A parking lot can serve as a valuable asset to your company, or an eyesore that detracts from the value of your business. The amount of care and maintenance you invest in your parking lot will determine the condition of the pavement over time.
Water is one of the most destructive forces that affects asphalt paving. By taking the time to master water problems, you can extend the life of your parking lot and preserve the aesthetic of your pavement well into the future.
1. Fill cracks quickly.
In order to ensure that water damage doesn't render your parking lot a hazard, you need to address any cracks that appear in the surface of your pavement as quickly as possible. Cracking is natural as asphalt is exposed to the weight of vehicles and the elements each day.
When a crack opens up in your asphalt, water can seep into the crack. As the temperature fluctuates the water will expand and contract. This expansion and contraction process will eventually cause the crack to widen, leading to significant asphalt damage Filling in cracks on a regular basis will prevent more serious water damage in the future.
2. Maintain proper drainage.
Asphalt pavement is a porous material that allows water to penetrate its surface and drain into a gravel base. It's important that you monitor the condition of your parking lot's gravel base by watching for the formation of potholes. A pothole will appear when the gravel base fails to provide proper drainage and water pools below the asphalt causing it to buckle.
Many parking lots are also equipped with drainage basins that help to move water away from the surface of the pavement. Clear any debris that has accumulated in your drainage basins regularly to prevent serious water damage from affecting the quality of your parking lot.
3. Sweep your parking lot regularly.
It might seem like a simple task that won't make much difference, but taking the time to sweep your parking lot regularly can significantly reduce the potential for water damage.
Rocks, leaves, and dirt that find their way onto the surface of your parking lot can trap water. When water is allowed to pool on your pavement, the asphalt can begin to break down and deteriorate.
Sweeping your parking lot often ensures that debris will not create water dams that might compromise the structural stability of your asphalt parking lot in the future.
Speak with a parking lot paving service for more help.