The value of an asset increases only when the property is kept in good condition. This means, no cracks or dampness in the house. The windows and doors aren’t warp and rotten and closes evenly. To maintain your house in good condition for life long, the base of the house should be taken care of. Foundation is the heart of the house that is build with heavy concrete slabs. With too much pressure, moist soil and natural calamities like earthquake, the slabs move from their position, swell, shrink or crack.
There are many companies who try to make money by giving you only one solution of replacing concrete. It can be a costly affair so you need other general options to repair them in limited budget. Let’s take the sidewalks that are prepared with concrete slabs. They bear pressure everyday and are open to every weather condition.
The chances of cracks and unevenness in these slabs on sidewalks are common which leads to tripping and falling. This is the reason why sidewalk trip hazard repair is essential to avoid any dangers and damage.
Here is the main reason to get it repaired immediately –
- An uneven slab can risk the chance of tripping of anyone. It can be your friends, family, guests or a kid on his bike.
- If it isn’t repaired immediately this problem can increase which can lead to complete replacement of slab that can cost you money.
- A good and plain sideways leaves a good impression.
- It also helps in maintaining an overall value of the property.
- Helps in preventing the violation of building code. Sinking slab or protruding slabs can be dangerous and you can have to pay penalty to someone who gets hurt by tripping.
Here are different ways of repairing concretes of sidewalks –
- Replacing concrete
- Level the slab with scarifier
Under this process, the entire damaged slab is removed and new slab is poured in the space. The new slab has to be of same size, width and length otherwise, it wouldn’t fit properly which will again show uneven flooring. This is an expensive affair because not just one slab is removed but at least two uneven slabs and some of surrounding slabs are removed. Apart from being expensive, it takes lot of time as new concrete takes a month at least to dry. This means the sidewalk is closed for days creating trouble for people passing by.
Level the slab with scarifier
The scarifier is a machine that removes the tripping portion of slab and brings it into level. The uneven slab is not removed and also the surface isn’t left slippery. This way the work done is less time consuming and less costly. However, the main problem is within the concrete slab which is either the moist soil or uneven flooring, which is left untouched. This can cause the problem to arise again and again.
Thus, now that we know, repairing of any concrete slab isn’t difficult but, can also be done with general methods. Therefore, don’t waste time and contact an engineer, who can raise the value of your asset.