Structural report on cracking?

Cracking in the walls or floors of a property is usually noticed when it first appears or appears to have worsened.


Cracking in the walls or floors of a property is usually noticed when it first appears or appears to have worsened.

This is the most common cause of concern regarding structural matters for property owners.  It is natural for property owners to be concerned as cracking can be a symptom of foundation problems, but this is by no means always the case.  

The cracking may be due to structural movement that is not associated with the foundations, but instead is a result of structural movement of the beams or floors above ground.  Alternatively, the cracking may be result of movement that is nothing to do with the structure.  A common cause, for example, is thermal movement as buildings expand and contract like everything does when temperatures or moisture levels change.  The minor local movements that occur as a result can lead to cracking.

Cracking in your property or one you are considering buying may be highlighted by you or others as needing advice from a structural engineer.  You may seek our advice for peace of mind on the structural safety of your home or one you may be buying, whilst a mortgage lender may request it to inform their decision whilst an insurance company may need it to chose the cover they offer.  Lastly, possibly you are already making a claim on your building insurance for the cracking and need a structural engineer’s advice to support or accelerate your claim.

Our first task would be to visit site and gather information of the area of concern.  We will also inspect the entire house and surroundings to gain a full understanding of the existing building’s structure and the potential influence of adjacent buildings, trees, drains and ground levels.  Using our experience and analytical expertise, we would consider the evidence we gather from visiting the property then produce a written report.  

The report would comment on the cracking, describing whether it is due to structural movement.  If the cause is structural then we would advise on its severity and explaining why it has occurred and if it is likely to continue.  We would then describe options for how any structural problems can be addressed.  This might involve local repairs, recommendations for further investigations or discussions of more fundamental remedial works such as underpinning.

If you would like to discuss further please feel free to contact us using our email or call us on 0207 965 7376 

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