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Let me begin by saying that home is where the heart is, right? And if you live in a metro like Mumbai, then probably your home is a part of the building which is co-owned by your neighbours. Still so many of us do not care about our buildings as a whole. We are very attached to each & every corner of our house and yet so indifferent to the health of our buildings. Dr. Fixit. organized a panel discussion recently to help us realize how we are destroying our societies by ignoring our buildings. With an endeavor to encourage CHS members into initiating timely structural audits and repairs, Dr. Fixit. from the House of Pidilite – the Waterproofing Expert has launched an initiative which focuses on “Building a Healthy Society” by raising awareness about the need of timely planning of repairs along with right diagnosis and expert solutions for the surface area.
The current state of mind of residents is such that they refuse to take care of the building they reside in. There is a constant need to diagnose and repair the buildings for their better health just like human beings. They cannot be left unattended. This leads to decay of buildings and they come crumbling down damaging life and property.
FACTS & FIGURES:
Mumbai has more than 50,000 cooperative housing societies but not even 10% of them undergo structural audit although strict municipal regulations exists in this regard. Out of these Co-operative Housing Society (CHS) in Mumbai, around 15,000-16,000 urgently need repairs according to CA Ramesh S. Prabhu – Chairman – MSWA.
REASONS FOR BUILDING COLLAPSES: Structural Failures & Application Failures
All corporate housing societies should undergo structural audit within specified timelines for proper diagnosis of the buildings. With technology driving innovation, each day brings new products and systems which can alter the conventional systems completely and bring about a revolutionary change in current practices. It is important to create awareness about the importance of modern construction techniques and materials.
ROLE OF DR. FIXIT.:
Dr. Fixit. helps to conduct the right diagnosis which helps in building healthy societies and thus solve problems faced by homeowner such as dampness and leakages.
Dr. Fixit. uses various State-of-the-Art techniques such as Non-Destructive tests and Concrete Petrography for evaluating existing concrete structures to measure the strength of concrete and if they need be replaced or rehabilitated. The technologies that are used not only detect water leakages in buildings but also provide analysis and interpretation of test results along with recommendations for remedial waterproofing.
Ashish Prasad, Chief Operating Officer – Construction Chemicals, Pidilite Industries Limited, Dr. Fixit., said, “Sub-standard construction practices, water leakage in homes and over-enthusiastic renovations by society members often lead to structural damages in a building. Our society needs to be aware that our buildings need maintenance and it is necessary to address the early signs of deterioration to the structures. Water seepage causes corrosion, distress, breaks the marriage of the concrete to the steel and that weakens the structure.
He added “Dr. Fixit., being a waterproofing expert provides end to end repairs and waterproofing solutions along with the right diagnosis of the problem. Building maintenance requires the right diagnostic tools and the right technical knowhow. We provide unique specialized solutions for each surface area as one solution cannot fit all of them.”
Dr. Fixit. provides innovative surface wise waterproofing solutions that not only benefit aesthetics but also keeps the building safe from any possible leakage and offers a respite from heat in summers as well. The innovative products that assist in perfect waterproofing for a long lasting structure includes Dr. Fixit. Newcoat, Dampguard, Raincoat & its specialist range of Structural Repair products. For more details: Dr. Fixit. (Get In Touch)