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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.

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

Very helpful from pre-purchase throughout building/contract management.  Sound advice and good helpful communication.

Already recommended to friends. Many thanks.

Ms Payne

I have been working on J Breheny Contractors Environment Agency South East Minor Works Framework for the past four years, and in that time the parameters of the framework have changed from having fully client designed schemes to being contractor design and build projects.

In order to respond to this change we approached Rob Panter and his team to bolster our in house resources. We found they were very willing to provide the service we require in order for us to fulfil our commitments of the framework.

We have found the service provided of the highest standards which meet the requirements of us as a contractor, and an end client that demands high standards.

Canham Consulting have always provided us with the information and documentation we require on time, which sometimes require them to work to tight deadlines.

We have always found Rob and the team to be very user friendly and look forward to a good future working relationship between our two companies.

Jamie Savage (Senior Estimator)
J Breheny Contractors Ltd

I am a sole practitioner architect in Norwich with over thirty years experience, the last fifteen of which have been spent running my own Practice, with a speciality in historic building work.

I have worked with Canham Consulting regularly over the last twenty years and they now provide structural advice on all my projects. During this time they have always provided an excellent engineering consultancy service. I have worked with various members of their team, and the service I have received has been and is exemplary. The scale of my work is relatively small, but they have always responded quickly and have the ability to contribute positively to a design at all stages. In addition they have always been a pleasure to work with and their friendly approach runs right through the Practice

David Aldridge (Principal)
David Aldridge Architecture Limited

At first we wondered why we needed the services of Canham Consulting to oversee our rebuild but very quickly we realised how much pressure and worry they took away from us. To have builders, contractors, electricians, plumbers etc, etc, managed in a professional manner, making sure that jobs were completed how WE wanted them doing and at the same time keeping a check on all the costings was such a huge relief.

Professional company who take care to look after their client’s interests. Well worth their fee.

Nigel Bradley (Proprietor)
The Marsham Arms Coaching Inn

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