Metricon responds to recent news about slab heave

28 02 2012

In response to recent news about homes cracking under pressure in the media, Metricon posted the following on their facebook page:

You may have seen recent media coverage about the increase in homes in particular in Melbourne experiencing cracking as a result of structural movement. One of the causes for this has been the extreme change in weather conditions over the last 12 months. Metricon is committed to investigating any concerns fully and to resolve matters as quickly as possible where Metricon workmanship is responsible for the issues. For further information or to notify Metricon of any issues, please refer to the below information.

This was followed by a link to the following latest news article on Metricon’s website.

There have been a number of recent media articles about the increase in homes experiencing cracking in Melbourne as a result of structural movement caused by the extreme change in weather conditions over the last 12 months. This is particularly prevalent in areas with highly reactive soil types such as in Melbourne’s north and west.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has commented on the issue of ”slab heave” – that is, where there is an upward movement in the concrete slab foundation that can create cracks in the plaster of a home’s internal walls. The association says the problem has been caused by unforeseen movements in the soil after unusually heavy drought-breaking rains.

Metricon advises any of its homeowners who have concerns about their home to contact our Warranty Department. Metricon is committed to investigating any concerns fully and to resolve matters as quickly as possible where Metricon workmanship is responsible for the issues.

The cause of structural movement in homes is always a site specific matter as each home site is different. In many cases, movement may be caused by works not undertaken by the homebuilder such as landscaping and paving as well as works on adjoining home sites.

Metricon notes the importance for homeowners to ensure that the perimeter of their footing systems, landscaping and drainage are adequate and meet the published standards advised by the CSIRO and provided to customers during the building process.

The Foundation Maintenance and Footing Performance: A Homeowner’s Guide report can be found on the CSIRO website at http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/22/pid/3612.htm.

Metricon will assist homeowners with any queries regarding how to protect the footing systems of their home and comply with their obligations.

If you think that your home might be affected or you have questions about your own obligations, please contact Metricon on (03) 9915 5555 and ask for our Warranty Department.

C&K

Reference: Recent Media Articles About Slab Heave in Melbourne

Reference: Slab Heave Tips & Tricks

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5 responses

9 06 2014
Matt Cornell

How is your house? have you had any cracks? I’ve seen lots of media attention in The age lately. Nice looking deck by the way.
Matt

18 06 2014
ournolanhome

Hi Matt,

We have not had any cracks (yet)….and we hope it stays that way. We have just finished our landscaping and have concrete paths around the sides of the house which I hope helps prevent the slab heave.

BTW, thanks for the info about Slab Heave from your site – others might find it useful so I have added it to the references for the blog post.

C&K

24 06 2014
Matt Cornell

That’s great news. Enjoy your house!

Thanks very much for the link! I have just posted a video on Youtube about slab heave for your followers that don’t like reading 🙂 I was trying to make it easy to understand the cause of slab heave. What do you think?

Matt

24 06 2014
Matt Cornell

PS. I put a link on our FB (to this page) but in reality to your excellent blog. A lovely resource for adventurers such as yourselves.
Matt

29 06 2014
ournolanhome

Great. Glad you think its useful!

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