2nd July 2018
Was your property built, converted or extended within the last 10 years? Does it suffer from latent defects but benefits from an insurance backed guarantee? If you answered yes then our latent defects claim management experts may be able to help.
Property Defects are insurance and warranty claims specialists offering a full claims management as well as a reinstatement service. If your property suffers from latent defects, subsidence or heave we can manage your insurance or warranty claim on your behalf. Our experienced professionals are here to negotiate on your behalf to ensure that your claim is settled fairly by ensuring you receive all that you are entitled to. With that full entitlement you and property defects can fix confidently repair your property.
Property Defects can help with a wide variety of issues on your property.
Latent Defects are classed as a fault in a property that could not be detected during a thorough inspection. This essentially means underlying structural issues and other issues that cannot be easily physically looked upon.
There are many types of latent defects, including subsidence, damp, drainage failure and heave. These are a result of incorrect craftsmanship, a failure in the building materials used in construction. Building materials such as weak concrete and shallow construction contribute to these defects. These defects can be claimed upon as the details were not disclosed when the property was purchased.
Damp and Drainage
Damp is caused by a variety of factors such as underground drainage systems, malfunctioning plumbing and faulty roofing. Property Defects have experts who specialise in the removal of damp anywhere in your property without causing any structural damage. This is a serious latent defect due to its toxic nature and can result in sickness for those who spend a large amount of time near the damp.
Drainage failure can significantly affect the stability and position of your property. Failure occurs when a drain is incorrectly constructed or an event has caused it to become damaged. Drainage failures leads to water escape causing soil to be washed away underneath the property.
Subsidence and Heave
Subsidence is the shift of a property due to defects in the foundation i.e. shallow foundation or poor construction. Shallow foundations are also a result of older construction dates, foundations used to be constructed to a shorter depth then what is required in modern day construction. Subsidence results in cracks and instability for a property resulting in possible damage to water, electricity and gas mains.
Trees can cause significant subsidence to your property. Tree types such as willows and oak trees have a large root structure meaning they can be more damaging to your property as their roots dig into the foundation of your home.
Heave is the upwards shift of a property due to upward ground momentum. This can occur from wet weather on dirt consisting of a large quantity of clay. This sudden change in foundation location can just like subsidence result in damage to utilities.
For more information on subsidence check out this website.
Where To Find Help
If you are unfortunate enough to have any of these latent defects within your property feel free to contact us for help and advice. We are available to contact 24/7 on 0800 043 4999 or simply visit https://www.propertydefects.co.uk/ to submit a claim. We will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss the damage caused to your property and how we may be able to help.