Deciding whether to repair sidewalks is not as easy as other construction and renovation projects. First, there is the fact that the sidewalks that adjoin to most of our property were installed by the city or county council, and it is hard to understand who should, and when the repairs should be done. The issue of permits aside, it is also difficult to figure out how damaged the structure is, unless in the rare cases where catastrophes like floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes have completely ruined the structures. However, there are a few telltale signs that can act as an indicator that you need to replace your company’s sidewalks.
1. When there are missing pieces of the blocks
There are many things that can lead to the displacement of concrete blocks. These include poor first time installation, trauma to the affected part of the sidewalks, poor sealing and others. When there are missing pieces of the blocks, the surface becomes uneven and a hazard both to walk and drive on. To make matters worse, the open spaces will pool water and worsen the entire structure.
2. When there is water pocketing
When the blocks are holding water, it usually means that the material underlying the concrete is eroded. This happens when sealing is not done properly and porous material starts letting water seep in gradually. When it rains, the water keeps washing away the base material, creating more space for water to pool. The blocks will then take in this water and bulge in some places, making the sidewalk uneven.
3. When there is surface deterioration
Surface degradation is usually the worst case scenario in pavement problems. For a path to start appearing damaged, a lot has been happening in the inner layers of the structure over time. If you notice that the bricks are broken, concrete is cracked or the asphalt is starting to come loose on the surface forming portholes, a repair is long overdue.
Before you embark on any repairs of the sidewalk whether in the company or at home, it is important to note that you will need permission from the relevant authorities. Making repairs without consulting the concerned authorities could even lead to a lawsuit. But generally, the sidewalk adjacent to your property is your responsibility to maintain, and failure to can also lead to a lawsuit from local authorities. The moment you receive a sidewalk repair notice from the local authority, you should start planning repairs within the shortest time possible. After you have acquired the necessary permission to carry out the repairs, the next step will be getting a contractor skilled in the installation and maintenance of the structures. They will restore the structure to its original state.