What does 'Heave' mean when buying a property?

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Heave is when a property starts physically to rise and is commonly found in areas where the soil is predominantly clay. I long periods of wet weather the clay absorbs water and expands, forcing the property above it upwards.

It can also happen where a tree or trees that were draining the soil via their roots are cut down.

Note some properties have an annual cycle of heave and subsidence (they move up and down all the time) which does not affect them structurally in any way.

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