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The new Terrafirma Ground Report – taking subsidence risk assessment to the next level

TerrafirmaTerrafirma [1] is launching a major update to its standard-setting Ground Report, making it the first domestic search product to provide detailed, property-specific information on the risks from clay-related subsidence and trees – a major cause of building damage in the UK. 

As part of its research and development programme, Terrafirma has been working with cutting-edge Cranfield University and National Tree Map data to give an accurate prediction of properties which are likely to suffer shrink-swell movements or be affected by nearby tree roots.  The new Ground Report includes a simple-to-understand guide to the potential amount of ground movement and the zone of influence of large trees, providing clear guidance on the scope of building surveys and subsidence insurance for affected properties.

The Ground Report provides a unique ground movement indicator, using satellite monitoring data and information on the level of insurance claims investigations in the surrounding area, to inform the purchaser and complement their building survey. Clay-related subsidence is naturally affected by a changing climate and the team at Terrafirma have been investigating the potential that climate change may have on ground hazards. For the first time, the Ground Report includes an insight into the possible long-term effects of a changing climate on subsidence risk and what that could mean for the homeowner.

As part of the report update, information on slope movement is being enhanced to provide a clearer picture of the potential for landslides affecting properties.

The updated Ground Report is part of Terrafirma’s mission to allow informed decisions by professionals and homebuyers, with easy to understand practical recommendations to mitigate ground risks. Continuous investment into Terrafirma’s research and development has enabled us to add these updates at no extra cost, with the RRP for the Ground Report remaining at £50 + VAT.

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See our website for more details: https://www.terrafirmasearch.co.uk/ground-report [2]