That sinking feeling
During a recent survey on a 1970s mid-terrace property we discovered that all the internal walls on the first floor were sinking and it was not possible to open or close some of the doors. It became obvious that a poor attempt had been made to cover up the issue and, when asked, the landlord/freeholder stated that they were unaware of the problem.
There are two types of internal wall – load-bearing and non-load-bearing. Load-bearing walls provide separation between rooms but also transfer loads from other parts of the structure, roof and floors down to the foundations, while non-load-bearing walls simply separate one room from another.
When undertaking any conversion within a property it is very important to establish which walls are load bearing and ensure that enough replacement support is provided if and when they are removed. In this instance the sinking was occurring because internal walls on the ground floor had been removed but adequate support had not been introduced, and this is actually quite a common issue in properties that have been modified.
As a leading building surveyor in Cambridge, we check all internal walls to ensure that they are providing sufficient support for the existing structure and make recommendations if load-bearing walls have been removed. To book a thorough building survey, please call Anglian Home Surveyors on 01223 661439 or complete our enquiry form.
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