Factors causing damage to the building | Building Construction
Major damage to the building is usually caused by the natural calamities. But there are various factors that can cause damage to the buildings.
Some of them are as follows:
- Natural Calamities
- Lack of maintenance
The damage incurred to the building is usually in the form of major and minor cracks. Major cracks could be structural cracks which cause immense damage to the structure. Earlier, I wrote two articles on the subject “Cracks in Buildings“. The cracks are classified depending on the amount of damage they cause to the structure.
Physical inspections to be done in a building
After the construction of any building, periodical inspections of physical components of the building are to be carried out. Physical inspections help us in keeping a check on the damage or wear and tear caused to the structure. Inspection is important so that we identify the problem and repair it before it gets unrepairable.
Here is a list of the components whose inspection is to be carried out:
This includes checking of walls, columns and roofs of the super structure. Diagonal cracks are structural cracks. Grooves are to be made to avoid cracks.
Roof along with parapet walls
Doors and Windows
Mechanical (Generator, pumps)
Plumbing (Kitchen, toilets, and outdoor spaces)