Sidewalk, Curb, and Concrete Repair Guidelines for Shopping Centers and HOA

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) will ensure your business/property meets these important concrete repair guidelines.

In communities and neighborhoods throughout NJ, roadways, sidewalks, and curbing is constantly in the background of our everyday lives. Rush hour transportation, children walking to school, and pedestrian traffic can take its toll on the life of any concrete surface, especially in the Northeastern part of the country where snow, salt and plows add an extra element of wear and tear. Following the concrete repair guidelines listed below and replacing damaged and hazardous sidewalks and curbing in your neighborhood or business location can ensure safety for all.

Who Needs Concrete Replacement?

  • HOA’s and Condo Associations
  • Office Parks
  • Shopping & Retail Centers
  • Medical Offices

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) specializes in replacing damaged concrete aprons and sidewalks. Our team can expertly evaluate whether you need one section replaced or many sections. We are flexible and can work within your budget and time frame.


Sidewalks with a trip hazards, major cracks, significant spalling, and other deterioration should be replaced. A trip hazard is defined as cement or sidewalk with a significant height variation (usually 1” or more). Trip hazards can create a tripping hazard for your feet, bicycle, skateboard, or baby carriage. Community associations, public shopping centers, medical centers and office parks should all be wary of tripping hazards for customers, residents, and visitors.


Major cracks where a piece of concrete missing in service walks, sidewalks and walkways indicate the need for concrete replacement. If the expansion joint has eroded away or even small hairline cracks appear in the sideway, it should be replaced. Areas that show significant pitching, which indicates settling, should be examined by a professional to evaluate the problem.


Concrete curbing with cracking and settling should be replaced. This includes concrete aprons in shopping, retail or office locations. Curbs with cracking and settling with obvious low spots, as well as raised areas, should be replaced immediately. Curbing in the Northeast has extra wear and tear and damage because of snowplows. If only a small section needs replacing, a section of the curb can be cut out and replaced. C&L Services can examine the damaged areas and will outline the details of repairing and replacing sections that need attention.


The lowest section of a driveway in many communities are concrete (concrete apron) and periodically need to be replaced. If the apron is old, cracked and deteriorating it should be replaced along with the adjacent curb and sidewalk on each side.


Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) does a wide variety of concrete-related work including sidewalks, curb/inlet repair, ramp areas, and much more. We have a professionally trained crew in place to handle all your concrete needs.

Following the above concrete repair guidelines will help beautify your property and reduce your chance of liability by making your property safer, more attractive and reducing the chance that faulty concrete will cause other unwanted maintenance problems.

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) covers a service area that includes all Counties of New Jersey. To see our full list of essential services call 908.730.7888 (North Jersey) or 732.886.1940 (South Jersey) or CLICK HERE!

Concrete Repair: Why Inlets Collapse and What To Do About It

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Concrete Repair – Durable But Not Everlasting

Concrete is known to be a very strong,  exceptionally durable material used in construction. These are the characteristics that make concrete water inlets perfect for drainage or flowing rain water even in places of high traffic, such as paved streets, car parks, parking lots, footpaths, sidewalks, and roofs.

A typical concrete inlet features a grate that filters out the debris trapped in rainwater from entering and blocking the storm drain. The grate also prevents vehicles, people, and larger objects from falling into the culvert.

See our images of concrete inlets and inlet repair.

Can Concrete Inlets Get Damaged?

Despite being dependable and durable, concrete inlets can fail, posing risks to people and animals who might fall into sink holes caused by the collapse of the inlet. When larger pieces of debris, leaves or construction materials find their way into the inlets, the drainage water backs up into the street or pathway.

This “backed-up” water seeps into the cracks between the inlet and the pavement and can cause erosion of the sub-strata. If this erosion is extreme, the inlet and supporting structure can fail and the concrete repair can be quite costly. In addition, the erosion to the surrounding the pavement, sidewalk, or groundcover can cause large sinkholes that would also need to be filled, compacted, and reseeded.

Here are some of the main reasons why inlets collapse and what concrete repair measures are necessary to restore the inlets.

Reason 1: Structural Failure

Although concrete is the most dependable material to use in making inlet aprons and boxes, improper concrete mixing and pouring may leave weak spots after the concrete has cured.

These weak points are often difficult to spot in concrete but you can minimize risks by choosing high-quality factory-made precasts that have been tested for strength and consistency.

When it comes to concrete repair, poured-in-place casts must be designed to meet site-specific requirements including reinforcement and environmental conditions necessary for the concrete to dry properly.

Reason 2: Functional Failure

When a concrete inlet is poorly designed, it can collapse because it can’t handle the pressure of drainage water or when the load on the grates is too high.

When the inlet cover is installed without proper preparation or when the grates are too thin or too far apart, functional failure is possible. Such functional faults can be repaired before too much damage is done.

