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.

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

concrete repair - inlets - sweeping.comConcrete 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.

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.

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