1. Identify the cause: Determine what is causing the railing to loosen, such as loose screws or nails, rot, or structural damage. 2. Remove the railing: If necessary, remove the railing from its mounting bracket. 3. Repair the damage: Address any damage to the mounting bracket, such as rot or corrosion, by replacing or repairing it. 4. Reinforce the railing: If the railing is wobbly, reinforce it by adding extra screws or brackets to secure it in place. 5. Reinstall the railing: Reinstall the railing, making sure it is securely fastened to the mounting bracket. 6. Check stability: Push or shake the railing to ensure it is secure and stable. 7. Repeat the process: If necessary, repeat the process for any other loose railings on the balcony. 8. Regularly inspect: Regularly inspect the balcony and railings to catch any potential problems early and maintain their safety and stability.
When performing any safety inspections, only a few units must be tested yearly to meet compliance. However, the problem with SB721 and SB326 is how to clearly determine what those percentages mean and what number(s) they represent. For example, SB721, a beginning inspection, calls for a 15 percent sample of each type of EEE in an apartment complex to be inspected. Six years later, for round two, another sample of 15 percent must be randomly selected for testing. The following unclear example is for SB326. It applies directly to condos. The bill requires a "statistically significant sample" with 95 percent confidence, give or take 5 percent. What does all that mean exactly? Lots of HOAs would like to know.
Call an exterior elevated element contractor, balcony inspection company, or a structural engineering firm to sort it out. Get to know how these laws apply to apartments, condos, and all other multifamily dwellings. It is better than paying a steep fine for non-compliance in 2025.