Potholes are a common problem for asphalt pavement, but they don’t have to be a headache for commercial building owners. With Garden State Pavement Solutions’ pothole repair services, you can have your parking lot looking and functioning like new again. Here are some benefits of having potholes fixed:
- Safer for vehicles: Potholes can damage cars, cause flat tires, or even cause an accident if a driver swerves to avoid one. By having potholes fixed, you can make your parking lot safer for vehicles.
- Prevents further damage: Potholes will grow larger over time if left unaddressed. By repairing them promptly, you can prevent further damage to your parking lot and potentially save money on more extensive repairs down the line.
- Improves appearance: Potholes are unsightly and can give a bad impression of your property. By repairing them, you can improve the overall appearance of your parking lot and give your customers or tenants a more positive experience.
Here are some common problems that can create potholes:
- Water damage: Water can seep into cracks in the pavement and cause the soil underneath to erode, leading to a pothole.
- Heavy traffic: Areas with heavy vehicle traffic are more prone to potholes, as the weight and friction of vehicles can wear down the pavement over time.
- Extreme weather: Freeze-thaw cycles and other weather conditions can cause asphalt to expand and contract, leading to cracks and eventually potholes.
If a pothole is present on your commercial property, it can create a number of consequences:
- Trip hazards: Potholes can be dangerous for pedestrians, causing them to trip and potentially injure themselves. This can lead to liability issues for the property owner.
- Negative perception: A poorly-maintained parking lot can give a negative impression of your business or property, potentially driving away customers or tenants.
The pothole repair process:
Repairing a pothole in a parking lot is an important part of regular pavement maintenance. Here are the general steps for repairing a pothole in a parking lot:
- Clean the area: Before beginning any repairs, clean the area around the pothole. Use a wire broom, or compressed air to remove any loose debris, dirt, or other materials.
- Prepare the surface: Use a saw or other appropriate tool to create a clean, even-edged cut around the pothole, ensuring that the edges are square and free of any loose material. This will help to ensure a strong bond between the patch and the surrounding pavement.
- Apply a tack coat: Apply a layer of asphalt tack coat to the exposed edges of the pothole, following the manufacturer’s instructions. This will help to create a strong bond between the patch and the surrounding pavement.
- Add the hot asphalt patching material: Add the asphalt patching material to the prepared area, filling it level with the surrounding surface. Depending on the size of the pothole, this may involve using a shovel, rake, or other appropriate tools to evenly distribute the patching material.
- Compact the patch: Use a vibratory plate compactor or other appropriate compaction equipment to compact the patching material, ensuring that it is level and tightly packed. For smaller patches, a handheld compactor may be sufficient.
- Apply a sealant: Once the patching material has been compacted, apply a sealant to the perimeter of the patch. This will help to protect the patch from moisture and other elements, ensuring its longevity.
Note that the exact process for patching a pothole may vary depending on the size and location of the pothole, as well as other factors such as the climate and traffic conditions in the area. It’s recommended that you consult with a pavement maintenance professional to determine the best patching technique for your specific needs.
Overall, it’s important to have potholes repaired promptly to maintain the safety and appearance of your parking lot. With Garden State Pavement Solutions’ pothole repair services, you can have peace of mind knowing your property is in good hands.