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Who do you call for Concrete Repair In Richmond?

W.J. Rapp of course!

The severe cold weather in Richmond, Virginia caused major problems such as: main water lines breaking, electric outages and lack of heat. Many offices, construction projects and major infrastructure systems had damage. Richmond is not used to cold weather that lingers below 32 degrees for over a week. This extreme cold may have caused problems in aging infrastructure and may force early repairs that were not budgeted but have now been raised to a higher priority.

What causes damage to concrete in cold weather?

a. Salt and chemicals can delaminate concrete surfaces

b. Salt that is placed on concrete and remains there for long periods of time

c. Salt that is placed on concrete and washes down and collects in one location can turn concrete into sand and aggregate.

Helpful Hints:

To obtain traction on concrete use sand or kitty litter

Snow blowers can be an effective way of moving snow from pavement surfaces.

New concret that is poured during the winter should never be poured on frozen ground.

Concrete that is poured in low temperatures should be covered with blankets and remain covered until outside temperatures are above freezing and rising in consecutive days.


Here are a few examples that W. J. Rapp can help you solve as part of your team:

Cracks in Foundations & Walls

Due to this severe weather a foundation may suddenly show cracks that were not there before, because of the age and condition of the concrete. The soil expands and contracts and could produce such a result. Fortunately, W. J. Rapp has the expert team who can fix your office, manufacturing facility or other concrete wall or foundation challenges. W. J. Rapp has been repairing concrete for decades in the Richmond area. Call us we can work around your schedule as well. We know how important it is to keep your equipment and operation running.

Drainage Issues

Another issue that may become apparent because of this severe weather is ”Drainage Issues”.

The snow, then freezing, then rain is a combination that may reveal drainage problems that needto be resolved. Standing water in this weather becomes a major problem when it freezes. It may cause cracks in the concrete or simply a slippery condition that is unsafe. W. J. Rapp has experience in dealing with drainage issues. Often we have redone or built new French drains and other types of drains for customers per their engineering specifications. Give us a call we can tackle these problems together. Drainage is a big deal and we have the team to help solve those issues.

Construction Repair

W. J. Rapp has a broad range of services that can help you get through unplanned construction challenges. Pouring concrete in different types of weather is challenging and you need a concrete contractor who can advise you on the best approach and how to get the best Job for your project.

So if you have a wall, concrete drive, a pad or something that has been damaged because of severe weather, age or any other reason give us a call.

“ Together we can achieve the Extraordinary”



W. J. Rapp is always investing in new equipment, tools and training.

W.J. Rapp Company, Inc. stands by its motto: Together we achieve the extraordinary.

This video highlights some of the equipment we have that sets us apart from other General Contractors.

We have invested in new saws & vacuums that help meet Osha requirements in the elimination of silica dust.

WJ Rapp has invested in an electric excavator that allows us to work in areas that others can not.

We have many other pieces of electric equipment such as a new electric fork lift and a new generator that is designed to provide power if none is available on the job site.

In addition, to electric equipment we have propane saws and water and air dirt removal systems that allow you to dig without the risk of cutting a utility line.

We also have a deep bench of excavating equipment, dump trucks, service trucks and fork lifts.

W.J. Rapp even has our own shop which allows us to make modifications and assure our equipment is in tip top shape.

Give W. J. Rapp a call when you need someone who has the equipment to keep your job on schedule.



W.J. Rapp keeps up on the latest equipment in the construction industry.

Training on New EquipmentAnyone who has ever tried to perform a construction job knows that the right equipment and tools are a key component of success. W. J. Rapp constantly upgrades equipment and training for their employees. Often manufacturers come in and demonstrate their equipment to our construction team. On this day, Hilti brought in new equipment that helps solve dust issues on the job. Hilti is manufacturer of tools that help make jobs faster, safer and more productive. They make terrific construction equipment tools known for their performance. W. J. Rapp believes that the proper tools translate into jobs that are performed on time, on budget and of the highest quality. On this day, dust management was the focus of the training. Vacuum cleaners to help make your job a dust-less environment were featured. In addition, dust management systems for saws and other tools were demonstrated.

Afterwards everyone enjoyed a lunch and we were filled with knowledge of the latest equipment from Hilti. This investment in training for our people continues to reap benefits for our clients. So the next time you have a concrete construction job give us a call. You will have highly trained people who are equipped properly to perform your job as requested.

General Industrial/Commercial Construction

Food Processing Repair Warehouse26When you have a job that needs to be done and you have no idea who to call.

Call W.J. Rapp. Maybe a door needs fixing, a bathroom needs renovating or a new concrete set of stairs needs to be added. W.J. Rapp has some of the most skilled craftsman around and are glad to help. From pot hole repair to new windows in your commercial building W.J. Rapp is ready to serve.

General Construction

ConcreteRepairAug2013 003W. J. Rapp Co. is a Class “A” general contractor, licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We perform a wide variety of jobs, ranging from renovation of existing office spaces to new construction. Our own crews perform 90% of all work “in-house”. Anything that we don’t offer as an “in-house” service, we handle through a network of highly capable subcontractors. Our equipment is the most sophisticated in the industry and is owned and maintained by us. When a top quality crew or piece of equipment is needed to perform your project— we can deliver.



When you need specialty Excavation & Demolition call W.J. Rapp!

