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Problems to look out for in your floors.

This page is a catalogue of problems with various floors that we have come across over the years.

Flooring Alerts

Location:

Main Stairwell – a Greenwich Primary School

Problem Alert

Note; the yellow nosing on the top step, this had already been removed from the medial step to revile another nosing underneath, this was the same on all the stair treads to the stairwell.

Solution:

Remove all nosings, make tread good and replace with new nosing.

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Location:

Bathroom – Residential Housing block in Haringey

Problem Alert:

Sheet non slip vinyl lose laid over vinyl tiles - a slip and trip hazard

Solution:

Vinyl tiles should be removed, subfloor prepared to received new floor covering

Location:

Class room – primary school in Haringey

Problem Alert:

General tape covering damage wood floor will not stop movement to the parquet blocks (advised the tape had been down for some time).

Solution:

Ignoring a repair and patching with tape the parquet floor will only get worse. Get the floor repaired it will probably last a further 50+ years if maintained.

Location:

Main school hall – Primary school in Newham

Problem Alert:

Electrical cable found very close to floor service

Solution:

Having Utilities pipe works installed in the floor, make sure they are safely installed at appropriate depth.

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Location:

Pizza Express Stairs.

Problem Alert

All the stair treads look the same, no indication where the next step is, poor lighting

Solution:

Enable the stair treads to be clearly seen so the clients can safely place their foot on a tread without guessing.

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Location:

These type of stairs have been found in a number of schools in London Boroughs

Problem Alert:

Looking down the stairs all the stair treads look the same as though there is no stairs to walk down, no indication where the next step is. An issue for the partially sighted.

Solution:

Enable the stair treads to be clearly seen so users can safely place their foot.

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Location:

Class room – Primary school in Haringey

Problem Alert:

Missing floor tiles

Solution:

Replace missing tiles.


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Location:

Stairs leading to main reception and class rooms – Secondary school in Waltham Forest

Problem Alert:

Stair nosing very badly worn

Solution:

Replace nosing.

Location:

Children Centre – Haringey Council

Problem Alert:

Client placing tape to avoid slips and trips as staff and public use the stairs.

Solution:

Replacement of stair nosings.

Location:

Lunch time hall area – Primary school in Haringey

Problem Alert:

The red vinyl floorcovering should never have been stuck down on the vinyl tiles, this results in the floor not being able to breathe, adhesive remaining live, seeing the outlines of the vinyl tiled floor under the red vinyl showing through and in some areas tiles become lose and make a crunching noise when walked upon.

Solution:

Remove all vinyl tiles prepare sub-floor then lay new vinyl.

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Location:

Main office – Haringey Council

Problem Alert

Hardboard installed by builders. Existing vinyl was loose laid (not stuck to all floor area).

Solution:

The black dots on the hardboard are screw nail heads (raised above hardboard).

Solution:

Replacement of floor with new hard board or plywood.

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Location:

Main Stairwell – Primary School in Greenwich

Problem Alert:

Replacement of vinyl and stair nosings to stairwell. The existing old stair tread had worn over the years after removing the bad cement base.

Solution:

As well as removing the yellow nosing and then finding another nosing underneath that had to be removed.

Location:

Class room - Primary school in Greenwich

Problem Alert

Gas pipe found less than 4mm from floor surface

Solution:

Get confirmation any Utilities pipe works are safely installed at appropriate depth under the floor.

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Location:

Communal Stairwell – Residential Housing block in Haringey

Problem Alert

Insert in nosing tread missing - a slip and trip hazard

Solution:

Replace nosing

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Location:

Communal Stairwell – Residential Housing block in Haringey

Problem Alert

Insert in nosing has come lose and sticking up - a slip and trip hazard

Solution:

Replace nosing

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Location:

Class room – primary school in Haringey

Problem Alert

Parkette blocks being mopped with water too severely. Notice the blocks starting to curl at the edges.

Solution:

Don't use too much water, it doesn't need it. Monitoring the amount of water used and with good maintenance this floor would easily last a further 50+ years

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Location:

Landing and Stairs - primary school in Haringey

Problem Alert

  1. All the stair treads look the same as though there is no stairs to walk down
  2. No indication where the next step is
  3. An issue for parochially sighted school staff, children and members of the public.

Solution:

Enable the stair treads to be clearly seen so users can safely place their foot on a tread without guessing. With good maintenance this floor would easily last a further 50+ years.

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Location:

Stairs - These type of stairs have been found in a number of schools in London Boroughs

Problem Alert

Notice the dip in the stair tread and photo showing all the steps painted the same colour.

  1. No indication where the next step is
  2. An issue for partially sighted school staff, children and members of the public.

Solution:

Enable the stair treads to be clearly seen so users can safely place their foot on a tread without guessing.

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Location:

Communal Stairwell – Residential Housing block in Haringey

Problem Alert

Nosings found to be stuck down and not mechanically fixed and adhered with a suitable cartridge adhesive. It was also found the vinyl and nosings had been fitted on old black adhesive that had not been removed in the preparation of the floor.

Solution:

Take up nosings, prepare floor and install new vinyl and nosings.

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Location:

Residential home

Problem Alert

With carpet already removed by client leaving backing stuck to floor.

Solution:

Remove carpet backing stuck to floor and replace with new carpet

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Location:

Residential home.

Problem Alert

Lose floor boards.

Solution:

Make sure all floor boards are secure

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Location:

NHS East London.

Problem Alert

Gap between vinyl and threshold strip will enable water to get under make vinyl and threshold strip lose  and cause a slip and trip hazard.

Solution:

Remove threshold strip, make good vinyl and replace with new threshold strip.

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Location:

Residential tower block in Haringey.

Problem Alert

Wood floor not maintained.

Solution:

Maintain the wood flooring to prolong the life of the floor.

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Location:

Residential home.

Problem Alert

Note; the screw in the threshold strip its sticking up, this can cause injury to residents or school children as they drag their feet along the floor.

Solution:

Insure the screws are firmly tight and if possible below the service of the plate or use a plate without screw fixings on the service or alternately use a PVC strip instead.

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Location:

Haringey children’s centre

Problem Alert

All the joints to the lino edges were badly damaged.

Solution:

To avoid replacing all the lino the damage areas were able to be cut out and replaced with blue lino.

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