We have lived in our detached 4 bedroom house for over 30 years. It was
built in 1969. The house is of standard brick construction with (presumably)
breeze block interior dividing walls. The house is built on firm ground and
there is no evidence of any subsidence.
Now for the problem. Three of the doorframes on the first floor have, over
several years, become distorted to the extent that the doors will not fit
properly. To be specific, one vertical member of each of the frames has
progressively dropped by up to 1cm forcing the frame into a parallelogram
shape. Closer inspection reveals that the floor beneath each of the said
frame verticals has dropped by about the same amount. I believe the floor to
be of standard construction with joists bearing on masonry.
Over the years I have adjusted the doors and hinges so that the doors will
close, and I have assumed that the problem was due to normal settlement.
What has prompted this post is a sudden change of several mm on one of the
frames which makes me wonder if something more sinister is going on.
It would appear that, although there is no ground floor subsidence, there is
an apparent 'subsidence' between the first and ground floors.
I have checked with my buildings insurance and have been told that this kind
of problem is not covered.
My dilemma is whether (a) to get some 'professional' advice? or (b) to
ignore the problem and continue to adjust the doors as required?
Where would you suggest I look for an appropriate 'professional'?
All comments/advice will be read with interest.
- posted 12 years ago