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Did the earthquake crack your home? We help you to know if they are risky

June 24, 2020

After such a natural phenomenon, it is important to check whether it has caused damage or cracks in your home.

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Did the earthquake crack your home? We help you to know if they are riskyDid the earthquake crack your home? We help you to know if they are risky

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He National Seismological This Tuesday, June 23, an earthquake with an epicenter in Crucecita, Oaxaca, with a magnitude of 7.5 degrees, was reported at 10:29 am.

After such a natural phenomenon, it is important to check whether it has caused damage or cracks in your home. The real estate portal Properties.com shares a few points to check whether your property shows major damage.

Before doing an inspection, you should:

  • Know the elements that make up a construction
  • The date it was built
  • Check the walls and floor to see if they are seriously or superficially damaged

If the cracks are diagonal to the horizontal of the floor or parallel to it, they are very dangerous. In this case, you will have to abandon the construction until it has been checked by a specialist who has been informed by José Antonio López, member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Seismic Engineering Corporation.

You will surely wonder why you know the date when it was built? If you know the age of a property, you will get the reference of the regulation on which its construction is based and the earthquake standard used for its planning.

“An older building may not have the security to withstand a moderate to severe seismic event,” said López.

The expert also said that it must be borne in mind that after an earthquake, collapse, collapse, knocking on buildings, peeling of the coating, vibrations of slabs or floor systems, and gaps in structural elements can occur.

Are you going to buy Consider the following:

If you are about to buy a property, Antonio López and Raúl Aranzabal, civil engineer and site manager, have given the following advice:

  1. Identify the construction; Columns and beams or concrete and masonry walls. If it is a construction that combines these systems, their behavior can be questionable.
  2. If the seller does not provide you with architectural, structural and plant plans, it is best to consider them of poor quality.
  3. Analyze the nearby buildings. If it is a department building, check everything externally.
  4. Hit the knuckles on walls, pillars, beams and structural elements and try to hear whether they are hollow or not. This is because it is sometimes difficult to identify design defects at a glance.
  5. Check the course of the property.
  6. Be careful with rooms of more than 10 floors.
  7. Ask if the land use is changing or if there is a commercial facility on the ground floor.
  8. If the building has an underground car park, this is positive as it creates more stability for the construction.
  9. Do not buy in a building Mezzanine there are no sufficient load-bearing walls.
  10. Go to an engineer to analyze the property.