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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.

Thanks again for the in-depth report. Will certainly recommend Canham Consulting. Very please with the service and your quick turn around.

Aaron Buckie

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 Canhams are sensitive to traditional structures while being appreciative of a contemporary approach to design.

Canhams 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

Read Brothers Limited has dealt with Canham Consulting for several years now because of the service they give.

When our customers have design issues that require a structural engineer, we always recommend Canham Consulting.

We have used Canham Consulting to design a scheme for our new factory.

Read Brothers Limited

Having worked in partnership with Canham Consulting over the past ten years on many varied projects we have found the company and their staff members to be trustworthy and helpful and would not hesitate to recommend them to any potential enquirer. Canham Consulting have become our preferred choice of Structural and Civil Engineers.

Ian Mutton (Managing Director)
SMG Architects Ltd

Canham Consulting really understood our needs as a client, and the constraints and challenges of the project. They brought a wealth of knowledge and experience with them, consistently offered valued and well-considered advice. They were always prepared to go the extra mile to find workable solutions to inevitable problems. It was a joy to work with the team.

Adri van der Colff
East Coast College
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