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Subsidence

Subsidence can be a particularly distressing time for homeowners given the anxiety that it can bring. A home is usually the biggest asset and investment we make. It is important that such issues are dealt with sensitivity and technical competence.

Historically, household insurers would ask for homeowners to appoint a local structural engineer to advise on the nature and cause of crack damage. If subsidence was confirmed as the cause, the structural engineer would be appointed on behalf of the homeowner by the insurance company or Loss Adjuster.
The process currently adopted by many insurance companies is that they appoint Claims Handlers (rarely bona fide Loss Adjusters i.e. independent of insurers) to deal with the claim on behalf of the insurer. Our experience in recent years is that the level of service and technical competency is very varied. Homeowners should be aware that under most building insurance policies they are entitled to appoint a structural engineer or building surveyor to work on their behalf, to provide a technical resolution for the problem. You do not have to accept the services that are imposed by the company appointed by your insurer, regardless of their insistence. These companies are often driven by fixed fee agreements and a process which does not involve thorough investigation of the cause, but a desire to repair at the earliest opportunity.
 
Canham Consulting staff have a vast experience of subsidence, including a significant database of properties previously inspected locally.
 
Many of the staff at Canham Consulting have a Loss Adjuster/Insurance background, enabling us to provide an in-depth service to Homeowners, Insurance Brokers, Insurance Companies, and Loss Adjusters including administration of claims and site supervision
 
We can provide a comprehensive service for all levels of subsidence investigations from a single trial pit investigation to deep boreholes with soils analysis and arboriculture reports.
 
We can be appointed at the initial point at which a household becomes concerned, through to full repair supervision, alternatively, we often act for households where the performance of the insurers and their associated companies is found to be wanting.

 


In addition to the examples above, we consider ourselves adept at challenging projects, and would welcome new and innovative schemes for us to test our skills! Should any of our services be of interest, please contact us via any of the methods available on our Contact Us page.

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Bob Bedford

I'm really pleased with the service Canham Consulting provided. They were very quick to respond to my urgent requirement and delivered to budget. The designs they provided on my extension were second to none and the result wouldn't have been as good if I went elsewhere. Overall they provided a brilliant service and I would happily recommend them to friends.

Annoymous

We have worked with Canham Consulting over the past ten years, their approach to structural problems has been creative and their service prompt and professional.

Much of our work involves contemporary insertions into listed buildings and Canham Consulting are sensitive to traditional structures while being appreciative of a contemporary approach to design.

Canham Consulting offer an approachable service, a dialogue to discuss possibilities to enable concepts to come to fruition stretching the building and structural innovation to deadlines and mindful of client budget.

Stephen Tring
McArthur Tring Architects

We have worked with Canham Consulting for a number of years on a complex scheme, which has thrown up a number of challenges in terms of drainage engineering, flood relief and fuel storage solutions. Our Consultant is contactable, commercial, and realistic and his team have risen to the challenges to produce honest solutions to some difficult problems. We are impressed with the work and with the support that has been given to us as clients and would most definitely be utilising their service again in the future where the need arises.

Ian Culverhouse
Salisbury Gateway

I have used Canham Consulting now on numerous occasions to undertake structural surveys for me in the early stages of my projects. They have always been swift to attend site and have a written report back to me within days and I cannot stress how important this is to me in order to kick start projects. The level of information is exactly what I require, along with exceptional customer service to match. I will continue to work alongside them in the future.

Chris Cheetham
Kew Green Hotels
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