Subsidence Repair: Underpinning Cost compared to Resin Injection

Have you been looking for underpinning cost quotes for subsidence issues? Are you worried about the costs of underpinning? Have you thought about an eco friendly and faster alternative such as resin injection. Resin injection is a non-invasive and cost-effective method that can be used to strengthen the ground beneath a foundation, preventing further subsidence. Resin injection costs can often be cheaper than underpinning.

Resin injection was first introduced in the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. It was initially used to repair subsidence caused by clay shrinkage, but it has since been used to repair subsidence caused by a variety of other factors, including tree root damage, leaking pipes, mining activity, and ground instability.

How long do resin injections last?

The short answer: Years. It depends on the severity of subsidence, but resin injection can last for decades.

Instead of looking for an underpinning cost calculator, visit our resin injection cost calculator page to get a rough estimate of how much resin injection would cost.

Subsidence Repairs UK

Our company is a leading expert in subsidence repairs and remedies throughout the UK. Call today for advice on 0333 1300592, we are open 7 days to help from 8am to 8pm. Book an on-site assesment throughout the UK nationwide, our engineers will inspect your property at no charge. We offer discounts in cases where several homes are affected with ground shifting in the same postcode area.

The strength of the foundations that any home is built upon plays a pivotal role in ensuring the property’s stability, longevity, and safety. When subsidence occurs, this can jeopardise the foundations, causing the property to gradually collapse. To avoid this, you must spot the early warning signs. By doing so, you could save yourself an extensive and costly repair.

How To Spot Signs of Subsidence

Below we have put together a list of the five most common signs that your house is subsiding. Want to send a message online? We’d love to hear from you, so send us your postcode via our online contact form.

1. Cracking of Walls/Ceilings

As we discussed in our previous blogs, the most common indicator of subsidence are large, noticeable cracks in walls and ceilings. We’re not talking about small, hairline cracks that most properties experience over time, but large, suddenly appearing cracks are certainly a cause for concern. Look out for the following:

– Cracks wider than 3mm

– Cracks that expand rapidly

– Cracks that are wider at one end and narrower at the other

Not all cracks are superficial. In fact, the depth and severity of a crack can be a clear indicator of subsidence. With that in mind, cracks that penetrate through the wall and not just through the surface should be examined in the same nature. Similarly, “zig-zag” cracks running along the mortar between bricks are often considered subsidence.

How are the cracks positioned in doors and windows?

Not only should you look out for the above, but also how the cracks are positioned. The location and direction of how the cracks are displayed can speak volumes. For instance, cracks appearing from windows or door frames, suggest they’re under stress. As mentioned above, diagonal cracks, typically wider at the top than the bottom, also indicate downward movement. These are extremely common indicators of subsidence.

2. Sticking Doors and Windows – How wide are the cracks?

If you struggle to open and close doors or find that windows are not shutting properly, these could be signs of subsidence. If your doors and windows feel compromised when opening and closing them, there’s a very good chance it’s not a mere joinery issue. Instead, subsidence can distort frames, which in turn can compromise the safety of your home.

3. Bulging Walls

A lesser known sign of subsidence is bulging walls. While this happens in more advanced cases, subsidence can cause walls to become misaligned and bulge. The best way to determine whether or not this is taking effect in your home is to use a spirit level.

If you notice that the walls in your home are bulging, it is important to have the problem inspected by a qualified surveyor. Bulging walls can be a sign of serious subsidence, and it is important to address the problem as soon as possible.

4. Sinking Floors

If you aren’t familiar with how subsidence works, it affects the earth surrounding the foundations of a building. This ground is what a building relies on for stability, and when dried out, it can begin to shift. Once this happens, the base of the property may begin to sink. If you notice uneven flooring or sinking in or around your home, now is the time to seek a professional opinion.

5. Skirting Boards Separating From Walls

Last but not least, we have skirting boards separating from the walls. If there are significant gaps between your skirting boards, this could also be a result of the ground shifting, therefore causing the floor to sink and detach from the skirting boards.

Residential property owners – What can I do to repair my home?

it’s important to know how to respond if you suspect your home may be affected. Here are the steps we recommend if you notice initial indications of possible subsidence:

Document the Subsistence Damage Thoroughly

Take clear, well-lit photographs of any cracks or structural damage you find. Capture images from multiple angles and include a point of reference for scale when possible. Detailed documentation provides useful diagnostic information and evidence for insurance claims if needed.

Limit Excess Moisture Around the Home

Take actions to reduce excessive water around the foundation and under the house. Repair any leaky plumbing or water lines in or near the structure. Improve drainage and grading to divert rainwater runoff away from the home. Reducing excess moisture can help stabilise subsidence.

Consult Subsidence Surveyors for a Free Assessment

Seek professional guidance before assuming subsidence is the definite cause. A qualified geotechnical engineer can perform comprehensive site testing and analysis to accurately diagnose the issue and determine if subsidence is occurring. This may involve soil sampling, ground monitoring, and structural evaluations.

Leverage Advanced Diagnostic Technology

Specialised tools like ground radar or probe tests can detect foundational movement not visible to the naked eye. Professional engineering firms have access to these technologies to thoroughly evaluate subsidence severity and pinpoint affected areas.

Obtain a Stabilisation Plan for Remediation

With an accurate understanding of the subsidence through expert assessment, specialised solutions can be implemented to halt and correct structural movement. This tailored approach stabilises the underlying soil and provides long-term remediation.

At Subsidence Ltd, we are committed to helping our customers combat subsidence at any stage. Our experienced team is dedicated to assisting homeowners to identify and rectify subsidence issues using an innovative resin solution that is quick acting and allows you to continue your day-to-day as we carry out the treatment.

Get In Touch With Subsidence Ltd Today

At Subsidence Ltd, we tailor our subsidence repair solutions to each individual customer. We understand that each home is unique, and therefore, each case of subsidence is, too. But, no matter the stage of the problem, we can utilise our cutting-edge eco-friendly resin injections to rectify the existing damage and ensure that further implications are prevented.

Subsidence, though daunting, can be repaired on your property. Get in touch with our helpful team today to discuss what happens if your house is subsiding via phone at 0333 1300592 or by completing our online enquiry form.

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