Many houses, although very well built, settle over the years. This is due to the weather and several other natural and unnatural factors. In the rest of this article, we explain how to prevent your house from settling.
Why do houses subside ?
There are several reasons why a house may collapse. The first and most common factors are natural ones. This is the terrain on which the house was built. When your house is built on soft ground, it is possible that your house will settle after a few years. If your house is close to a watercourse, your house is likely to collapse. After this factor, there is the weather factor. Bad weather such as torrential rains, hurricanes or high winds can also push your house into a rapid subsidence. The next factor that can cause your house to collapse is your location. When your house is located in an urban area, it is possible that your house will crack and even collapse after a few years. This is due to the vibrations caused by transport.
Some tips to prevent your house from settling
The first thing to do to prevent your house from sinking is to call in experts to study the ground surface. They will then be able to tell you whether your house is at high risk of subsidence or not. If the verdict is that your house is at risk of collapsing, you will need to do some reinforcement work to strengthen not only the foundations of your house but also the whole structure of the house itself. You can put in reinforced concrete pillars to keep the slabs suspended. If your house is already settling, more reinforcement work will be needed may be that a large part of your house will have to be reworked in order to make the structure strong.