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Between 2016/17, 184,000 homes were built in England.1 During this time, hundreds of homes and buildings across Britain were severely damaged, following extreme weather conditions including heatwaves, flash floods and sub-zero temperatures.

Ever get that sinking feeling? You could be dealing with a case of subsidence. Affecting a buildings foundations and footings, it occurs in response to changes in the ground or the movement of soil.

Cracks in walls, close to doorways and windows, and sloping or sinking floors are often early indicators that a building has foundation problems that could be the result of subsidence. This can happen for many reasons, including neighbouring construction affecting a building’s integrity or when soil becomes too wet or too dry, which will affect the foundation structure.

Cracks in walls, close to doorways and windows, and sloping or sinking floors are often early indicators that a building has foundation problems that could be the result of subsidence. This can happen for many reasons, including neighbouring construction affecting a building’s integrity or when soil becomes too wet or too dry, which will affect the foundation structure.

Mainmark’s UK team has done a great job remediating this London home suffering significant cracking due to subsidence. Thanks to renowned property expert and TV presenter Sarah Beeny for filming and sharing this project.

As most property developers will know, fixing subsidence issues was historically considered both challenging and costly. This is why those involved in property development are careful when taking on a property that is showing the common signs of subsidence including cracked walls and uneven floors.

Mainmark gives advice to estate agents and landlords about why building foundations sink and the advanced repair solutions now available.

Cracking walls and uneven floors are usually symptoms of a deeper problem. Many structural issues are the result of unstable ground or subsidence, so understanding what’s happening in the ground will help to identify the cause of any structural issues that are happening to the building itself. Different soil types in particular give rise to different problems and require different solutions.

Mainmark gives advice about why building foundations sink and the advanced repair solutions now available.

Between 2016/17, 184,000 homes were built in England. During this time, hundreds of homes and buildings across Britain were severely damaged, following extreme weather conditions including heatwaves, flash floods and sub-zero temperatures. According to conservation charity, WWF, the impact of such conditions is estimated to have cost the British economy tens of billions of pounds; this could increase even more by 2050, particularly if buildings continue to be constructed on flood plains.

Historically, fixing structural issues for any building was considered both challenging and costly, however, for large commercial buildings including warehouses, factories, business complexes and retail parks, discovering structural issues can be even more disruptive. Due to the sheer size of these industrial buildings and the affect structural issues can have on a business residing in the property, it’s vital facility managers, insurance professionals and property owners understand the advanced solutions available.

Ground engineering expert Mainmark is urging owners to check the structure of their buildings for signs of subsidence following the recent weather conditions, and recommending they research the advanced solutions now available for structural remediation work.