Old buildings come with a lot of worries. If you’re the owner of an old apartment building, the caretaker for an ancient office, or a concerned worker at a small town zoo, you might already be dealing with a building that’s too old to seem stable. You worry about it. You stare up at it as you walk past in the morning as if you’ll be able to see structural issues from the sidewalk. The thought of safety checkups and safety requirements leave you a little frazzled. You don’t know how much longer your building is going to hold up, pass the test. It won’t come crashing down around your ears tomorrow… but it might heave and creak one too many times, shifting into a building you no longer feel comfortable letting people into.
If an older building is one of your worries, don’t worry. You’re not a structural engineer, and no one’s asking you to be. It would be a good idea, however, to erase that worry once and for all. The sooner potential damage is taken care of, the less worried you’ll be, and the less significant the damage will be. Cracks and sinking foundations will just get worse the longer they’re ignored.
The good news is, even though you’re not a structural engineer, someone else is. It would be a wise idea to hire a structural engineer to give your building a look. They’ll let you know what needs to be fixed, where it needs to be fixed, and how soon it needs to be fixed. Then, the job’s on you–but only for a couple of days.
When it comes time to hire someone to ensure the safety of your building, you’ll likely look into several options. You may want to hire a company and have them see to every detail, trusting on their experience and high-rating to get the job done. Whether you live in North Dakota or Pennsylvania, there’s a specialized team who can complete your safety requirements. Some companies offer emergency services, so if your problem is worse than you thought, or becomes a lot worse overnight, there’s always someone you can call.
You might want to be more involved in the process, choosing what manufacturers your material is coming from. Perforated tubing is an often part of a safe structure, and if you have a say in materials purchased, you can ensure it’s coming from the best.
Whether you choose to make that phone call tomorrow or in a month, your building is waiting for you. Older buildings deserve to be maintained for their architectural beauty and history, not to mention the cost-effectiveness of maintaining rather than rebuilding. Don’t wait and continue to let worry itch at your mind… get started on the safety process and ensure that your building is standing for years to come.