A lot of efforts are put into the construction of a new building. It can be anything, a shop, a new house, hotel, office complex or anything else. Teams of engineers, designers, and architects build the structure hoping that it will stand the test of time. To ensure this, you will have to maintain a keen eye on its structural changes. It is the easiest and simplest way of extending the life of any building.
The basic reason behind the degradation of a house is its interaction with its environment and to all kinds of abuse from the natural elements. Gas, water, or electricity supplies maybe under constant load – 24/7, which can lead to overload. Poorly designed building envelopes, window/door openings, poor construction quality, inferior quality of waterproofing, paints, workmanship and plumbing layouts also leads to structural and resistive damage.
When it comes to buildings, changes over time in its structural properties are inevitable. But by paying due diligence, and hiring a professional will help you obviate a lot of common issues. You will save a lot of cash that could have been transferred to your repairman’s bank account.
Here are 3 ways a structural forensics can help you extend the life of your building-
Providing Assessment of Under Construction or Upcoming Projects
Problems are best solved when they are not created. It is important to lay down a strong foundation to prevent any major problem. Many structural forensics companies provide you structural assessment services for your under-construction projects.
They will use their analytical tools and technologies to detect any potential problems with your plans. Even midway through the project, it is possible to change some things for the better. This will add up to your construction bills but will surely pay you back down the road.
Recognizing Root Causes
Unfortunately, sometimes it is too late to lay the correct stones in order. The problem may have already raised its head and spreading like a virus. Your inexperienced eye will only see the damage from the outside. You will never know what is causing the problem and what will be its consequences.
Forensics services will not only tell you what’s the cause, but they will also inform you how it can be mitigated. Best of all, because of their experience, the time taken to come up with the assessment results is short. You can act swiftly and make the necessary changes so that your building’s life is not affected.
Use of Advanced Technology for Bigger Projects
Some building projects are extremely sophisticated. Your average inspection routine will not cut it when you want to see the true picture. You will be able to pick up small changes or deviations with your naked eye but they are no match for what forensics technology has to offer.
Structural forensics inspections usually include tech like infrared devices to measure the amount of moisture in a structure’s wall system, x-ray imaging systems to find out internal cracks and fractures, electromagnetic equipment that see through things and more. The time saved by these machines is far more than the price you pay for such inspections. This is especially important for bigger building systems where manual inspection is not a viable option.