Monday, November 16th, 2020 by Niles Erickson
The holidays in New Hampshire are the perfect time to gather friends and family at your home. It's often too cold to mingle or host a party outdoors, however you may often have your guests walking along your concrete sidewalk or across a slab or patio. If this concrete around your house is in disrepair, it can cause serious safety issues for your guests.
So what areas are of concern, and what can we do about it?
First, sidewalks can become a particular concern if the concrete is needing repair. Uneven sidewalks can be a trip hazard, and sloping or sunken concrete sidewalks can pose risks to those using them. In many municipalities, the homeowner is responsible for the repair of the sidewalks in front of the house. In the colder months and during the holidays, these sidewalks can be covered in ice or a little snow. While the cracks and bumps may ot be readily visible, they will still be tricky to navigate.
Additionally, if your home has a front porch or stoop, this brings another safety risk as friends or family head to your front door. Sinking stoops or porches can pose a safety issue, as uneven walkways can be dangerous. If people often enter your home through your garage, it's not uncommon for slabs to sink and crack, causing trip hazards and dips to form.
Finally, concrete driveways can become problematic. When the soil under a driveway can no longer support it, concrete slab sinking and cracking can occur. Just like with sidewalks and stoops, this creates an uneven surface and a host of problems for those trying to use the driveway.
Uneven or sinking concrete can cause safety concerns all around a home, especially as guests come to visit. Lifting, leveling and sealing concrete can give you peace of mind and keep your family and guests safe. Learn more about concrete repair here.