What Happens if you Don’t Treat Subsidence?

Many homeowners dread subsidence issues. They can be both worrying and financially draining. Untreated subsidence can quickly evolve into more significant structural damage that risks the safety of your home and your family.

The fear surrounding subsidence problems is that it is seen as something that will not get better on its own. Without effective intervention, subsidence will continue to cause damage to your home.

Subsidence occurs when the ground beneath your home starts to shift or collapse, causing the foundations to sink or move. Often, subsidence starts as minor cosmetic damage to your interior design but it can escalate to major structural failures.

You shouldn’t ignore the early warning signs of subsidence. Be proactive in your approach to fix the problem. In this post, we examine how to spot subsidence, the consequences of not treating this structural issue, and how much it typically costs to fix subsidence.

At Subsidence Ltd, we specialise in an innovative and less invasive solution to house subsidence problems called resin injection. This method is the preferred choice for many homeowners and it offers several benefits over traditional underpinning.

A specially formulated resin is injected into the soil beneath your home and immediately starts to stabilise the foundations. It’s a quick fix that’s also a durable and long-lasting solution to subsidence.

What Does Subsidence Look Like?

Subsidence can manifest in various ways, and there are some common signs to look for. Most properties that have suffered from subsidence will have the same early signs. Recognising these can be key in addressing subsidence before it causes significant damage.

One of the most visible signs of subsidence is the cracks in the walls. While small, hairline cracks are relatively common in homes, large cracks can be a cause for concern.

They are often a clear sign that the structural integrity of the building is compromised by the ground shifting beneath the foundations. However, not all cracks are caused by subsidence. Some may be due to things like changes in temperature and humidity.

Subsidence cracks are typically diagonal cracks that are wider at the top than the bottom. They can also zigzag and have branching formations. Typically, if cracks are about the thickness of a 10p coin, they are cause for concern.

Problems with doors, windows and floors

If you notice your windows and doors have become more difficult to open or close, this could be a sign of subsidence. As your home’s foundation shifts, door and window frames can become distorted. This is not only inconvenient but also indicates bigger structural issues.

Uneven floors are another indicator of potential subsidence. If you notice that dropped items naturally roll in one direction, it suggests that your home’s foundation might be sinking.

Certain areas in the UK are more prone to house subsidence than others. This could be due to clay-rich soils which are sensitive to changing moisture levels or gravel soils that are susceptible to being washed away by water, for example.

It isn’t uncommon for properties in London to experience subsidence issues and at Subsidence Ltd, we have a comprehensive list of UK postcodes that are well-known for suffering from subsidence.

Understanding regional risks can help you take preventive measures and staying vigilant for common symptoms can help you address subsidence before problems escalate.

The British Geological Survey contains a useful dataset which shows areas in the UK projected to experience the largest increases in subsidence over the next 100 years.

Does Subsidence Stop on its Own?

It can be easy to overlook the early signs of subsidence, assuming the problem won’t get worse or it will even rectify itself. However, subsidence is unlikely to stop on its own and it typically gets worse over time if it’s not properly addressed by experts.

The continued movement of the ground beneath your home can lead to severe structural damage, making it unsafe for your family to live in and eventually uninhabitable. This can have a huge impact on the overall value of your property, not to mention its desirability.

In addition to causing extensive structural damage, there are several risks associated with ignoring subsidence. Small subsidence issues can spiral into more complex problems that demand extensive repairs.

For example, your plumbing and electrics may be disrupted, and you may notice problems with various aspects of your home. Ultimately, the cost of repairs quickly escalates as the damage becomes more widespread. It’s therefore essential to contact experts for professional evaluation and intervention.

The effect of subsidence on home resale value

It’s worth noting that subsidence can affect your ability to sell your home or secure building insurance. Many people will conduct building surveys before buying a property and subsidence is likely to be highlighted by surveyors, putting them off wanting to go ahead.

Some mortgage companies are wary of properties with unresolved subsidence issues. Typically, home insurance companies will increase premiums or exclude subsidence damage if it’s not properly addressed.

Taking proactive steps to fix subsidence when you first notice the signs mentioned above not only ensures the safety of your home, but helps maintain the value. Waiting for subsidence to “fix itself” can result in a costly and disruptive repair process.

Instead, early-stage interventions like resin injections can secure your home and it’s a much more cost-effective solution to your subsidence problems.

How Much Will It Cost to Fix Subsidence Cracks?

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to treating subsidence and every home is different. Factors such as the type of soil, the weight of the building and the extent of the damage will impact how much it costs to fix subsidence issues.

However, at Subsidence Ltd, we offer solutions that are significantly more affordable than traditional underpinning methods and our transparent pricing ensures there are no hidden costs.

Traditionally, underpinning involves excavating in small sections and using concrete to reinforce the foundations of a property. It is expensive, can take weeks to complete and can cause significant disruption to your day-to-day life.

Modern solutions like resin injections offer a straightforward, budget-friendly and less invasive. They can deliver the same reliable results in much less time.

Resin Injections

Resin injections are particularly effective because they adapt to the specific needs of the soil and structure. The offer a customised solution that traditional methods can’t match. The resin is injected through tiny 16mm holes in the affected areas and it expands to fill voids, stabilising the foundations and providing lasting results.

By choosing resin injections from Subsidence Ltd, you can save money on repairs throughout your home. You can also reduce the likelihood of future subsidence issues, keeping your foundations stable and safe.

What Subsidence Ltd offers

We treat each property on a case-by-case basis to ensure we’re delivering the best results for our customers. Our process typically involves;

  • Detailed Assessment – Every project starts with an assessment of your property to determine the most effective treatment plan for addressing subsidence. This ensures the specific needs and conditions of your home are fully considered before any action is taken. We will use things like laser-level systems to support this process.
  • Prepare the Property – The preparation stage is crucially important. It involves things like locating and exposing below ground services to ensure they aren’t damaged during the project. Drilling a series of holes in predesignated areas and inserting rods to required depths is also essential before any resin injections can take place.
  • Injection of Resin – After preparing the site, we inject our resin directly into the holes to repair, strengthen and compress the soil below the foundations. If required, the resin can also lift the entire structure. In many cases, our team won’t need to enter your home throughout this process and it won’t have an impact on your daily routine.
  • Rapid Hardening – The cutting-edge resin material is designed to harden instantly and stabilise the foundation immediately, providing a swift solution for subsidence. Within minutes, the resin is 90% set and you may start noticing improvements in cracks and door frames soon after treatment.
  • Tidying Up – After every project, our team will tidy up and return your property to the condition it was before work started. We are passionate about exceeding customer expectations and this is a key part of the process.

Subsidence Cost Calculator

Since there are so many different factors that can impact how much it costs to fix subsidence issues, we recommend homeowners get in touch with us for a tailored quote. You can complete the short form on our website and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Our convenient cost calculator will help you understand the potential costs involved. We can assure you that our prices will be significantly cheaper than underpinning.

Contact Subsidence Ltd – Subsidence Experts in the UK

With over 16 years of direct experience in underpinning and resin injections, we pride ourselves on being the go-to company for subsidence issues across the UK. We cover all areas in London.

With the help of modern resin injectors, we can re-level and re-support your property in as little as a day. You won’t need planning permission to carry out the project.

If you’ve noticed any of the common signs of subsidence, don’t wait for the problem to get worse. Contact our team at Subsidence Ltd today to schedule a consultation. Our experts will help you understand your options and work with you to protect your home against further damage.

Complete our online contact form or call us directly on 0333 1300592.

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