To ensure the safety of your family members and other visitors, the sidewalks of your home should always be clear of all types of trip factors. Trip hazards are really common on the patios or sidewalks where concrete is broken, shifted from tree roots, frosts or just natural formation or chipped. There are mainly two types of concretes- concretes, which crack and concrete, which is going to crack. According to the ADA, trip hazards present a legal liability. And by considering sidewalk trip hazard repair, it is possible for the homeowners to reduce the legal liabilities.
The main goal of repairing sidewalk trip hazard is to understand all the options that are available to the homeowners so that they can make a well-informed choice about the ideal investment for the property.
Now let’s have a look at the ways through which you can repair sidewalk trip hazards:
Grinding: A scarifier or a grinder grinds the concrete away to bring two slabs into an even plane. This is a really low-cost option and therefore can be used to repair the trip hazards between ¼ and 1 inch. But the negative point about this process is that it creates an unprofessional and rough appearance.
Ramping: Also called as patching, this sidewalk trip repairing process is a fast and low-cost option, where self-mix concrete is used to patch all the uneven areas between the concrete slabs. The patch then works as a rudimentary ramp, which creates a slope between two sidewalk slabs.
Cup grinding: In this process, a large angle grinder is utilized to grind down the high concrete to meet the low one. This method is expensive as it costs a lot to take the grinder on rent and this method also creates a lot of dust.
Mudjacking: This is the method of drilling small holes, which are generally less than 2”. This is mainly done to pump a type of cementitious blend below the concrete to raise that back to the level. This option is really affordable for the sidewalks, driveways and also for the large slabs of concrete, which measure 20’x20′ or more.
Saw cutting: In this process, a concrete cutting blade is used to cut through the trip hazard of the high concrete horizontally to make this flush with the lower level of concrete. The application of this method is quite limited by the angle, thickness and also the integrity of the concrete.