Stephen Hodge Associates ltd

Disaster Planning & Property Subsidence

 Find support in property subsidence with our expert advice and reports

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What is subsidence?

 

Property subsidence is the downward movement of foundations as a result of a change in the underlying soil conditions. It’s often caused by dehydrated clay soil that shrinks when vegetation has absorbed the moisture from the soil, or there has been a dry spell. Ground movement can often occur causing damage as a result of drainage failure. It can also be due to properties being built on unstable land and where mining has previously taken place.

It often occurs in ‘pockets’ so if your home, or your neighbour’s home has been affected by subsidence, it may not necessarily affect the other properties.

 

How to spot subsidence

 

You’ll need to appoint an experienced Chartered Building Surveyor to determine whether your house is subsiding, but there are a number of things that can indicate an issue:

  • Large diagonal cracks that appear wider at the top
  • Bay windows shifting outwards
  • Rippling wallpaper
  • Doors or windows sticking for no obvious reason
  • A new extension moving away from the main building

How we can help at Stephen Hodge Associates Ltd

 

First of all, we can support you in the initial diagnosis of the cause and determine the extent of the subsidence. We can then compile an initial report and then manage and control appropriate below ground investigations. These may include boreholes, soil testing and analysis to confirm the diagnosis from the initial visual inspection and create the detailed specification for the remedial repair work required.

After liaising with your Insurers, we can prepare contract documents and instruct tried and tested contractors and professionally project manage the restoration and reinstatement. You can appoint us, should you wish, to ensure your property has an effective and efficient solution to the subsidence damage.

Will subsidence be covered by your insurance provider?

 

If your policy states that subsidence and professional fees are included, you should be covered for both the repair costs including site investigations and underpinning where necessary including our fees. In our experience of over 3000 cases, the average cost of a subsidence claim is £40,000.

Fire Restorations

Our aim is to achieve complete restoration and rejuvenation of your property by professionally overseeing the whole fire damage restoration process.

Claims Handling Negotiations

We have over 35 years of experience dealing with property insurance claims with our particular expertise in historic and period property restoration.

Flood Risk Assessment

At Stephen Hodge Associates Ltd we can prepare flood risk assessments for homes and businesses of all sizes. We utilise government data and historical records, as well as using our 30 years of experience.  

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Trusted Property Experts

Please call us on the number below or simply fill in our contact form to make an enquiry and obtain Prompt, Professional, Property Advice

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Telephone: 01993 705765

Fax: 01993 705339

Email: mail@stephenhodge.co.uk

Company No: 05164154

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Stephen Hodge Associates Limited
49b Market Square, Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 6AG

 

Get In Touch

Let's talk about how we can help you

Trusted Property Experts

Please call us on the number below or simply fill in our contact form to make an enquiry and obtain Prompt, Professional, Property Advice

Contact Us

Telephone: 01993 705765

Fax: 01993 705339

Email: mail@stephenhodge.co.uk

Company No: 05164154

Find Us

Stephen Hodge Associates Limited
49b Market Square, Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 6AG

 

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