Winter is here, which means commercial property owners need to make sure their concrete parking lots can handle the dropping temperatures. Concrete is susceptible to damage when exposed to freezing temperatures, ice and snow, so you need to prepare the concrete lot accordingly. Here are some simple steps property owners should implement before the weather gets too bad.
Clean It Often
The first thing you should do at the beginning of winter is thoroughly clean the lot. Not only does this enhance the look of the parking lot, it also helps you avoid excessive damage. It is particularly important to clean up any chemical or oil spills. You may need to invest in a pressure washer to ensure the lot is as clean as can be.
Inspect the Drainage
One big danger for parking lots involves cracks forming and water seeping into the spaces. You do not want water puddling in a single area, so you need to ensure the lot has adequate drainage. You should have a professional inspect this drainage system prior to the winter season to make sure any water has a place to go.
Even with adequate drainage, rainfall can still find its way into cracks. Therefore, you want to fill in any cracks before it starts to rain or snow frequently. A small crack can quickly grow out of control because when water gets in and freezes, it expands. This leads to large cracks that can damage any vehicles that drive across it. You should apply a seal coating after you fill in all the cracks because this will help prevent any future water penetration.
It is much simpler and more affordable to take preventive measures prior to the winter season rather than address issues that have already occurred. You can prepare your concrete lot thoroughly with the help of the professionals from NVM Paving & Concrete. Contact us at 301-355-2079 to see what services you can benefit from.