Earthquake again struck the country and everyone’s going gaga over it. Whether you’ve felt it or not, the next series of actions you need to do is to check your place. Starting with your house from inside going out, if you find something “new” to the normal thing that you used to, take a photo, measure and ask for an expert opinion and advise to determine if it’s life threatening or not. Here are some you can do to ensure everything’s working just fine…
- Look for cracks on the floors, walls and ceilings if your house is a multi storey. And if its more than a normal width of a hairline cracks seek the expert opinion.
- Check the service entrance of your electrical supply above that post if still as tight as before, wobbling cables could pulled those connections during strong shakes. Ask for the tape re-insulation to rule-out loose connection.
- Did you hear a burst of water somewhere? Check the water meter, running fast? Busted pipe somewhere or faucet came loose as whenever there’s an earthquake water pressure reacts and cause the pipes to struggle with a load more than it can hold.
- If you’re house is like an aquarium, call the service providers to put corrections to portions that mis-aligned and re-apply sealant if needed. Of course broken glass panes need an outright replacement.
- Bring down those heavy mementos placed above head until after no aftershocks are recorded, this way… injuries will be prevented and losing that memorable souvenirs is abated.
- Look carefully around, is the house still standing plumbed relative to the floor? Use a level-bar to ensure vertical alignment if its not, call an expert to get insights and make a thorough actual inspection how to do the necessary repair.
As man is no match with natural disasters, what we can do is to lessen if not eliminate the unnecessary things that can continue to contribute to potential injurious damage once a ground shake occurs. Take care Everyone !
Your common sense is your best tool in every disastrous event. – Paquito