W. J. Rapp excels at specialty types of demolition or excavation. For example, one of the most difficult problems to solve for many companies is how to dig inside of their facility or saw-cut and remove concrete without producing dangerous fumes. W. J. Rapp Co. has researched the problem and come up with a solution. We own an exclusive fleet of specialized equipment. Our backhoes and skid-steer loaders are all equipped with “scrubber” systems on the exhaust. Forklifts, concrete saws, generators, welders and trowel machines are all propane powered. Our equipment meets or exceeds requirements to operate inside and still protect the safety of your employees. We excavate our own footings and ditches, undercut for slabs and can remove walls, slabs, and foundations with a minimum of noise.

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Training & Safety

W. J. Rapp is known for performing a wide variety of task in the construction industry and our people are well trained. We continue to invest in the latest equipment but we also invest in our people. We put together teams or crews of people who not only work well together but provide a learning environment that can teach new workers and provide a path for growth.

We are also very aware of safety. We are constantly looking for ways to prevent hazardous or safety issues and continually provide safety goggles, helmets, gloves, steel toed boots, and any other personal protective equipment that may be needed.   We strive to make them aware of hazards and solutions that keep them safe.

Many of the large company’s we work for require our workers to go through training. Often this training includes safety and then a separate training that is site specific.


Examples of site-specific training may include simple requirements such as:

Vehicle speed limits, no cell phones while driving, and back-up equipment safety requirements. They may also educate and train workers on requirements like: Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and other safety or reporting requirements.


Safety Training can include a wide variety of items but here are just a few.

  1. First -Aid & CPR- Many of our clients offer and require basic First-Aid and CPR training.
  1. Falls- areas that they can trip, slip, or fall down.

The job site must be neat and clean with dangerous objects and construction

debris are constantly removed from a job site for safety. Stairways should

have treads and eliminate slippery conditions.

  1. Trenches – Trench collapses are a common hazard on a job site.

Trenches have specific requirements. If they are over 4 feet deep we are often required to get specific safety equipment and have individuals we work with who provide specific recommendations to trench safety. We work closely with your team to meet your requirements.


  1. Equipment training (Forklifts, Scissor Lifts, Etc.)

W.J. Rapp has trusted vendors who bring in equipment for our employees to

learn how to properly work the equipment and continually operate with

safety in mind. Our employees learn firsthand how to operate the following:

Fork Lifts                    Dump Trucks

Excavators                 Scissor Lifts

Back hoes                   Boom lifts

W. J. Rapp is committed to keeping our workers safe. We know our clients want our workers to perform their job safely and efficiently and training is a big part of meeting that goal. If you have specific safety requirements please make us aware up front. We know it is important to you and we want to make sure we have workers properly scheduled for that training and can meet your timelines.




Who do people call in Richmond, Virginia if they need a special concrete floor constructed? W. J. Rapp of course!


W.J Rapp has the equipment, people and training to provide demolition of the old floor, which can be a big deal. Manufacturers, food processing companies, chemical & power companies and others call W.J. Rapp because of their experience. They have equipment in house that can provide unique benefits such as: electric equipment that was used in a food preparation area during off hours that emit no fumes.

W.J. Rapp’s equipment includes saws and excavation equipment that is all electric, which is critical to work in a food area safely. In addition, W.J. Rapp has a portable generator that can run this unique equipment so if you do not have electricity close by we can still complete the work!


W.J Rapp prides itself on having a great depth of equipment, not only does the firm have electric equipment but they have equipment that runs on propane as well as gas. Often, they have multiple pieces of the same equipment assuring deadlines are met and often can provide additional capabilities to work the hours you need not just 8-5. W.J Rapp has the equipment to self perform your job.

Our People

Our concrete equipment does set us apart but the talent and training of our people provide the real solutions. They will listen closely to what you need. Carefully review the requirements of your construction team or engineering firm and perform to your exacting specifications. W.J. Rapp has installed hundreds of specialty concrete floors, so they have relationships with concrete suppliers and work closely with them to provide environmental context that can make the job go smoother. They not only make sure you get exactly the concrete floor your team specified but meet the unique challenges of your schedule. W. J. Rapp works closely with the concrete supplier to get the concrete made to your specifications and they install the floor with unique characteristics like:

  1. High strength traffic ready in 8 hours
  2. Additives to prevent corrosion
  3. Silica fume for denser concrete and wearability
  4. Metal fibers for heavy traffic areas

Give W.J. Rapp a call when you need a concrete floor that can handle a new heavy piece of equipment in your manufacturing facility or need a concrete floor removed in your food preparation area and you need someone with the right equipment to meet your tight deadline and safety requirements. Or, you are a chemical company that needs a concrete contractor that can remove your old floor and replace it with a concreate floor that has a specialty finish. Whatever your new concrete floor requirements, give W.J. Rapp a call. They are ready to get started!

W.J. Rapp General Contractor and Concrete Construction Specialist

W. J. Rapp Co. is widely known and recognized in the Richmond area as concrete specialists. We handle all types of concrete construction and repair. Concrete foundations, walls and slabs are the backbone upon which you build your physical plant. Anything less than top quality workmanship threatens the stability of your facility. Whether you’re preparing to add to your space and need footings and slabs, or if you’ve experienced a failure in an existing slab, we have the expertise to handle the project. W.J. Rapp has propane operated equipment that reduces engine noise and is safe for interior construction projects. W. J. Rapp Co. is a Class “A” general contractor, licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We perform a wide variety of jobs, ranging from renovation of existing office spaces to new construction. Our own crews perform 90% of all work “in-house”. Anything that we don’t offer as an “in-house” service, we handle through a network of highly capable subcontractors. Our equipment is the most sophisticated in the industry and is owned and maintained by us. When a top quality crew or piece of equipment is needed to perform your project— we can deliver.

To learn more about us….click the video below.