Are you concerned about cracking in walls and/or ceilings? While cracking can be associated with subsidence movement of the property or caused by damp and water ingress issues, sometimes cracks can appear in your home for more innocent reasons, such as thermal changes in the building over the seasons.
Have you noticed cracking in walls and ceilings?
If you have concerns about cracking and movement to your property, Philip Goacher Associates will visit to carry out a preliminary visual inspection (PVI) and provide a structural report. During the PVI we will measure cracks; check if walls, window sills and floors are plumb and level; test for damp; inspect roof spaces and chimney breasts; and inspect both the inside and the outside of the property. We will also consider whether the age of the property, drainage, nearby trees or adjacent building works may play a role in the cracking.
Structural reports on cracking
Our structural report will outline the suspected cause of the cracking and we will explain whether these causes are innocent and to be expected (for instance, natural settling of the foundations, drying out of plaster, thermal shrinkage, etc) or whether there is a more serious problem at play, such as subsidence, cracked/deteriorated lintels, damp or poor workmanship.
Our report will also recommend remedial works (if required) such as underpinning, new floor joists, repairs to lintels, Helibar repairs and repointing, etc. If required by our clients we can then go on to act as Contract Administrators and put together a Schedule of Works for the repairs, obtain competitive tenders from trusted building contractors, and monitor the works as they progress to ensure the repairs are satisfactory.
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