Maintaining parking garages can be a daunting task for building owners and their facility managers. Western Specialty Contractors offers an online Visual Guide & Checklist for parking garage inspections, aimed at helping owners and managers to identify and track problem areas within their parking structures. Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, the firm is a national specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing and specialty roofing.
Available for free download, facility managers can use this visual reference to identify and track damage to a parking structure’s main components, including the concrete slabs and beams, support columns, walls, drainage, and expansion and control joints.
“Our easy-to-use guide takes the guesswork out of identifying damage and hazards within parking structures so that a routine maintenance program can be established and the structure can be kept in a safe condition for users,” says Carter Pogue, Western Specialty Contractors, sales/project manager.
The guide includes a list of simple questions and checkboxes to help facility management identify damage to each component of a parking structure and includes detailed photos of damage such as rust and water stains, exposed rebar, efflorescence, and spalling and cracking so facilities staff know exactly what to look for.
All types of parking structures — the three most common types being Double Tee Precast, Conventional and Post-Tensioned — are subject to deterioration from environmental stressors, wear-and-tear, and deicers tracked in during the winter months.
An ineffective maintenance routine on a parking structure can quickly lead to costly repairs and restorations that can be disruptive to tenants and cause unexpected costs and safety concerns. “The damaging and compounding cycle of water infiltration and wear-and-tear to a parking structure never improves on its own, and the longer that warning signs are ignored, the more serious and costlier the repairs can become,” says Pogue.
A concrete maintenance and restoration specialist, such as Western Specialty Contractors, is recommended to confirm problem areas and hazards within the garage and recommend a repair plan and maintenance schedule that will:
• Delay or avoid costly restoration
• Decrease liabilities
• Retain ideal parking volume and rates
• Adhere to local permitting guidelines
• Maintain the property’s value
The Visual Guide & Checklist can be downloaded at this link.