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A Geobear Christmas Carol

(December 11, 2019)

‘Twas the night before Christmas. Doug Badly sat in his armchair in front of the fire, smoking his pipe. He looked around the shabby room and shook his head. He wouldn’t be seeing his family this Christmas – they refused to come round to his house. They said it was a “tip”, and “falling to pieces”…and he’d be damned if he’d go and spend his Christmas with such rude people.

The Ghost of Subsidence Past

Suddenly, there was a hard rap at the door. Startled, Doug looked up. He shuffled towards the door, grumbling “at this hour…who on earth could it be?” He opened the door a crack, his beady eyes scowling through to see who dared to disturb him.

Behind the door stood a cloaked figure.

“Yes? What is it?”

“Hello Doug. I am the Ghost of Subsidence Past. I’ve come to show you something.”

The figure turned and started to slowly walk away. Doug grabbed his cane and swung the door fully open, furiously marching after the figure. “I’ll show this prankster!” he thought.

“Hey, you, get off my land!” He shouted, as the Ghost of Subsidence Past turned around the corner.

As Doug rounded the corner in hot pursuit, a massive gust of wind suddenly swept him off his feet, throwing him face-down onto the ground.

When he got back to his feet, Doug gasped at the scene before him. His front garden seemed to have disappeared and in its place stood his childhood home, with the ghost standing before it. He beckoned Doug over to the window. Inside, he could see his parents arguing.

“That’s it Rick, it’s over! I’ve asked you a thousand times to sort out that subsidence problem, and now it’s become a danger to us and Doug. I’m taking him somewhere safe.”

Another sudden gust of wind and it all disappeared. Doug made his way back to the house, scratching his head.

The Ghost of Subsidence Present

No sooner was Doug back in his armchair when another figure appeared in the doorway to the kitchen.

“I am the Ghost of Subsidence Present, and I’m here to show you the signs that your house is suffering from subsidence. Come into the kitchen.”

ghost of subsidence present

Now a little afraid and less indignant, Doug slowly and quietly approached the kitchen. The ghost pointed to a diagonal crack snaking up the kitchen wall.

“Subsidence.” He said.

He then pointed down to where the kitchen floor was beginning to sink, a gap forming at the bottom of the skirting board.

“Subsidence.” He said.

Finally, the ghost tried to open the kitchen window – as always, it was stuck.

“Subsidence.” He said.

Doug shook his head and turned away. “No no no,” he said. It’s not the same as when I was a boy. That was a much bigger problem. I don’t believe that this is subsidence!”

He looked back, but the ghost was gone.

The Ghost of Subsidence Future

Thinking he must be in a tired delirium, Doug headed upstairs to bed.

But no sooner had his eyes closed than a very strange dream began.

He found himself in an estate agent’s office. There, he could see himself, shaking his fist and shouting.

“What do you mean I won’t be able to sell it? It’s a fine house! Anyone would be lucky to have it!”

“I’m sorry sir, but the structural damage caused by years of untreated subsidence is just too great – it’s not safe to live in and it will be practically impossible to sell.”

Doug woke up in a cold sweat. Suddenly, it all made sense. He didn’t want to make the same mistake his father had made of not getting subsidence treated soon enough. He had noticed the cracks and sinking floors, but had been trying to ignore them. But he certainly didn’t want to end up in a position where he couldn’t sell his house.

But how difficult would it be to fix?

A quick online search and he discovered Geobear – who were able to quickly sort out subsidence with minimal disruption using a special geopolymer resin injection method. He breathed a sigh of relief.

In the weeks that followed, Doug contacted Geobear, who sent round a surveyor to assess the problem and fixed his subsidence issue.

He gave his house a makeover too, and the next year the whole family came round to enjoy Christmas.

We hope you’ve enjoyed “A Geobear Christmas Carol”. If you too suspect your property may be suffering from subsidence, then don’t hesitate to get in touch so that Geobear can help.

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