Winter damage is not limited to spalling or deterioration. The freeze-thaw cycles can also move concrete slabs. The power of water freezing beneath a slab is tremendous. The melted snow is gravity fed beneath the slabs, through open and unprotected joints. From there, the water freezes and expands, up to 5 times its size.
The Hydraulic pressure of the expanding freezing water can easily move slabs up from their original position. This uneven portion of a walkway or patio is called a “Tripper”.
Trippers can be a fall hazard to your customers or visitors. Many people have sustained injuries due to falls on impaired concrete and heaved concrete slabs. The liability is shared amongst the property owners, the property management companies, and the business owners.
Don’t let a potential lawsuit find you. Call us immediately if you have a dangerous or potential liable situation at your place of business or residence. If you are an insurance agent reading this, please contact all your clients and advise them to do a site inspection of all the concrete on the property before a claim arises.
In the event of discovering a trip hazard, DiamondKote® can perform some emergency “surgery” to the concrete. We can grind down edges and portions of slabs that are raised, eliminating the trip hazard liability instantly. Send us with photos on our Quick Estimate page and we can asses the damage and come up with a plan for repair quickly and efficiently.