Cost Effective Walkway Repair
Cost Effective Walkway Repair is becoming more and more the preferred method of handling Trip Hazards in an existing sidewalk.
Precision Concrete Cutting offers a comprehensive, state-of-the-art method of aCost Effective Walkway Repair that could potentially save your organization thousands of dollars. Firstly, repairing your trip hazards will help you avoid costs associated with fines or lawsuits from injuries. However, the largest savings come from precision Concrete Cutting’s patented Cutting process. Rather than completely removing your damaged walkway panels, we cut, smooth, and clean the area connecting the panels with a trip hazard so that a height differential no longer exists between the affected panels. This brings the existing concrete into ADA compliance, totally avoiding a complete sidewalk overhaul and saving your organization an exponential amount of money.
To understand why this method is being used, it first helps to understand what a trip hazard is. A trip hazard isn’t just a generic term for when part of a sidewalk subjectively looks like it might be dangerous- it is an actual Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) guideline with specific definitions. The ADA defines a trip hazard as an abrupt change in at least 1/4″ in the differences of verticle level on a designated walking platform, such as a sidewalk or walkway. Trip hazards can be extremely dangerous to anyone but pose a particular danger to people with disabilities that hinder their movement.
What to look out for:
By far, the most common trip hazards are broken sidewalks- particularly at the cracks or joints of the different slabs. Over time as a sidewalk gets older and sees more changes in elements and experiences inclement weather, bumps, cracks, and areas of the ground beneath the sidewalk change and cause it to break and often “push up” at the joints of the slabs. This eventually results in the trip hazards described above. The ADA requires by law that trip hazards in public walkways, such as sidewalks, be dealt with to eliminate the safety issues caused by them, and generally make the lives of those with disabilities easier. Not only is it the law, but it’s the right thing to do. If your organization has trip hazards on-site and fails to comply with ADA regulations, this could result in a Fine. In the worst cases, Trip Hazards can cause injuries to those affected, harming them physically and causing financial compensation to be sought against your organization. It’s clear that Trip Hazards cannot be left unattended, and unresolved.
Precision Concrete Cutting offers a far better, and less expensive way than a replacement to fix your sidewalk and walkways bringing them into ADA compliance. Call today to learn how we can cut, shave and smooth out any uneven portion so that they fall into Sidewalk Compliance from the ADA.