Outlines the application of technology used in detecting andremedying the problems caused by subsidence and settlement, and theresponsibility placed on surveyors in detecting it. Proposes that aclearly defined serviceability limit would reduce disputes about whetheror not acceptable subsidence or settlement had occurred. Discusses thechanges in definitions brought about through new legislation anddeveloping standards. Explores the main difficulties with subsidence andhighlights subsidence blight. Explains the role of insurance companiesand the changes taking place with insurance premiums, and calls for theimplementation of clear definitions of such things as unacceptablesubsidence, professional negligence and management of subsidence claims.Investigates three stages of remedial works the work necessary tostabilize the foundations and thus prevent future damage the structuralrepair of the building necessary to restore the stability and structuralintegrity and the decorations and finishes. Proposes the need fordeeper foundations for new buildings on shrinkable clay soils andalternatives to underpinning. Suggests changes that could give furtherhelp to the insurer by changing the expectations of the homeowner anddeclares that the problem has been mishandled and misunderstood byinsurers.
Structural Survey – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 1, 1993
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