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Structural Repairs | Everything You Need to Know

At some point, your property will have to undergo some sort of structural repairs, this is because buildings aren’t made to last forever.

Types of Structural Repairs and Maintenance

The three main types of structural repairs and maintenance include;

  • Day to day repair service facilities
  • Annual repairs
  • Special repairs

Day to Day Repairs

Day to day repairs refer to service repairs which can occur from time to time. It usually refers to services of the building such as plumbing and water supply. The purpose of these structural repairs is to ensure the continuous functioning of the various services in the building.

Some examples of day to day repairs include;

  • Removing blockage from drain pipes
  • Manholes
  • Restoration of water supply
  • Replacement of blown fuses
  • Repairs to faulty switches
  • Watering of plants
  • Lawn mowing
  • Hedge cutting
  • Sweeping the leaf falls

Annual Repairs

Annual repairs are done to maintain the aesthetics of the building as well as to preserve it. This work is planned and carried out on a yearly basis.

Some examples of annual repair include;

  • Whitewashing
  • Distempering
  • Painting
  • Cleaning of the lines

Special Repairs

Special repairs are done when parts of the building need to be replaced due to the deterioration of older buildings. This is to make the structure more secure and restore it back to its original state (where possible). This is to stop it deteriorating further.

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Other Types of Building Repair

Additions and Alterations

Additions and alterations are carried out on a building when the occupants have special requirements for the functional efficiency of their property. This could be something such as installing a wheelchair ramp or a lift. This type of repair is used to update the building.

Preventive Maintenance

To avoid breakdown and potentially more problems occurring, preventive maintenance is carried out. Whether a building needs this sort of structural repairs will be determined through findings during regular inspection.

Preventive maintenance work includes works to prevent;

  • Deterioration of building parts (which depends on climate conditions)
  • Pollution
  • Fungi
  • Insect attack
  • Subsidence
  • Flooding
  • Intensity of usage
  • Careless usage
  • Seepage

Most Common Types of Structural Repair

Cracked Walls

Not every crack in the wall is going to be an issue or a cause for concern. Cracks may appear in the plaster over time and this is only natural. These cracks usual run vertically. Cracks in the wall that may be a cause for concern include;

  • A crack at a horizontal angle
  • A crack at a jagged 45-degree angle

Bulging or Collapsed Walls

When this happens in modern buildings the most common reasons is that there is a failure in the cavity wall tiles.

Over time in old buildings, the steal used can corrode which can cause structural movement.

The Repair Process

It is advised to contact your household insurer if you notice anything in need of structural repair. The next thing to do would be to contact a structural repair specialist. They can help you out with everything so you don’t need to worry about it.