Builders Concrete Repairs – Three Situations Where You Need a Specialist

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Even freshly poured concrete can crack!

When building communities or commercial properties, most builders usually do not have an immediate need for concrete repairs.

As part of the process of building homes, condominiums, commercial properties builders hire masons and concrete companies to provide concrete as part of the construction process. 

These subcontractors pour concrete for basements, slabs, entry steps, sidewalks and curbs.

Generally, new concrete is a durable material and rarely does a builder need concrete repairs in the process of building the community or commercial property.

However, there are three situations that may be faster and more cost effective for builders when faced with issues requiring concrete repairs.

Builders’ concrete repairs – Situation #1, Large Contractors and Small Repairs.

Larger contractors are built to provide high capacity services. 

What this means is that concrete providers and masons are very skilled at providing products and services at a larger scale. 

For example, when a builder is going to pour the slab for a shopping center, the mason and concrete supplier provide labor and materials for large volume concrete pour over the course several days.  This is what these contractors are good at and do well.

After the slab has been poured and the concrete has cured, these contractors consider the part of the project complete.  For profitability, they quickly move on to the next large project (basement pours for residential developers, parking garage pours commercial developers, etc.)

If any of the concrete elements that they have poured becomes damaged after they are completed, it can be difficult to get their personnel back to repair it.

It’s not that they can’t do it, just that it’s not what they generally do, and scheduling call back can be difficult.  Especially during the peak building months in the northeast (March through September)

It’s faster and perhaps less expensive to hire a specialist in builders concrete repairs to take care of the issue.

Builders Concrete Repairs – Situation #2, Repairs for Model Parks.

You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression. 

Builders spend enormous amounts of money creating model parks that will attract potential buyers and create the desire for them to buy the homes they are building.

You’ve heard the old term “what you see is what you get” and if buyers see anything less than perfection, they think that that’s what they’re getting.  And buyers want perfection.

So model parks have to be visually perfect…no chipped curbs, no cracked sidewalks, no broken stairways.

If at any time a flaw in the concrete appears, then concrete repairs must be initiated immediately and professionally.  This is where an expert in builders’ concrete repairs provides a great deal of value.

Builders Concrete Repairs – Situation  #3, Repairs During HOA Transition.

After the last home is built in a community that requires a homeowner’s association, there is a transition period where the builder will transfer ownership and responsibilities of the association to  community residents.

Prior to the transfer, residents who make up the new board will conduct an inspection of the community (usually with an engineer) and require any flaws or defects in the common elements be repaired by the builder before they’ll accept responsibility for the homeowner’s association.

This can be contentious transition, but it doesn’t have to be. 

Communities that require concrete repairs (or other unfinished constructuion issues) can result in adversarial relationship that could result even higher costs due to delays or possible litigation.  The longer it takes to transfer the HOA, the more irritated the residents get and the potential for other problems stented.

A professional in builders concrete repairs helps expedite the transition and potentially lowers costs.

Are you a builder and do you need expert concrete repairs?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company.

We have been providing pavement maintenance services to builders, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include asphalt repairasphalt milling,  and pavement maintenance.

We can service your construction site with a variety of concrete repair and maintenance services keep your residents happy.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for asphalt repairs.

Power Washing for Homeowners Associations – It Takes a Big Crew

Power washing the buildings in a community is like feeding a large group of people. This may seem like a strange analogy, but let me continue.

For example, what would you do if you were selected to create an event where you had to feed 1000 people?

You would probably gather a team of experts chefs, food preparation specialists, and service people.  Then you would plan the menu, gather all the ingredients, prepare the food, and coordinate the service.

You realize that it would take a decent of planning, preparation and execution to guarantee an enjoyable event.

The process you would use to feed a lot of people is the same process you should use for power washing a large number of homes.

Power Washing for Homeowners Associations – It’s Just Water Isn’t It?

Many people see pictures of maintenance personnel power washing the exterior walls of the building.  It looks pretty simple doesn’t it? Just fill up tank full of water, attach it to a power washing tool, and spray away.

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But looks can be deceiving.

What people don’t see is all the planning, preparation, and practice that has gone into that power washing picture.

Power Washing for Homeowners Associations – The Planning Phase

Before spraying a single drop of water on a building you have to know how many buildings, what size buildings, where to park  your power washer (it’s probably going to be a big one), when you need to start, when you need to end, how many skilled people you need to get the job done within the time allotted. 

You also have to consider safety issues such as being careful not to power wash off important pieces of the building, not to power wash into somebody’s open window (car or house) and what to do if you encounter something unexpected.

Examples of unexpected situations include pulling into the community to set up the power washing job only to find one of the parking lots blocked by a large moving van loading or unloading for a resident.

Or finding that either water or electricity are not available that day because of utility work . 

Yes we’ve encountered these both of these unexpected obstacles.

Power Washing for Homeowners Association – The Preparation Phase

Power washing preparation - sweeping.comBefore firing up that power washer, you have to know how much water you need, how fast you’ll use it, and how much cleaning solution you’ll need for the water. 

You also have to know the capacity of the water tank , the skill level of your personnel, the age and mechanical condition of the power washing unit.

And have we mentioned communication? You’ll need to let any and all affected parties know about the power washing project well in advance of the power washing project date?

The communication preparation is probably the most important part of the power washing project.  It is also ironic that the communication aspect of most projects gets the least attention and yet causes the most problems!

Power Washing for Homeowners Associations – Project Execution

Referring back to the food preparation analogy we used at the start of this article, if you have knowledgeable, skilled personnel who are included in creating the plan and committed workers who are committed to making sure that everything goes smoothly,  you end up having a very satisfactory event.

Power washing results - sweeping.comThis is the same with power washing.  With the right planning, preparation, knowledge, and skill, a Homeowners Association power washing project will go smoothly and have a great outcome.

That is, clean buildings, happy residents that have not been inconvenienced, and homeowners Association dollars are being well spent .

Are you a homeowner Association looking for skilled power washing experts?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing property maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services also include community sweepingpavement maintenanceseal coating, and line striping.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your residents happy.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for HOA power washing.