CONCERNED OR CONFUSED ABOUT CRACKS & DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME?

Understand exactly where, when and how much your home is moving with SLABsense smart sensor technology!

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  • Understand

    Determine exactly how, when & where your home is moving.

  • Detect

    Identify and fix issues before they cause major damage.

  • Validate

    Confirm movement has stabilised before starting cosmetic repairs.

  • Collaborate

    Share data with your builder, insurance company, engineer or trades.

  • Decide

    Make more informed decisions with daily movement & rainfall data.

  • Thankful is the best way I can describe coming across SLABsense.

    The accurate data from the many level sensors around our house has been invaluable. It's given us a much better idea of what is moving and why.

    I'm still going to need to fix this place, but now the work will be much cheaper and targeted thanks to the real world information we now have. This data also helped us make cheap changes that have made a big improvement to the house.

  • If you’re reading this comment you're obviously concerned with movement at your property, and you've come to the right place!

    I hired Rob and his team at SLABsense after purchasing an older home with signs of movement in the brickwork.

    We monitored the home for 6 months and the preciseness of their product is amazing, even to the point that when I was having some landscaping done and watered my new lawn, the sensors alerted me the soil was absorbing water and lifting the corner of my house. A couple weeks after drying out and the sensors showed the house settling back down.

    Very impressed. 10/10.

  • Smart Sensors

    Our patent pending, AI driven level sensors provide DAILY, fully automated monitoring of vertical movement at up to 30 points around a home. They are deliberately discrete and wake for just 20 seconds to take a measurement while you sleep. 

  • Floor Level Surveys

    Although not great for 'monitoring', manual floor level surveys are great for measuring and benchmarking your home's current levels & to identify areas of concern. This is especially important to do ASAP for new 'at risk' homes.

  • Rainfall Data

    Soil moisture & plumbing issues are critical factors in foundations movement. We gather local rainfall data for your postcode to add critical context to sensor collected data. The combination of data types is extremely powerful when diagnosing issues. 

INFO

What does it all mean?!

What is Foundations Movement?

Foundations movement is quite common in homes and can lead to serious structural damage if not properly managed.

Often caused by changes in the soil on which the home is built, two major causes of foundation movement are slab heave, and subsidence.

Common symptoms include:

  • Cracks in plasterboard walls & ceilings 
  • Uneven floor levels
  • Cracks in external brickwork
  • Cracked and moving paths & driveways
  • Sticking doors and windows
  • Broken pipes (making the problem even worse)

Slab Heave

Slab heave is caused by changes to the moisture content of the reactive clay soil beneath your home.

Reactive clay soils expand when wet and shrink when dry, causing the foundations of a home to rise and fall.

When the soil expands, it lifts parts of your home causing damage such as uneven floors, cracked walls, sticking doors or windows and
ironically broken pipes - which can make the problem worse!

When it dries and shrinks, your home moves in the opposite direction, potentially also causing damage.

The key to managing slab heave is to keep soil moisture levels as constant as possible, allowing your home to return to a steady position over time.

Subsidence

Subsidence is the gradual sinking of a home due to the soil beneath the foundation compacting over time or being washed away by poor or faulty drainage.

Over time the home can begin to sink, leading to uneven floors, cracked walls, and other forms of damage.

Some settlement is normal, especially for new homes and builders will usually deem complaints of small cracks and other symptoms as such, but it’s critical to keep an eye on the movement in case it’s actually the start of a more significant issue.

What are Floor Level Surveys?

If you've already engaged an engineer or have called in your builder, it's highly likely they've said "we'll monitor it for 6-18 months".  

But what does that really mean?

In most cases, monitoring involves measuring floor level changes and cracks over time, traditionally via in-person surveys 1-2 times per year.

The industry standard for floor level surveys is to use an Altimeter - manual devices used by SLABsense, engineers, foundation repair trades and some building inspectors.

They have a long thin hose between the base station and handset which gets dragged around the house and needs to be packed up after each survey.

They’re great for fairly accurate point-in-time level measurements - ie telling you what the floor levels are right now.

Data is usually captured manually as values on a floor plan.

5 Problems with Floor Level Surveys

Relying solely on traditional floor level surveys poses some serious problems:

  • They require repeated site visits by costly engineers.
  • Data is limited to only a few (often just two) 'point-in-time' measurements taken many months apart.
  • Measurements lack additional context such as detailed weather and timeline data.
  • Significant events or remedial action triggers can be missed due to irregular site visits and measurements. 
  • There's a potential conflict of interest in disputes; the business collecting the data is often also the business making recommendations or having to act on them. 

INFO

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