risks and operational issues. The ground needed to be strengthened and the building raised and re-levelled to ensure the business