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The Hidden Dangers of RAAC Concrete: Why Building Safety Inspections are Crucial


Introduction


The issue of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC), a construction material widely used between the 1950s and 1990s, has recently gained significant attention. A [Sky News article](https://www.skynews.com) highlighted that unsafe concrete has been found not just in schools, but also in hospitals, courts, and shopping centers. RAAC was initially favored for its cost-effectiveness and lightweight properties but has now been found to have a limited lifespan of about 30 years. With an increasing number of buildings at risk, safety inspections are more critical than ever. Here's why you should be concerned and how our building safety inspection services can help.


What is RAAC Concrete?


RAAC is a 'bubbly,' lightweight concrete material that gained popularity for its cost-efficiency. Primarily used in flat roofs, this material was later adopted for walls and floors. However, reports have now identified structural deficiencies in RAAC, raising red flags about its durability and safety.


The Risks


A report by the Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures warns that RAAC has been widely used in public buildings like schools and hospitals. This issue escalated in 2018 when a primary school's roof collapsed without warning. Due to these risks, hundreds of buildings, both public and private, are potentially unsafe and require immediate attention.



Why Choose Our Building Safety Inspections?


- **Expertise**: Our team of experts is trained to identify RAAC material and evaluate its condition.

- **Comprehensive Assessment**: We don't just spot the problem; we provide solutions.

- **Risk-based Approach**: We prioritize areas based on the level of risk, ensuring that critical issues are addressed first.


The Ultimate Checklist for Building Owners


1. **Initial Self-Assessment**: Check construction documents to see if RAAC materials were used.

2. **Consult an Expert**: If RAAC is identified, consult a building safety expert immediately.

3. **Conduct a Preliminary Inspection**: Before a full inspection, a preliminary one can identify visibly hazardous areas.

4. **Full Safety Inspection**: This should be done by certified professionals like us. We will provide a detailed report and action plan.

5. **Immediate Action**: If RAAC is found to be in a deteriorating condition, immediate remedial actions are necessary.


Conclusion: Don't Gamble with Safety


In the current scenario, it's not just about compliance; it's about safeguarding lives. Our safety inspection services offer comprehensive, risk-based evaluations that can potentially avert disasters. An up-to-date inspection not only keeps the building's occupants safe but also serves as a compliance document that can be crucial if an accident occurs.


Don't wait for an accident to happen. Contact us now for a thorough building safety inspection. Because when it comes to safety, prevention is always better than cure.


**Contact us now to schedule your building safety inspection.**


_Your safety is our priority._


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