Differential settlement

  tAtu*! 22:07 06 Sep 2011
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Hi guys

CAn anyone tell me what the difference between differential settlement and subsidence of a property is?

Thanks

  Nontek 22:24 06 Sep 2011
  bremner 22:26 06 Sep 2011
  Forum Editor 23:16 06 Sep 2011

Differential settlement is when one or more parts of a structure settle (move downwards or sideways or both) at different rates and/ or to a different extent.

Subsidence is where the ground beneath a building moves in a downward direction, resulting in settlement of the building (or parts of it). Subsidence can have many causes - mine workings beneath buildings, or clay soil shrinkage being two common ones.

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