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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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3 Reasons Your Sidewalk Is Messed Up

by Mike Brewer

When you own a business, and you have a sidewalk in front of your business, it is your responsibility to maintain the sidewalk and keep it in good shape. A damaged sidewalk is not only an eyesore, but it can also be a liability issue.

If you have a damaged sidewalk, you are going to want to get it repaired right away. It is also helpful to understand what messed up your sidewalk in the first place so that you can take steps to avoid a similar fate in the future and to ensure that your sidewalk is properly prepared.

Reason #1: Soil Erosion

One of the most common reasons for a sidewalk to buckle and dip is because of soil erosion. Erosion generally happens when your sidewalk is located on top of soil where water is able to flow under the concrete.

When water flows under the concrete and through the soil, it can wash away the soil that supports your sidewalk, resulting in damage to the sidewalk. This generally happens when lots of water is being directed around or under your sidewalk.

In addition to repairing your sidewalk, you also need to make sure that you take care of the water issue that caused the soil to erode in the first place. This will help ensure that your repaired sidewalk lasts longer than your original sidewalk.

Reason #2: Poor soil Compaction

Before your sidewalk was poured, the soil in the area should have been compacted down. Compacting the soil is necessary in order for your sidewalk to remain stable and not buckle or sink over time.

Concrete is heavy, and if the soil under your sidewalk was not properly compressed, the weight of your concrete sidewalk is going to cause the soil to compress over time, which will cause your sidewalk to sag.

Reason #3: Soil Expansion

Some soil expands more than other soils. Clay soil, for example, expands considerably when it absorbs moisture. If your sidewalk is on top of clay soil, and a little too much water gets under your sidewalk, the soil may expand too much and push your sidewalk upward.

If your sidewalk is damaged, work with a paving contractor who can identify the reason behind your damaged sidewalk and then work with you to fix your sidewalk. You can also learn how to use ready mix concrete to fix the sidewalk yourself.

If your sidewalk is damaged, put up a warning sign until you can get someone in to fix your sidewalk. This will help protect your customers and protect you from liability issues as well.

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