Ebute-Metta: 5 potential signs of impending building collapse

  • Previously, a two-storey building collapsed along Cemetery Road opposite the Ebute Metta Area Health Center in Lagos State.
  • This development has resulted in the death of several people and the injury of others, but it is interesting to note that it is thought provoking in the regime
  • This article outlines simple yet important ways to identify an impending building or property collapse.

Mixed reactions continued to follow the building that collapsed in the Ebute-Metta area of ​​Lagos State. A saddened development that has thrown some families into mourning and others into disarray.

The bad news is that Nigeria, especially Lagos State, has become the “global dumping ground” for collapsed buildings, destroying properties worth billions of naira.

But the good news is that outside of acts of terrorism or any natural disaster, a building does not collapse. This does not happen by chance, it comes with warning signs. But many Nigerians do not know, recognize the signs or pay attention, The nation reports.

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Ebutte-Metta Building Collapse, Lagos State
Following the Ebutte-Metta building collapse, here are ways to identify an impending building collapse. Photo credit: The Punch
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However, identifying these signs does not come at a high cost compared to the cost of an outright building collapse.

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So when you see these 5 signs, know that your property is in danger of imminent collapse. But identifying the signs and talking to a professional early will help them initiate preventative measures.

Here are ways to identify an impending building collapse:

1. Cracks in the wall

Major cracks in your walls are indications of impending danger.

The most common causes of cracking are ground movement (under the foundation) caused by clay shrinkage, landslides, vibrations, subsidence, settling, heaving, rocking, etc. Foundation failure due to decay of soft clay brick, erosion of concrete due to chemical contaminants, etc.

2. Decline

The age of a building means that the physical life of a building tends to be expired, that is, the building is approaching a state that would make it unfit for use. Such conditions of a building can arise for various reasons such as natural decay and aging, improper maintenance, use of under-specified materials and poor workmanship to name a few.

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3. House move

House movement can be caused by defects, ground movement, foundation failure, building structure breakdown, etc.

A building has no legs but it can move, it was not built to move, so when it does it is a sign of impending building collapse.

If a structure is unable to accommodate this movement, cracking is likely to occur.

4. Penetration of moisture

Moisture ingress occurs when water enters a building from the outside through faulty stormwater protection equipment or infrastructure.

There are certain parts of a building that should not get wet such as the ceiling, inside walls and floors.

These areas are structurally reinforced to resist moisture. So, when moisture penetrates these barriers, it becomes a sign of a building collapse.

5. Bad Foundation

A foundation is constructed to support the weight of a building. So when there are visible signs of a poor foundation.

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If you’ve noticed that your floors aren’t level or seem to sag, tilt, or dip, that could indicate a problem.

Meanwhile, a proper understanding of building design and construction materials as well as the size, severity and effects of fire and firefighting activities, both indoors and outdoors. outdoors, will help identify and assess signs of partial or structural collapse.

Ebutte-Metta: Buhari reacts, says building collapse rate now ’embarrassing’

On Monday May 2, President Muhammadu Buhari sympathized with the families of those who died, were injured and affected by a building collapse in Ebute Metta area, Lagos State, with search and rescue being still in progress on the site.

He also lamented the “embarrassing” frequency of building collapses in the country, reports The Punch.

This comes after a three storey building collapsed on Sunday night at 32 Ibadan Street, Ebute Metta, Lagos.

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Ikoyi building collapse: Site engineer’s wife cries, says her husband was neither found nor pronounced dead

The wife of a site engineer of the recently collapsed Ikoyi skyscraper has cried out that her husband’s whereabouts were not known.

Telling about her experience so far to The Punch, she says she needs to know exactly what her husband’s status is.

Legit.ng gathered that the woman identified as Oladunni says she has neither seen her husband nor found his body to verify his status since the day of the incident.

Source: Legit.ng


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