Monitoring your structure correctly will prevent structural damages such as sloping floors, cracks, bowed walls, and broken tiles as well as windows and doors that don’t shut or open properly. Many structural problems are usually caused by moisture, but can also occur due to variations in temperature.
Here are some tips on how to monitor the health of a structure to increase its lifespan and avoid costly repairs.
1. Inspect the Roof
Repairing the roof is one of the most costly repair jobs you may come across. There are many types of roof covering. Depending on the one you have, it will determine how you will deal with it.
A composition tile roof is easiest to inspect as you can safely walk on it and see what is going on. Clay or concrete tile roof is a different case as walking on it may cause more damage. A pair of binoculars can help to see what is going on.
If you can’t see this well, then pre-construction services and structural health monitoring company will do a roof inspection for you and fix the problem.
2. Check for Water Leaks
Regular inspections under bathroom and kitchen sinks are highly recommended. Pull out the cupboard contents and take a good look for any active leakage in the water drains and drain lines. Run your hands around the water drains and drain lines to feel the water.
3. Check and Seal Gaps Around Windows and Doors
Close your door and check for light around the door edges. This is where outside air gets into the house and reduces the efficiency of the cooling and heating.
The remedy is clear. Go to a hardware shop and buy some weather stripping. This comes in rolls long enough to do one door. It is self-adhesive so you can install it effortlessly. Ensure that you don’t leave gaps.
4. Keep the Drains Clean
Dirty and blocked drains are a pain and a health hazard. We never pay any attention to drains until they block up and become an expensive emergency.
Clean drains enable the wastewater to flow freely away from the structure. Drains get blocked with hair in the tub and bathroom sinks. The kitchen drain will get blocked with food scraps that have been put through the disposal that was beyond the ability of the disposal to handle. This stuff gets stuck in the drain and leads to problems. Keep them clean.
Contact the Pros
Keeping your structure in good condition is extremely important. If you allow the structure to deteriorate, it will become unstable, and it will eventually collapse. Contact the professionals if the problems become too complicated.