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Things that happen when a house is about to collapse

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Things that happen when a house is about to collapse
Things that happen when a house is about to collapse

There are quite a number of reasons why a building collapse could happen. It could be as a result of an act of terrorism, a structural failure or natural disasters like an earthquake, hurricane, flooding, landslide, tornado or a mudslide.
Nigeria has suffered its share of building collapse in the past and will continue to if measures are not taken. the collapsing of structures causes lots of harm like loss of the collapsed property, sometimes loss of beloved ones or may even result to one bad injury or the other which will require huge amount of money to cure. scores of people.
The truth remains that no building will just collapse on its own without any warning sign. though In many cases, the building control agency of several states in Nigeria carry out a non-destructive integrity test.
This test according to real estate professionals is carried out to ascertain the structural stability of the building which will enable the state to detect the building that needs renovation or probably any that needs to be re-engineered. In cases where building are detected to have a defect/fault, the owners of the building are asked to take the test before further actions are taken by the state.
In other to show our commitment in protecting homeowners, those who live or work in properties in Nigeria, we have compiled a list of 6 warning signs that should not be taken for granted if noticed immediately and should be evacuated as well as the notification of any nearest Local Council Development Area LCDA

1. Major cracks in the wall
Thermal movement remains one of the most potent causes of cracks to appear in the walls of buildings and should not be taken for granted because it could eventually lead to the collapse of the building. cracks in the wall of a building is a natural sign that shows the structure is unable to accommodate the movement or load to which it is subjected. the cracks that appear in the walls of a building can either be a structural crack or a non-structural crack. structural cracks appear Due to incorrect design, faulty construction or overloading and non-structural cracks appear due to internally induced stress on the materials used in constructing a building.

2. Gaps between floors
Note that if there are gaps between the walls and floors of a building, you must understand that this is a structural defect that could end very badly. As of the year 1995, a building with gaps between the floors and its walls eventually collapsed and killed three people. Also Uneven spaces and sloping floors are not to be overlooked. For example, take a look at the house from the street. Is the front entrance straight? For contemporary homes, sloping floors are a really bad sign and should always be considered.

3. Deteriorating support structure
Deterioration can be as a result of the following:
• Substandard materials used: When building components fail, they can directly impact on the exterior walls and the collapse of interior floors can push against masonry exterior walls which will eventually creates room for the collapse of buildings.
• Tears and fissures in foundation structures: this occurs when fissures appear in welds of steel during construction or over time. A building can possibly undergo progressive collapse if a primary structural element fails, leading to the failure of adjoining structural elements and in turn causes further structural failure culminating in a building collapse.
• Deformed siding: Siding helps to protect your building from the moisture and the elements. It can be found both inside and outside the walls of the buildings that are well constructed. So if not kept in good condition, it can deteriorate and lead to weakening of foundational structures; something that often leads to building collapse.

4. Creaking and popping sounds
If you are living in a house and its starts making creaking and popping sounds, you should feel concerned because in September 2016, a resident heard creaking sounds on the 7th floor of a building, which eventually collapsed. If house creaks, it shows that the metal parts contract much more than the wood does. As a result, the nails, pipes and air ducts rub against the wood. Also, the wood rubs and grinds against other wooden parts of the structure, which leads to the creaking sounds.

5. Mould and water stains on walls and collapsing ceilings
There is usually one way mould and rot are caused – whenever Water got to a part of the house that should not be wet . this refers to ‘moisture penetration.’ , as termed by Professionals and if there is an excess of moisture that can’t escape within the structure of a house, it is called a damp. in some phenomenon, moisture is to spread out from wet parts of a house to the dry areas. while on the other hand moisture would also move downwards with the under the influence of gravity. Your house construction should allow for this. when this didn't occur, it could result in clay lump walls collapsing

6. Moving house
When the house is moving, this signifies one of the most dangerous warnings of an impending collapse. The movement here is not the same as in the case of a human would move. instead, this means that over a period of time, some parts of the house have shifted from their original position Due to foundation problems. Technically, when the foundation of the building shifts, it sets into motion, a disturbing number of serious events throughout the house, which forces the house to move.

Final thoughts
No building can collapse without any warning sign. Just that One of the biggest problems with these signs is that if neglected, they make the collapse of the building inevitable. In essence, early warning signs should not be handled with un seriousness. if confused or have a problem concerning your building communicate us through WWW.PROPERTYPOINTNG.COM.
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