Five ways to identify any looming building Collapse


Five ways to identify any looming

Buildings do not simply collapse. There are continually displaying  signals. However, many Nigerians either do not identify the indications or do not pay attention to them.

Some buildings can be compared to “a ticking time bomb”. With the recent spate growing spate in building collapse, it is important for us to identify an impending building collapse and act accordingly.

Here are some ways to identify impending building collapse

in the wall


Major cracks in your walls are a warning sign that something bad is about to happen.
Ground (below foundations) produced by clay shrinkage, landslip, vibration, subsidence, settlement, heave, sway, and other factors are the most prevalent causes of cracking. Failure of the foundation due to soft clay brick deterioration, concrete erosion due to chemical pollutants, and so on.

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The term “dilapidation” refers to a structure’s physical life coming to an end, i.e., the building is nearing a state that would make it unfit for use. Such building problems can arise for a variety of reasons, including natural degradation and aging, insufficient care, the use of underspecified materials, and poor craftsmanship.

Movement in the House
Defects, ground movement, foundation failure, degradation of the building fabric, and other factors can all contribute to house movement.
A building does not have legs, yet it can move; nevertheless, it was not designed to move, therefore when it does, it is a harbinger of oncoming collapse.
Cracking is likely to occur if a structure is unable to support this movement.


Permeation of moisture
When water enters a building from the outside due to poor rainfall protection systems or infrastructure, moisture penetration occurs.

Certain areas of a building, such as the ceiling, the interior of the walls, and the floors, should not be damp.


These sections have been fortified structurally to withstand dampness. When moisture enters these barriers, it signals the impending collapse of the structure.

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Faulty foundation
A foundation is designed to support the weight of a structure. When there are obvious symptoms of a faulty foundation.

If your floors are out of level or appear to be drooping, bowing, or dipping, this could be a sign of problems.


That is the latest Naija Gist on Five ways to identify any looming building Collapse.

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