Taking care of your sidewalk by properly maintaining it is something that every home and business owner needs to make a priority. Trip and fall lawsuits are at an all-time high with the average claim and settlement being in excess of $28,000 — so repairing your sidewalk is much less expensive than the alternative. Sidewalk maintenance is important, and it is crucial that you consider your options before making any decisions.
Many people also think that the city owns the sidewalks and that they are responsible for maintaining the sidewalk, however most jurisdictions will tell you that you, the homeowner, are responsible for your sidewalks. If someone does trip and fall on your sunken sidewalk, the HOMEOWNER is responsible…NOT THE CITY.
Sometimes your sidewalk’s concrete will need to be removed and replaced due to delamination or degradation, age, or excessive cracks, but in most occasions professional concrete contractors can lift and level (Mudjack or Polyjack) your sidewalk back up and even the joints to prevent the trip and fall problems. When it comes to sidewalk maintenance, make sure you make an informed decision.
Sidwalk Maintenance Options
Broken edges here and there can be covered with dense concrete patches laced with cement and sand in the right quantities and mixed with a polymer resin to help bond to the existing concrete. If the damaged portion is more than the undamaged portion, you may have to remove and replace the existing concrete. Determining whether or not you can patch your sidewalk will provide you with the best overall results, sometimes cutting down on the costs of concrete replacement.
If your sidewalk has an uneven surface, you will want to get it leveled out as soon as possible. Failure to do so can create an unsafe environment that puts you and your visitors at risk for trip-related injuries and lawsuits. Depending on your needs, either Polyjacking or Mudjacking are both great solutions for these concrete issues. In just hours, both sidewalk treatments will have your surface lifted and level. If your sidewalk is exposed to a lot of moisture or you are concerned about the physical appearance of your concrete’s surface, Polyjacking is the best alternative for you. For other concrete concerns, make sure to consult a professional before making a decision.
Have a major trip hazard on your sidewalk? Concrete grinding may the perfect solution for you. This treatment is simple. It grinds down problem areas, creating an even sidewalk surface. Doing this not only salvages otherwise good concrete. It can also save you lots of money. Just how much will you save? Opting to grind your concrete is almost ten times cheaper than concrete replacement.
When it comes to sidewalk care, there are a number of great concrete solutions. Whether you have your concrete grinded, patched, lifted, or replaced, it is crucial that you fix any trip hazards that surface on your sidewalk.