Has Your House Got Cracks?: A Homeowner's Guide to Subsidence and Heave Damage

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Thomas Telford, 2002 - Architecture - 154 pages
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This guide was commissioned by the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Building Research Establishment to provide practical guidance for homeowners whose properties have been affected by subsidence, or heave, or who are concerned by the potential risk of damage.The first, best-selling, edition dealt specifically with the problems associated with properties founded on shrinkable clay soils, and was reprinted many times. The second edition has been expanded to include sections on other types of subsidence and causes of damage that are unrelated to foundation movement.
 

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Contents

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1
INTRODUCTION
7
CAUSES OF CRACKING
14
CAUSES OF SUBSIDENCE AND HEAVE
20
HOW YOUR HOUSE IS BUILT
33
PREVENTING DAMAGE
41
RECOGNISING SUBSIDENCE DAMAGE
48
MAKING A CLAIM
61
MONITORING
83
THE SOLUTION
94
DOES MY HOUSE NEED TO BE UNDERPINNED?
103
DIFFERENT TYPES OF UNDERPINNING
107
HAVING THE WORK DONE
116
WHAT IF THINGS GO WRONG?
124
REFERENCES
141
RELEVANT ORGANISATIONS
148

THE INVESTIGATION
68

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