Most damage is caused by a combination of concept errors and errors in execution relating to the stability or the technical installations of buildings. Many problems of damp that occur are caused in the main by small errors in execution of work.

Damage in buildings occur every day

Murphy’s Law - Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong sooner or later.
Murphy’s Law is seen more as a joke among specialists than a real law, although this does not detract from the truth of its message. Murphy’s Law appears in a number of different forms, but in the main we can reduce them to :

1. If something an experiment can go wrong, it will go wrong.
2. If something goes wrong it will do so at the worst possible moment.
3. Murphy was a great optimist.
4. The greater the miracle, the less people will notice it. 

Because of the growing complexity of building processes, the increasing choice of materials and procedures, the fact that  buildings on ground with a good bearing capacity are increasingly rare, that professionals are put under increasing time pressure, the fact that the quality of building works have to meet increasingly restrictive norms, etc. ... there is an increasing risk of defects in buildings. 

Case study - stability 1 – building sinks up to 8 cm 

Building problems can be avoided 

Good preparations for building projects can eliminate most risks . The appointment of a Project Manager to monitor and coordinate all the activities involved in the building project will help guarantee the smooth running of the project. This person coordinates all the different partners involved in the project so that they carry out their responsibilities exactly as they should. Integral project management does not just ensure that the process runs smoothly, but also ensures that the work is monitored and that quality checks are carried out. 

It is possible to remedy building problems 

The fact that the damage has already been done, doesn’t mean that all is lost.
In best case scenarios, although these may be rare, appropriate action will be taken as soon as the problem has been observed. The damage is noted, the problem analysed, the cause identified and then the most suitable remedy proposed and carried out.

In most instances where there is a problem in the building process, the partners will try to place the blame for the damage on the other partners and all focus will concentrate on who is responsible rather than how the problem can be solved. 

Don’t let it get that far ! Because this will damage relationships between building partners which will stand in the way of finding a suitable solution. 

Call in the help of an independent expert as soon as possible. He or she will be able to act as a mediator between the two parties and thanks to their professional analysis of the situation , they will be able to reach a consensus between both parties about the most feasible technical solution to the problem. Only then will it be clear to you what you need to do and only then will you be able to address the parties who are responsible.