Repair Sidewalk Trip Hazards

TRIP HAZARD REPAIR ON A RESIDENTIAL SIDEWALK

Trip hazard on a residential concrete walk
created by a sunken slab in the sidewalk
Side view of the repair: the sidewalk trip hazard
completely disappears using Fusion-Crete!
Trip hazards will always present an unsightly liability, both in residential and commercial properties. Luckily, there’s Fusion-Crete -- a quick and economical product for sidewalk trip hazard repair. Fusion-Crete can be used to quickly level uneven concrete to fix sidewalk trip hazards and to correct concrete drainage problems. Fusion-Crete is a great solution for businesses that cannot afford to lose access to their buildings with the long curing time and invasive equipment needed for tear-out and replacement of sidewalk trip hazards.

Let’s face it. Sidewalks settle. In the image above (left), you can see the sidewalk has settled, causing an uneven surface between the slabs. This presented a moderate trip hazard for the homeowner and guests and a call to a contractor for sidewalk trip hazard repair.

Fusion-Crete was perfect for this fix. In the image above (right), Fusion-Crete mortar has been applied in a sloping overlay (from the lower side of the sunken slab) and feathered out into the higher part of the concrete section, maintaining control joints. This evened the surface – quickly and effectively repairing the problem.

Using this overlay modified with Fusion-Crete, the trip hazard was fixed in less than 90 minutes and the cost of the materials used for the repair was under $10! The homeowner is pleased to have a durable and economical fix for the unsightly concrete problem, while also eliminating the safety and liability issues.

 

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SIDEWALK TRIP HAZARD REPAIR AT BANK BUILDING ENTRANCE

Detail of a sidewalk trip hazard repair at a bank entrance

PROBLEM

  • This concrete walk at a bank sank 2 inches at the threshold of the front entrance.
  • The 2 sinking concrete slabs presented an unsightly trip-hazard liability for the bank.
  • Since the tripping problem was located at the front entrance, any work during business hours would impede customers from entering and exiting the bank.

SOLUTION

  • A Fusion-Crete modified overlay is applied to correct the walk elevation
  • The overlay is 2 inches thick at the threshold of the door into the bank on 2 concrete panels
  • The overlay is sloped and feathered out to zero at the control joint
  • The worker maintains all control joint profiles

BENEFITS OF USING FUSION-CRETE TO REPAIR SIDEWALK TRIP HAZARDS

  • Because Fusion-Crete provides a quick fix, workers were able to complete the repair after the bank closed for the day
  • The Fusion-Crete overlay completely hardened and was ready for traffic when the bank opened the next morning.
  • Fusion-Crete overlays are usually ready for foot traffic in less than 2 hours.

RESULTS

  • Bank management is no longer concerned about the legal liability presented by the trip hazard
  • The Fusion-Crete repair is appealing – it looks just the same as if new concrete panels had been poured
  • The repair remains fully intact six years later

TRIP HAZARD-TYPE OVERLAY TO LEVEL UNEVEN CONCRETE AND CORRECT DRAINAGE PROBLEM

A worker measures the slope of a Fusion-Crete
trip hazard-type repair to correct a drainage problem

PROBLEM

  • At a large luxury resort, a drainage problem caused water to collect on the deck under a vending machine at the entrance of the swimming pool restroom
  • The facility owners worried the pooling water could damage the vending machine
  • Patrons had to walk through the water that was pooling underneath the plugged-in vending machine, which presented a slip hazard and possible personal injury from electricity

SOLUTION

  • Fusion-Crete trip hazard repair-style resurfacing corrected the drainage problems
  • One worker applied a thick overlay at the base of the area where the water collected, skillfully adjusting the overlay thickness from the filled area to the even pool deck, effectively leveling the concrete slab.

BENEFITS OF USING FUSION-CRETE TO CORRECT CONCRETE DRAINAGE PROBLEMS

  • Goodbye drainage problem! Rain and overflow from the pool can no longer collect under the vending machine at the entrance of the bathrooms
  • The vending machine is safe from water damage
  • The facility owners do not have to worry about patrons slipping on the wet surface and/or suffering from personal injury from electricity conducted by the pooled water