Subsidence Repair For Commercial Buildings
Subsidence can cause huge problems to the operation of commercial buildings such as shopping centres and
offices. It is therefore imperative that work is done as quickly as possible to correct subsidence, this
will minimise costs and potential loss of revenue to the owner or occupier.
Signs of Subsidence
Cracked walls are the most common sign of subsidence. These cracks will usually appear in the walls or on
the floors of the building and in most cases they form diagonally. Cracks may appear inside, showing across
plaster work, or they may form outside the building in brickwork. Sinking floors are easier to spot and are
also a sign of subsidence. Look out for uneven floors or the formation of gaps across the skirting boards.
Some other common signs of subsidence include:
• Structural damage
• Gaps between doors and windows
• The structure of the building starts to lean
• Water damage from faulty drains
• Water in the sink flows in the opposite direction
• Fast action is imperative if subsidence is suspected, as the faster that work can be carried
out, the less likely it is to incur significant costs and damage later on
Impact of Subsidence
The most obvious impact of subsidence on a commercial building is damage to property. This damage can incur
massive costs if not resolved quickly. Other implications include the shutting down of operations whilst
work is carried out and damage is repaired. This will impact the revenue of the affected building, and
therefore it is important that work is carried out in a fast and efficient way. The risk to health and
safety posed by subsidence is also of great concern, as this can lead to injuries and have financial
implications due to insurance claims.
Insurance companies will usually cover for subsidence, however it is the responsibility of the owner of the
property to check specific terms and conditions of individual policies, as the costs of insurance claims for
subsidence may be high.
How Can We Help?
SAU specialise in re-levelling and subsidence repair. Using our non-invasive solution, we can repair
commercial buildings with little to no disruption.
Our resin injection method does not require any excavation, therefore the property and its occupants can
operate as usual with no need to vacate. Our use of resin injection replaces the need for costly and
disruptive excavation. Instead, our team of experts use precise surveying technology, as well as precision
drilling, to create small holes in the ground slabs. These holes are then filled with our expanding resin
compound, and the building is lifted back to its original place. Any gaps and cracks in the walls that have
been caused by subsidence will close and the building will return to its original, safe level.