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Is My Conservatory Subsiding? 6 Crucial Signs To Spot

is my conservatory subsiding

Subsidence is considered to be the geohazard in Britain that is the most damaging and is believed to affect one in every five properties in England and Wales. The problem has cost the UK billions, but it can affect homeowners much more than just financially.

Signs of subsidence can turn away home buyers, it can destroy parts of a property and of course, result in hundreds or thousands of pounds in repairs. 

If you believe that any part of your home is suffering from the serious problem of subsidence, then identifying the issue and getting the problem professionally repaired is of the utmost importance.

If you find yourself asking, ‘is my conservatory subsiding?’, then we have you covered with the 6 signs that will help you to identify if subsidence is the cause of your conservatory problems. 

Conservatories: 6 Crucial Signs of Subsidence

Subsidence doesn’t always look the same, so you may only find that a handful of the common signs are applicable. Even if your conservatory is showing none of main signs but you still feel that the conservatory has a subsidence problem, it’s worth calling in the experts. 

Here are six signs that you should watch out for: 

1)    Existing cracks in the wall are starting to get much bigger.

2)    New cracks are appearing on the walls or floors of your conservatory, especially where the conservatory is connected to the house. These cracks are commonly:

•    Diagonal
•    Near property weak points (windows and doors)
•    Over 3mm thick

3)    The conservatory is visibly starting to lean or move away from the main structure of your home.

4)    The door to your conservatory and the windows are becoming difficult to open and close.

5)    The wallpaper in your conservatory is starting to ripple or crinkle even though it isn’t currently damp or been exposed to excess moisture recently.

6)    The floor in your conservatory is no longer flat and there is a visible slope. 

is my conservatory subsiding

If the foundations of a conservatory are shallow or not built from suitable materials, then they are very prone to subsidence problems, both minor and major. While the foundations may support the structure, they aren’t going to be able to cope with all ground problems and the results could be very serious

5 Key Causes of Subsidence in Conservatories

Some properties are more prone to subsidence problems than others, with a lot depending on the property and where it is constructed. Minor or major subsidence in properties can be triggered by many factors, including:

•    Large trees
•    Shrinking soil
•    Soil erosion
•    Poor ground
•    Excess moisture in the ground

For conservatories, a common cause of subsidence is poor workmanship. As a conservatory is not considered to be a particularly heavy structure, the foundations for the conservatory are often built to be very shallow – which can be very problematic. 

If the foundations of a conservatory are shallow or not built from suitable materials, then they are very prone to subsidence problems, both minor and major. While the foundations may support the structure, they aren’t going to be able to cope with all ground problems and the results could be very serious.

is my conservatory subsiding

At Home Logic, we make sure that everything about our conservatories is excellent, from the components that you see to the ones that keep your conservatory standing strong!

Getting Your Conservatory Inspected: The Process

If you’ve noticed any of the subsidence signs or you suspect that your conservatory has been constructed with poor or unsuitable foundations, then calling out a professional inspector should be your first point of call. 

By taking care of the problem quickly and having the necessary repairs undertaken, you may be able to save yourself a considerable sum of money that may otherwise be required to repair much more serious issues. 

Once you’ve had the problems repaired, you can look at restoring your existing conservatory or installing a new conservatory, this time with the issue of subsidence in mind. 

Installing a New Conservatory: Final Thoughts

The last thing that you want after having to deal with subsidence issues once is to have to go through them again with your new or restored conservatory. 

At Home Logic, we make sure that everything about our conservatories is excellent, from the components that you see to the ones that keep your conservatory standing strong. 

Whether you need changes made to your existing conservatory, like a new roof, or an entirely new conservatory, our team are on hand to help. 

For a conservatory that is designed to be enjoyed, not leave you with serious problems to deal with, give us a call today on 0800 1700 636, or submit an enquiry through our website by clicking the button below!