In the state of California, a new ordinance came into effect which requires homeowners to get their balconies inspected. This ordinance was enacted to help those who use balconies feel safe about using their balconies. To know whether you are subject to comply, there are a couple of things you must consider. How many units, what kind of balconies you own, and especially how were they constructed are all important questions to ask to determine if you need to comply. This ordinance is especially important to those who own wooden EEE, but what if you have a concrete balcony? In today’s blog, we are going to be discussing different types of cracks in concrete columns which could be in your concrete balcony and why they are caused.
There are four types of cracks on Balcony that can arise in your concrete and need your attention.
1. Diagonal Cacks,
2. Horizontal Cracks
3. Splitting Cracks
4. Corrosion Cracks.
To begin with, diagonal cracks are cracks which form a diagonal shape within the concrete. These cracks are seen more common and are often caused by overload of weight or load on the concrete. Horizontal cracks are cracks which are formed more commonly at junctions of beam columns. The cracks are most found at junctions where the most stress or force is inflicted. Splitting cracks are cracks formed within the concrete also due to reaching its max load carrying capacity. These cracks form many tiny, small parallel vertical cracks. Lastly, we have corrosion cracks. Corrosion cracks are formed within the lines of the columns of the concrete and form because of possible reinforcement corrosion.
In order to comply with California SB326 and SB721, it is very important that homeowners hire a balcony inspector to ensure their balconies and exterior elevated elements are safe for human use. Here at EEE Advisor we provide homeowners with a free evaluation before sending our proposal. Make sure to check us out and he can not only help you comply with California Balcony Laws SB326 and SB721, but we can ensure your tenants are safe for balcony usage.