Floors not tied into walls
Do I need a structural survey?
This article has been written by a surveyor who has experience in carrying out structural surveys and building surveys together with specific defect reports covering anything from structural problems, to damp problems to thermal efficiency and we also carry out independent valuations.
If you have a property problem we may even already have written an article on it and we would refer you to the many articles we have on our home page 1stAssociated.co.uk. We use independent surveyors who are more than happy to chat. Please Free phone us on 0800 298 5424 and we will talk through your problem and explain the options to you.
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My wall is cracking and it doesn't look straight – what can the problem be?
Is the crack the effect or is it the cause?
When we are carrying out structural surveys or building surveys as they are now known, we often think of the surveys as a 3D puzzle where we have to check everything to ensure that everything is in the right place. It is where elements have been missed or have been amended that problems can occur; this can range from everything from world war damage to extensions and alterations by ‘professional builders', to DIY type alterations.
If a building has been altered it can affect the structural stability of the building. Alterations can range from anything from replacement double glazed windows which don't have the same structural strength as the original windows to the removal of walls internally to make larger rooms without thought and adding in lintels. Sometimes a building can cope with one or two alterations and amendments particularly older buildings, sometimes it can't. It also depends upon the age, type and style of the building. All of these things need to be considered by the surveyor carrying out a structural survey.
Other articles that may be of interest
The following articles give further information related to this topic, but don't forget that we have written articles on many different areas of property:
Bowing wall seen during the structural survey
Walls – a delicate structural balance
Walls on the external of a property are relatively thin and take support and their stability from the corners within the property and also from the way the structure ties the walls together. Key elements that tie a building together include floor joists and roof joists.
Excessive floor deflection
All of these things need to be considered when looking at why walls are bowing or not straight or cracking.
A little knowledge is dangerous
This article has only touched upon the various different possibilities of problems that can occur in properties. As you saw earlier within this article there are many other articles that we have written which we have referred you to. If you are at all concerned please call us on 0800 298 5424.
If you truly do want an independent expert opinion from a building surveyor, we are happy to do valuations, building surveys, structural surveys, structural reports, engineers reports, specific defects reports, home buyers reports or any other property matters. Please contact us on 0 800 298 5424 to have a free of charge friendly chat with one of our surveyors.
We feel our surveys are quite unique, as they are specifically written to your level of knowledge. The surveys include photos and sketches and definitions. The survey will also include an action required section and an estimate of costs in the executive summary. We are more than happy to meet you at the property whilst carrying out the survey to discuss any specific issues you may have or have a general chat about what we have found at the end of the survey.
If you are looking for commercial property, whether it is freehold or leasehold, we would recommend a survey as this will prevent dilapidations claims in the long run. You may wish to look at our Dilapidations Website at www.DilapsHelp.com and for Disputes go to our Disputes Help site www.DisputesHelp.com , both of which we have been advised are very helpful!
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