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Creepers clinging to walls not safe for structure

NEMMANI SRIDHAR
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Houses adorned with creepers might give a feeling of getting close to nature for many, but these creepers actually prove to be a bane for the structure itself, building experts argue. Nemmani Sreedhar takes a look

Lurking Danger: Due to the constant pressure of moisture and small animals and birds that these creepers inadvertently attract, the structure would deteriorate faster.
Lurking Danger: Due to the constant pressure of moisture and small animals and birds that these creepers inadvertently attract, the structure would deteriorate faster.

Houses adorned with creepers might look good but these creepers actually prove to be a bane for the structure itself, building experts argue. Due to the constant presence of moisture and the small animals and birds that these creepers inadvertently attract, the structure deteriorates faster.

The first thing that one should do to safeguard a structure is to remove the creepers clinging to it, construction material expert L.H. Rao says. One can often see the strains caused by the growth of vegetation, be it a creeper or a plant ,in a small crack in the building and these stains herald a slew of problems for the structure.

A badly stained building is not just an eye sore; it also means that the building is actually ‘bleeding’. The stains could be because of excessive leakage of water, corrosion stains or because of the action of the atmospheric elements resulting in ‘lime leeching’ that results from the reaction of calcium present in cement and atmospheric carbon dioxide.

NEMMANI SRIDHAR


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