Parking garages really take a beating. Heavy vehicles, oil from leaking cars, tracked-in water, ice, chemicals and more are part of the problem. Weather conditions are another part, making these garages doubly exposed to wear and tear, both inside and out. For property managers in charge of these types of commercial structures, it’s important to regularly inspect and repair parking garage problems.
High Stress Levels
Because they are usually “out of sight, out of mind,” parking structures can be easily ignored. However, a lack of regular inspection and repair can have expensive consequences, not to mention safety issues if the concrete fails. Below are some typical sources of stress and damage.
- Water damage: When water penetrates concrete and freezes, it expands and can rupture the surface. Look for any cracks, chipping and flaking of the concrete.
- Rust: This indicates moisture has penetrated to the steel reinforcement inside the concrete. Repair parking garage problems such as this promptly.
- Oil, salt, chemicals: These substances are usually tracked in by vehicles and can add to the deterioration.
- Weight of vehicles: Concrete absorbs literally tons of pressure from all types of vehicle and the stress can eventually affect the steel reinforcement.
- Heat and cold: Over time, continual expansion and contraction caused by weather extremes can add to cracks and other damage, including the expansion joints.
Repair Damage Promptly
Prompt repairs are a must. Ignored, the problems will only get bigger and may affect the structural integrity. There are many resources and tools available to maintain and repair concrete, but your best bet is a professional restoration company that can inspect and evaluate the situation.
Property managers and landlords of high-rise buildings, including condominiums, apartments, town homes and other commercial buildings, have a responsibility to their tenants, as well as the structure’s owner, to maintain a safe environment. At the first sign of wear and tear, get help to repair parking garage problems.