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Tackling Subsidence with ABC Anchors Underpinning

Subsidence is a property owner’s nightmare. It’s the gradual sinking or settling of the ground beneath a building, leading to structural damage that can be costly and challenging to repair. Traditional methods of addressing subsidence often involve extensive excavation and disruption, but modern solutions like the ABC Anchors Underpinning offer an efficient and minimally invasive alternative.


Understanding Subsidence

Subsidence occurs when the ground beneath a structure loses its ability to support the weight above, causing the foundation to sink or settle unevenly. This can result from:

  • Soil erosion or compaction.

  • Shrinking or swelling of clay soils due to moisture changes.

  • Decomposition of organic materials in the soil.

  • Poorly compacted fill beneath the foundation.

The consequences of subsidence include cracks in walls, misaligned doors and windows, and in severe cases, structural instability.

The ABC Anchors Underpinning System: A Modern Solution

The ABC Anchors Underpinning System leverages advanced screw piles and underpinning brackets to stabilise and support structures affected by subsidence. This system offers several advantages over traditional underpinning methods:

  • Minimal Excavation: Reduces disruption to the property and surrounding area.

  • Versatile Installation: Can be deployed in confined or difficult-to-access spaces.

  • Handheld Machinery: Allows for the installation in tight spaces where larger equipment can't be used.

Let’s explore how this system works and why it’s a game-changer for tackling subsidence.

How the ABC Anchors System Works

  1. Assessment and Planning:

  • Site Survey: Structural engineers assess the extent of subsidence and identify appropriate locations for screw piles and underpinning brackets.

  • Load Calculations: Engineers determine the load-bearing requirements to ensure that the screw piles can support the structure effectively.

  1. Screw Piles Installation:

  • Screw Piles: Also known as helical piles, these are steel shafts with helical plates that allow them to be screwed into the ground. They provide a deep and stable foundation by reaching load-bearing strata below the affected zone.

  • Handheld Machinery: Screw piles are installed using handheld hydraulic machinery, making it feasible to work in tight or confined spaces like basements or urban environments.

  • Depth and Torque Monitoring: During installation, the depth and torque are monitored to ensure that each pile reaches the desired load-bearing capacity.

  1. Underpinning Brackets:

  • Bracket Installation: Once the screw piles are in place, underpinning brackets are attached to the building’s foundation. These brackets are designed to transfer the structural load from the unstable foundation to the screw piles.

  • Adjustment and Stabilisation: The brackets are adjusted to stabilise the structure, correcting any settlement and restoring structural integrity.

Benefits of the ABC Anchors Underpinning System

  • Efficiency: The system allows for quick installation compared to traditional underpinning methods. Minimal excavation means reduced labour and project timelines.

  • Accessibility: The use of handheld machinery makes it possible to work in areas where larger equipment cannot reach, such as narrow alleys or interior spaces.

  • Environmentally Friendly: By minimising soil disruption and excavation, the system reduces environmental impact and preserves the surrounding landscape.

  • Cost-Effective: Reduced labour and faster installation translate to lower overall costs, making it a cost-effective solution for property owners.

Case Study: Success in Tight Spaces

A recent project in an urban environment demonstrated the effectiveness of the ABC Anchors Underpinning System. A historic building was experiencing subsidence due to the shrinkage of clay soil beneath its foundation. Traditional underpinning methods were not viable due to the building’s proximity to neighbouring structures and limited access for heavy machinery.

The installation team used handheld machinery to install screw piles at strategic locations around the building. The underpinning brackets were then attached, and the structure was gradually stabilised. This approach not only resolved the subsidence issue but also preserved the integrity of the historic site with minimal disruption.

The ABC Anchors Underpinning System offers a revolutionary approach to tackling subsidence. By combining screw piles and underpinning brackets with handheld installation machinery, this system provides a flexible, efficient, and minimally invasive solution for stabilising structures. Whether you’re dealing with a residential home or a historic building in a congested urban area, the ABC Anchors system can provide the stability and peace of mind you need to protect your investment.


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