For effective and long lasting concrete repair, review and adjust for site-specific factors such as traffic, amount of water and debris, geographic features and environmental factors that affect the runoff water.

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Reason 3: Poor Maintenance

Like every other drainage system, a concrete inlet must be properly maintained to prolong its life and enhance its efficiency. This means that debris must be cleaned away from the grate after storms, smaller particles that build up must be cleaned out, and the entire drainage system must route the water to where it is designed.

A concrete repair process must include the use of a sufficiently large vault system, properly sized pipes, and maintenance access in the design for ongoing maintenance.

Concrete repair of collapsed inlets is a chance to fix all the problems that caused the collapse in the first place. These tips can be a starting point when assessing and repairing a collapsed or ineffective drainage inlet system.

Do you have an inlet in need of concrete repair?  Is your inlet sagging, cracked or not operating properly?  Call us at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to assess your needs and guide you to the proper level of inlet concrete repair.

Concrete Repair and Revitalization by C&L Services – Sidewalks, Curbing, and Roadways

With winter on the way and temperatures about to drop below freezing, it may be a good time to check your concrete areas to make sure they do not need replacement or repairing before the cold sets in.

Concrete and cement repair and replacement services has been one of the specialized services that C&L Services has offered to their clients for decades. Our experienced team of personnel will manage your project from start to finish.

C&L Services can repair or replace your damaged roadways, sidewalks, and curbs to ensure safety and increase curb appeal for motorists and pedestrians. The most common forms of concrete repair or total replacement include:

  • Patios
  • Roadways
  • Steps and Stairs
  • Driveways
  • Sidewalks
  • Curbs
  • Inlets

Residential Concrete Repair for Property Managers & Community Associations

Whether the job is patching a section of concrete within your community or shopping center or replacing a driveway or roadway, C&L Services is a trusted name for all of your pavement maintenance work. Our goal is to help our clients understand the project’s scope and pricing at every step of the process. A quality project that is done quickly and correctly means the neighborhood looks great and also ensures a safe environment.

Commercial Concrete Repair for Shopping Centers and Office Parks

Our goal is to complete your repair project on time and on budget. Our crews can handle all of your projects, including replacing sections of sidewalk, repairing handicap ramps, and simple curbing projects. Our experienced team uses the highest quality concrete and construction methods to ensure your repairs will stand the test of time.

If you are searching for a pavement maintenance company in New Jersey, call upon C&L Services to beautify your property and reduce the chance of unwanted and unexpected maintenance repairs in the future. To learn more about how we can replace and repair your concrete, call (732) 886-1940 in Central NJ or (908) 730-7888 in Northern NJ.

About C&L Services

Since 1971, C&L Services has been NJ’s top choice for all of your pavement maintenance needs. Our full spectrum of services includes street sweeping, garage scrubbing, power washing, concrete repair, asphalt repair, and a host of other pavement maintenance services.

C&L Services boasts a fleet of state of the art street sweepers, property maintenance, and pavement maintenance equipment and is ready to tackle the toughest projects. We are a family owned and operated business and as a result, customer service is our primary focus.

For more information you can visit our website at or give us a call at (732) 886-1940.

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.

Concrete Repair – Ensuring a Smooth Project with Office and Shopping Center Logistics

Concrete Repair – A Project Management Challenge

concrete repair logistics - sweeping.comA professional concrete repair project is a combination of smaller detailed tasks that demand focused attention and thoughtful coordination.

What makes a repair job successful is the effectiveness of the logistics applied not only in the concrete repair project but other factors such as ensuring the property tenants and the general public experience as little inconvenience as possible.

Effective logistics involves the coordination of a variety of activities involving third-parties, private and public facilities, and materials.

Planning and coordinating these elements to ensure that the concrete repair project is completed smoothly is a logistical challenge.

However, you can avoid complaints from tenants and property owners when conducting concrete repair and reduce inconvenience to tenants by following three important lessons:

Concrete Repair – You Cannot Communicate Enough

Start your communication about the project in advance to all the parties affected and maintain a feedback channel so you can identify potential problems in advance.

It’s important to ensure that a concrete repair project is completed on time, on a budget, and with minimal complaints from anyone affected. Aim to communicate 2-4 weeks before the start of a concrete repair project.

Notify as many tenants as possible and post public notices about the scheduled concrete repair project, who is responsible for coordinating it, where the repair is going to occur, and who to contact for more information or issues.

Provide a phone number, an email address, and your office location in all communications. Write official notices to property owners on paper and via email and have them delivered to the tenants. It is also important to post notices on conspicuous locations as early as two weeks before the repairs begin.

A few days before the actual start of the repairs, post construction warnings around the project location and ensure compliance with official permit requirements.

