Basement Wall Collapsing

We were called out to inspect a basement wall that had moved and it was in a serious condition making the property a dangerous structure and with a very real possibility of collapsing at some point.

We see different structural issues every day and they come in a wide range of scenarios. Often, they are just a result of where the building has not been maintained or where alterations have been undertaken incorrectly and that has resulted in structural issues.

Our technical surveyor was genuinely alarmed that the wall may fail and the building partially collapse. Our immediate action is to inform the property owner that temporary propping needs to be installed to ensure the property is not going to move or collapse.

The situation was that the 200 year old house had movement to the front basement wall. The wall was being pushed in by the lateral load of the ground outside. When it was initially constructed it was fine, but 200 years later the mortar and brickwork had deteriated and weakened and this had resulted on the wall moving.

Also the loads being imposed on it had increased as there was a road outside and the weight of heavy vehicles including refuse wagons and buses in close proximately had also had a effect on the wall and the lateral loads being applied to it in comparison to horse and carts was many times greater.

Our structural engineers compiled a scheme to rectify and make the building safe. This included temporary propping, dismantling and rebuilding the front basement wall in materials that are capable of withstanding the current loadings.

Our structural engineers and surveyors are waiting to discuss your issues and together we will rectify the structural challenges you are experiencing.

Basement Requires Underpinning

Basement Requires Underpinning

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