Red ash removals, Staffordshire, Stoke-0n-Trent and the surrounding areas.
In Staffordshire and the surrounding areas there is a problem with red ash, especially when it comes to mortgages. Some mortgage lenders will require a red ash test to be made. As well as some asking for the removal of it to be carried out before the mortgage is approved. You as a seller could find it difficult to sell if your house has these type of foundations.
Hardcore made up of materials from local mining furnaces, was commonly used as an infill in the foundations of houses built between the 1940’s and 1970’s. Building materials were not easily available at the time and using red ash under the concrete slab of the floor seemed to be an easy, cheap solution. The problem though is that the sulphate in the materials used has a chemical reaction with the concrete when it gets damp. It can pull moisture in, creating a damp problem.
The noticeable results of the reaction between the sulphate and the concrete can at first be the ‘blowing’ of the floor. The floor will crack and bulge. It starts of small, but over time if it is left untreated the bulges and cracks will get bigger. This, in turn, can cause structural issues. Because of this, the removal of the red ash is recommended.
Removing the red ash will make your property structurally better off. It will also make the property more sellable in the future. Furthermore, mortgage companies prefer the property to be clear of red ash.
Our team have experience in removing red ash. To start, the existing floor will need to be excavated. We can do this to a depth where no red ash remains (this can vary from property to property). Our team can then lay a new floor, using high spec materials.
At Un-Block we can offer a high quality, professional service following the up to date building regulations. Please contact us if you would like more information on what we can do to help you.