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

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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

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

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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.

Concrete 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.

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.

When this happens, concrete repair for the inlet grate, culvert and apron can be quite costly. In addition, the erosion on the surrounding the pavement, sidewalk, or groundcover can cause large sinkholes that would also need to be

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.

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 609-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to assess your needs and guide you to the proper level of inlet concrete repair.