If necessary, conduct a pre-construction meeting with the property owner and local officials to show the measures you have put in place to ensure the public is safe from all the equipment and materials.

Concrete Repair – Equipment and Materials

Have the equipment and materials needed for the repair delivered in advance and stored in a secure location that does not impede traffic or cause inconvenience (using up parking spaces where parking is at a premium should be avoided if possible).

The tools and equipment for use in the project should be on stand-by for delivery to project location before the actual start of the repair tasks.

Safety and barrier equipment should be delivered and erected in advance – preferably one to two days ahead. These may include barricade tapes, signs, mesh barriers, surface protection, and cones.

The rest of the equipment may be delivered “just in time” or when there is the least amount of traffic for property entries and exits.

Construction material and repair materials can be heavy and potentially unsafe, therefore erosion control systems and first aid kits should be part of the materials supplied.

Concrete Repair – The Right People for the Job

Make sure all key personnel have schedules and know their responsibilities in advance.

The members of the repair team should have all the details of the project as well as identities of the key personnel involved.

At this point, it is may be necessary to put in place other forms of communication that the public cannot ignore, such as a flagman directing traffic with a stop/go sign.

The on-site supervisor should be communicating with the appropriate security personnel and the police (if needed).

Professional concrete repair teams deliver results in the shortest time when they are least distracted.

Creating this environment to enable safe and professional repairs will not only reduce the inconvenience to tenants and the public but will also reduce potential cost overruns of the project.

Do you need an experienced concrete repair contractor? Give us a call at 732-886- 1940 to discuss your project.  We have extensive experienced in a variety of challenging projects, both large and small and can serve your needs for concrete repair.

Commercial Property Maintenance – What is the Purpose?

Property Maintenance – Not A Once In A While Event

property maintenance reasons - sweeping.comEffective property maintenance requires various processes ranging from simple day-to-day cleaning and repairs to replacing sections of the buildings, entries and parking lots.

In order to restore your business premises to its most appealing presence, start with a full inspection of the property and analysis of any visual wear and tear or damage. Particular attention is needed in high traffic areas (either foot or vehicle) to identify and eliminate hazardous conditions.

Property maintenance – Why is it important?

Deficiencies in property maintenance can generate legal cost far greater than the cost of consistent maintenance. Cracks in concrete cause people to trip and fall. Potholes in parking lot pavement can be a nuisance to drivers and cyclists.

Aside from safety, there are a number of other reasons why it is important that maintenance issues are fixed properly and in a timely manner.

Property maintenance improves its curb appeal

Most commercial property owners understand that when it comes to businesses and potential customers, you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

Therefore, continuous property maintenance in your place of business keeps the grounds and buildings looking clean, fresh, and in good repair. This is an excellent way to create a lasting positive first impression on customers and tenants.

Considering that the parking area, the pavement, and the entries are the first places customers see when entering your business, keeping them in a tip-top condition is a great way to convey a message of responsibility, attention to detail, and concern for safety.

Property maintenance is an excellent way to preserve the value of your property

A commercial property is a very large investment you made to provide value to tenants, clients, and to you as the property owner. The best decision you can make today is to keep such a high-cost and long-term asset in good repair and looking good to project its actual value to everyone who uses it.

Responsible property owners and managers schedule a regular thorough inspection of interiors and exteriors. This is in addition to the traditional maintenance services such as portering (trash removal), filling cracks in pavement and walkways, sweeping, cleaning, pothole repair, and line stripping.

Property Maintenance saves you money

If you have heard and understood the phrase “don’t be penny wise and pound foolish”, you already know that it is wiser to spend a small amount of money over time to preserve and protect a property rather than a large expenditure when some element of the property fails prematurely.

When you notice a lifted shingle, cracked seam or damaged siding, it is a sign to get it fixed before it turns into a water intrusion issue, which if not fixed, will grow into stained, moldy, unsightly issue that will cost far more than the initial fix.

When it comes to pavements or walkways, if you notice a small crack, it is a sign that you need to get it fixed before it turns into a pothole or trip hazard, which if not fixed, will metamorphose into a crate that will cost you a fortune to repair (or a legal issue which will cost both money and time). Potholes and cracks are easy and cheap to fix and it is a good a business decision to have a small budget for such an eventuality rather than wait to replace several yards of pavement or concrete in the long run.

Property Maintenance – The Right Measures

The term “property maintenance” can mean different things to different business and property owners. What is important is to understand what measures you must put in place to ensure that large repairs are minimized or prevented before they happen.

Here’s a link to some of our other related property maintenance articles.

Do you have questions about property maintenance?  Would you like to save time (and money) by having a professional look at your property?  Give us a call at 732-886-1940,  We’ll be glad to talk and show you why it a good business decision to invest in property maintenance

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