What is Structural Integrity and Why is it Important?

by - Friday, October 26, 2018


Often we don’t look at our home like it were a building just like any other. We see it as a familiar zone, somewhere we feel at our most comfortable. For years and years you might not know there is a problem somewhere in the home because you have a mental connection to the aesthetics. Talk about skin deep, you can get so used to the same old walls that you don’t look past them or through them. Then subtle things like a drip leak from a water pipe, or green mold growing on the inside can take hold with anyone knowing. This is why it's so important to know what structural integrity means and what it is in your home. If you should ever decide to sell your home and buy a home, you will need to understand it thoroughly. You don’t have to be building expert, you just need to know what the weak points of homes are and how to fix them when things go south.

Bulging walls
Can you see a slight bend in your own home? The walls may look as one single piece due to the paint job and scheme as well as the finish of the wallpaper but they’re not. Walls are made up of individual bricks, and each one of them needs to support the neighbouring bricks around them. However over time if the mortar or cement are slowly eroded again, it can mean that bricks become loose. The weight of the ceiling and the wall can cause bricks to slip out, just like a herniated disc in the spine. And just like the bulge in our spine, the walls will have a bend outward. If this is something you can spot, you should call in an expert to assess the dangers right away.

The system of veins
Every home has a system of veins, which is the heating and water pipes. Both are interconnected as the boiler needs to heat up the water and circulate it through the pipes which go all around the home. If you can hear or feel pressure being released or trying to release itself when you turn the taps, you may need to call in an expert. When you sell a home, you’ll need to call in an expert such as Allcott Associates who will check the quality of the drainage system and the heating system. They will also check the gas, oil and electric systems to see how they function and what their true costs are. Moreover, they can assess where something in the pipes is going wrong. 

Bowing ceiling
White ceilings often cover up faults pretty easily. The way the natural light hits them, from certain angles the ceiling can look like it's brand new at times. However, no ceiling should be sagging or bowing. This is clear sign that there is some kind of structural damage happening to the floor. It could be water damage, or could possibly be the support beams giving way but it could also be the weight of something taking its toll on the flooring.

Obviously, when a roof is sagging you know what kind of potential harm this could do to someone underneath it, so looking for the right signs of danger is paramount. However understanding the veins of the house are just as important but do need an expert to be called in most of the time.

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