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How to Address Trip Hazards in Your Neighborhood or Property


Properly identifying trip hazards is key to a complete assessment and repair plan.

Williamsburg, VA (PRWEB) October 31, 2012

Trip hazards can create significant financial liabilities for communities and commercial properties. Multiple methods exist for trip hazard repair, including concrete leveling, also known as slab jacking or mud jacking, concrete grinding, or replacement.

What is a trip hazard? Anything that can make some trip is a trip hazard, such as height differences between adjacent pieces of sidewalk, sidewalks dropped below the top of adjacent curbs, or sidewalks settled around storm water drains.

Painting trip hazards with eye-catching paint isn't recommended; while it seems logical to call attention to a hazard for it to be avoided, painting trip hazards may also draw the eye of opportunistic individuals looking for a financial payout.

The first step to properly repairing trip hazards to make your property or community safer is to identify the trip hazards. The best method for identifying the magnitude of trip hazards at your property is to walk the entire common area and measure and photograph each spot.

Because different methods of repairs are available to fix trip hazards, it is important to identify which spots are best repaired with which method. For example, settled concrete that has not broken up is easily and cost-effectively repaired using slab jacking. Significantly broken concrete is best replaced. Trip hazards resulting from poor installation quality or tree roots are often best addressed by grinding or replacement.

A contractor who has the capability to complete multiple types of trip hazard repairs will help ensure that your property gets the most economical, effective repairs.

Slab jacking repairs trip hazards by injecting material under uneven concrete to raise the concrete up. Concrete grinding cuts the top off of the concrete to create a smooth transition, but does not address settlement and usually involves damaging adjacent concrete. Replacement is the most expensive method for repairing trip hazards, but with an experienced contractor is essentially error proof in repairing trip hazards.

About Concrete Jack: Concrete Jack is based in Williamsburg, Virginia, and serves Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington DC, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Concrete Jack's crews install lightweight cellular concrete, high density polyurethane and sand-based grout, typically referred to as slabjacking. Concrete Jack's experienced crews lift thousands of square feet of concrete each month to repair trip hazards. Concrete Jack offers free trip hazard assessments for businesses, communities and homeowners.

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