A question of subsidence
Chartered Surveyor John Conlin advises against jumping to conclusions.
Are you suffering from subsidence?
A zig zag crack has appeared in the brickwork between the arch over our porch and the window above.
Is this subsidence and will we need underpinning?
How to spot the signs of subsidence
Never jump to conclusions. Too many houses are unnecessarily underpinned and suffer a reduction in value as a result.
No proper diagnosis can be made without detailed professional monitoring over a full cycle of seasons.
Don’t rely on the opinion of an underpinning contractor – that is like asking a fox to count the chickens. Seek a chartered building surveyor or structural engineer.
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