- Prior to this, a two-story building collapsed along Cemetery Road opposite the health center in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos State
- This development resulted in death of multiple people and the injury of others, but interestingly it’s thought-provoking in politics
- This article presents simple but important ways to identify an impending collapse of a building or property
Mixed reactions have continued to follow the building that collapsed in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos state. A sad development that left some families in grief and others in confusion.
The bad news is that Nigeria, particularly Lagos state, is the “junkyard in the world” for collapsed buildings that destroy billions of naira’s worth of property.
But the good news is that barring terrorist attacks or natural disasters, a building doesn’t just fall down. It doesn’t just happen, it comes with warning signs. But many Nigerians either don’t know, don’t recognize, or pay attention to the signs, reports The Nation.
However, identifying these signs does not come at a great cost compared to the US Cost of a total building collapse.
So when you see these 5 signs, you know your property is at risk of imminent collapse. But recognizing the signs and speaking to a professional early on will help you take preventive action.
Here are ways to spot an impending building collapse:
1. Cracks in the wall
Larger cracks in your walls indicate an imminent danger.
The most common causes of cracks are Ground movement (beneath foundations) caused by clay shrinkage, landslide, vibration, settlement, settlement, heave, sway, etc. Foundation failure due to decay of soft mud bricks, concrete erosion due to chemical contamination, etc.
Decay of a building means that a building’s physical lifespan has tended to expire, meaning the building is approaching a state that would render it unusable. Such states of a building can occur for various reasons, such as e.g. B. natural deterioration and aging, inadequate maintenance, use of unspecified materials and poor workmanship to name a few.
3. House movements
House movements can be caused by deficiencies, ground movements, foundation failure, structural deterioration, etc.
A building has none Legs, but it can move, it wasn’t built to move, so it’s a sign of imminent building collapse.
When a structure cannot accommodate that movement , cracks are likely to occur.
4. Moisture infiltration
Moisture infiltration occurs when water enters a building from outside through faulty rainwater protection systems or infrastructure.
There are certain parts of a building that should not be wet, such as the ceiling, interior walls, and floors.
These areas are structurally reinforced to resist moisture. So when moisture penetrates these barriers, it becomes a sign of building collapse.
5. Poor Foundation
A foundation is built to support the weight of a building. So if there are visible signs of a bad foundation.
If you’ve noticed that your floors aren’t level or are sagging, bending, or sagging, this could indicate problems.
Meanwhile, a proper understanding of the building design and construction materials, as well as the scale, severity and impact of the fire and firefighting activities, both internal and external, will aid in identification and assessing signs of partial or structural collapse.
Ebutte-Metta: Buhari responds, saying building collapse rate is now ’embarrassing’
Am Monday, May 2nd, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed condolences to the families of those who died, sustained injuries and were affected in the building collapse in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos state, with search and rescue still ongoing at the site.
< p class="align-lef t">He also lamented the “embarrassing” rate of building collapses in the country, reports The Punch.
This came after a three-storey building at 32 Ibadan Street, Ebute Metta, had collapsed. Lagos.
Ikoyi building collapse: engineer’s wife screams, says husband neither found nor pronounced dead
The wife of an engineer at das Ikoyi skyscraper, which collapsed recently, has been screaming about the lack of knowledge of her husband’s whereabouts.
She tells The Punch about her past experience needs to know what status her husband has exactly.