In the last few years, we have witnessed too many earthquakes. The effect of several earthquakes has been devastating; several buildings have been destroyed and thousands of lives have been lost. It is therefore important to take effective preventive measures against this natural hazard.
How to Ensure Maximum Safety Hire a structural engineer and perform a test to check whether or not your building is capable of withstanding an earthquake. If the test reveals that your building does not have the strength to withstand the earthquake, then you should take seismic retrofit measures and make the necessary changes.
Earthquake retrofitting can ensure safety and enhance the strength of your building so that it can withstand the impact of any seismic activity. In addition, another important thing to note during the test is to look for the presence of any potential hazards.
Checking the potential hazards We may not be aware of some of these potential factors and may result in serious hazards in the case of an earthquake. Throughout seismic activity, bulky materials hanging on the ceiling could drop and the chances of equipment failure are also higher. These hazards could put the lives of residents at great risk and could even lead to serious injury or death.
There is also a risk that fire sprinklers could break during the earthquake. If this happens, you won’t be able to control the fire, and they might gradually expand to the entire building. In addition, your building will also be flooded due to the bad water spray from the damaged sprinklers. Similarly, if your gas lines break during the earthquake, the chances of a gas fire are higher.
Why Hire an Expert A smaller earthquake is capable of causing a number of damages to your house. Issues such as fire damage, water damage and much more will happen if you’re not avoiding potential hazards.
As mentioned earlier, conducting a detailed inspection of your buildings by an experienced and qualified engineer is the best preventive measure you can take to ensure safety. The test results will show whether or not structural repairs or seismic retrofits are required.
Weinstein Construction will take care of non-structural issues that require professional attention. It also eliminates potential hazards and minimizes the potential for damage to buildings. Furthermore, the earthquake retrofit expert can handle secure ceiling panels, light fixtures and fire sprinklers to prevent injury and damage to the equipment.