If you are like most business owners, you probably don’t want to spend a lot of time obsessing about your parking lot. However, the failure to manage this space properly can result in problems and large expenses that will eventually force you to notice, and not in a good way. Asphalt drainage is an area that is seldom thought about until it becomes a big problem. It’s all about maintaining the integrity of a parking lot with common sense solutions.
The Costs of Poor Drainage
It’s easy to make a case for water being the most destructive element to your asphalt surface. Anywhere there is a crack in the surface, moisture from rain, sprinklers, spills, and condensation seeps below the surface. While there, it can damage the pavement and cause the following problems:
- Expand cracks through the process of freezing and thawing
- Make and enlarge potholes
- Allow unsightly pools of water to form
- Create a danger for slips and falls
A well-designed and well-maintained parking lot eliminates many of the areas where water and other liquids can pool. These parking lots are less likely to experience rapid deterioration and should last longer.
The best way to address drainage issues is with a mitigation plan prepared by a professional contractor. The focus of this plan is to fix and repair all cracks in the surface of the pavement. A crack sealing and filling program prevents water and ice from widening cracks and damaging the substrate of the pavement. This can be done on a maintenance plan, or you can call in the professionals when you see problems. At the very least, someone from your team should inspect the parking lots on a regular basis, either weekly or monthly.