No one likes it when things fail. Whether you’re in sales, customer service or concrete floor construction, you want everything to go according to plan. Unfortunately, that’s not the way the world works. Leads, customer satisfaction and concrete floor details are all prone to deterioration sooner or later.
So what do you do about it? You look for signs of deterioration and address it before it affects your bottom line. If you’re in sales, you work on building up more leads. If you’re in customer service, you rework your service strategy. And if you’re in concrete floor construction, you learn how to identify possible failures and fix them before they get worse. One of those deficiencies could lie in your concrete floor joint fillers. An important part of any concrete floor, these fillers need to be monitored thru out the year, year after year and maintained to maximize their expected service life.
Unless you’re an expert, you might not know what signs to look for when it comes to concrete floor joint filler deficiency. You’ll be happy to know that many of these signs aren’t as hard to spot as you think and are really important to think about in years one to five (the first year should be covered under warranty).
Here are a few of the signs to look out for:
These are just some of the signs; unique circumstances can always occur depending on the situation and other factors. But once you know most of the signs, it’s important to implement a good monitoring and maintenance program so you can address them (if needed).
The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to a monitoring and maintenance program: one person (in operations or maintenance) should be in charge. That way, they can keep all the inspection notes and other documentation in one place and give a report to the facility or maintenance manager for easy review. Many facility owners with durable concrete floors specifically reported the benefits of having a single person with a dedicated inspection schedule.
Once that person is established in their role, it’s time to turn to the different component of a successful monitoring and maintenance program. Here are six of them to keep in mind:
In the end, you want to prevent a small maintenance item from turning into a costly repair or significant floor issue. Know the signs of floor joint filler deterioration like the back of your hand, then develop an effective floor monitoring and maintenance program. This is extremely beneficial for not just your floor joints and fillers, but your entire concrete floor.
Talk to a Fricks representative about your next project. We are familiar with all aspects of design/build and can help you design, build and maintain a superior, long-lasting durable floor.