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Structural Engineer

Postby vinuela vinny » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:55 am

We are experiencing what appears to be some slight cracking in the walls of two outbuildings, and suspect some ground movement or subsidence, and rather than use the time-old method of masterly inactivity to progress the problem, we would like to take professional advice on our best way forward

In these circumstances, we wonder if anyone could recommend a Structural Engineer who might have skills in this type of problem, please? We would prefer the advice to be in English if possible, so that we can understand the nuances, but appreciate that might not be possible

We are in the campo but close to the A92 some 60km east of Sevilla, but are obviously more than happy to reimburse travelling costs and time

Any recommendations or ideas would be gratefully welcomed

Best Regards to All

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Re: Structural Engineer

Postby country boy » Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:59 am

Vincent,
How old are your buildings? In the Campo if they are "old build" they will crack all the time; they are likely built of stones and in-filled with dirt and cracking is to be expected ans is quite safe.
Not so of course if it's new build.

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Re: Structural Engineer

Postby vinuela vinny » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:12 am

Hi Country Boy

Built around 1989 by the guy we bought it from in 2004, so relatively new in campo terms. It's a stable, and a garage / utility room, so not critical to our future, but we would like to get it solved. We're checking out the Buildings Insurance, but are hopeful rather than certain...... One of the options of course if it is a real problem, might be to demolish and rebuild as accommodation (holidays lets?) on the same footprint. Apologies but I should have mentioned all that earlier......

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Re: Structural Engineer

Postby country boy » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:06 pm

Cracking of rendered walls is very common, especially in these hot climes. One way to get a clue if it's a serious problem is to check inside and outside the building in the same area. If there are no corresponding cracks internally, relax and just keep an eye on it over the years, see if it moves further with time, mostly they do not!
PS. I'm not a structural engineer, just a mechanical engineer who builds houses for a pastime :-)

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Re: Structural Engineer

Postby vinuela vinny » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:42 pm

Thanks country boy, but we're sorry to report that the cracks are inside and outside, in the same areas around one of the doors. We fear the worst, but are still optimists......

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Re: Structural Engineer

Postby El Cid » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:58 pm

Have you talked to your insurance company? If you have something like subsidence, they will obviously want to send someone to look at it.

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Re: Structural Engineer

Postby vinuela vinny » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:11 pm

Hi Sid

We intend to check our policy and talk to the insurers (Linea Directa) on our return to Spain next month, but one of our acquaintances has anecdotally told us that the same insurers rejected a similar claim by him several years ago, as 'an uninsured risk'...... Perhaps due to his claim also being on an outbuilding? We just know yet, but our getting our thoughts organised. We shall see.......

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Re: Structural Engineer

Postby El Cid » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:41 pm

If nothing else, they might be able to give you the name of a structural engineer.

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