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By Pete Seymour
palling—or the corrosion, flaking and deterioration of concrete—is a real danger to the value and safety of residential and commercial buildings alike. The scary part: Spalling is often undetectable to the naked eye when fixing the problem would be most affordable. By waiting until the concrete corrosion is visible before repairing the damage, board members and owners of these buildings are faced with an alarming repair cost, often outside their budget, for a repair that would have been affordable if only they had been more attentive. Time and time again, buildings, as a result of unchecked spalling, have undergone repairs of up to $1 million for concrete repair, painting and waterproofing. That’s a heavy price to pay for a problem that could have been prevented.
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Corrosion often occurs on the leading edge of windows, walkways and lanai, where the rebar is not embedded deep into the concrete.
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Preventing heavy cost repairs requires preventative measures, early detection and professional attention. Repairing a building once, even if the repair is recent, does not guarantee immunity from spalling.
Tip 1: Educate yourself
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The best way to prevent spalling is to be educated on the associated risks, signs and costs of spalling, and relay that knowledge to the board members of the building. Starting a conversation and being proactive are the first steps to ensure that maintenance is affordable and the property is safe.
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Tip 2: Hire an expert
Hiring a consultant or an engineer early is more affordable than hiring repair specialists later. Not only does the damage analysis help determine the cost for repairs, but it also provides further education and an expert opinion for building management.
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April - May 2012
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Management Hawaii - April/May 2012
Contents Building Management Hawaii, April/May 2012
DEPARTMENTS: Concrete Restoration
If You’re Not Testing, You’re Guessing. Diagnose your concrete woes to save time and money.
Corroding Rebar and Spalling Concrete. Why zinc can be a spalling solution.
Top Five Fixes for Spalling. Preventing the corrosion of your building.
Trees – Our Green Assets. How not to plant the wrong tree in the wrong place.
Watts Up? Watts Down!. What you don’t know about parking lots could cost you big bucks.
Covered Parking & Photovoltaics: A Symbiotic Relationship. Covered Parking & Photovoltaics: A Symbiotic Relationship
Fire Prevention & Response
Top 10 Fire Fighters. Preventing fires is a job for everyone, but condo boards and property managers have a particular responsibility.
Keep a Clean Chute. Maintainance of trash chutes prevents serious high-rise fires
Stop, Drop & Go Wireless. New technology aids in fast response and saving lives.
Insurance: Do Condo Owners ‘Get’ Your Master Policy?
EDITORIAL: Editor’s Note
Ask An Expert: Epoxy vs. Regular Rebar
Movers & Shakers
Resource Guide: Concrete Restoration & Asphalt
Building Management Hawaii - April/May 2012