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Structural Movement: Signs and Solutions

Structural movement in a property can be a serious concern for homeowners and potential buyers. Identifying and addressing these issues early is crucial for maintaining the integrity and value of a property.

Signs of Structural Movement

  1. Cracks in Walls and Ceilings: Horizontal, vertical, or diagonal cracks can indicate structural movement.

  2. Uneven Floors: Floors that slope or feel uneven might be a sign of foundation issues.

  3. Sticking Doors and Windows: Difficulty opening or closing doors and windows can be a symptom of shifting structures.

Causes of Structural Movement

  • Subsidence: Soil movement, often due to water content changes, can cause foundations to sink.

  • Heave: Expansion of soil, often from moisture, can push foundations upwards.

  • Settlement: New buildings or extensions settling over time can lead to minor structural shifts.

Solutions and Preventive Measures

  • Professional Assessment: An RICS surveyor can diagnose the extent and cause of structural movement.

  • Foundation Repairs: Techniques like underpinning can stabilize and reinforce foundations.

  • Drainage Improvements: Proper drainage systems can prevent water-related soil movement.

  • Regular Maintenance: Keeping gutters, downpipes, and other structures in good condition can mitigate risks.

Why Choose NIVEK Surveying Services?

At NIVEK Surveying Services, our expert surveyors provide thorough assessments to identify and address structural movement. With our detailed RICS surveys, you gain a clear understanding of any structural issues and how to resolve them, ensuring the stability and safety of your property.

Contact NIVEK Surveying Services today to schedule your RICS survey and safeguard your property investment.

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