As the heat of summer peaks, it’s essential to take a look at your asphalt pavement and ensure it’s handling the heat and humidity of the season. Asphalt paving is a significant investment that requires adequate care and maintenance to prolong its lifespan. As a parking lot owner, you need to conduct regular maintenance, including inspection, which allows you to identify damages and address them on time. Here, we’ll guide you on the care and maintenance of your asphalt pavement during summer.
1. Look for standing water
Stagnant water on your pavement is a clear indication of damage or poor drainage. Water seeping beneath the asphalt surface can weaken the pavement and eventually lead to potholes. Therefore, if you notice any standing water, you should call Weaver Construction ASAP to detect and repair the underlying problem.
2. Check for fuel or oil stains and spills
Summer months come with increased traffic, and your parking lot is likely to experience more spills and stains from vehicles. Fuel and oil leaks are common and can soften or dissolve the asphalt. These stains need to be cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
3. Check for and repair uneven areas or raised roots to eliminate tripping hazards
Uneven areas on your pavement can cause a tripping hazard for pedestrians and lead to accidents. Likewise, raised roots can lift the asphalt, leading to uneven surfaces. Ensure that any raised areas are leveled and repaired to improve safety and prevent further damage.
4. Clean asphalt of debris and garbage
Garbage and debris can appear on your parking lot due to littering or garbage removal. Cleaning up your asphalt pavement regularly helps to remove any debris that could cause future damage to the surface. Moreover, it allows for a neat and tidy parking lot that customers can appreciate.
5. Check for surface cracking
Surface cracks usually indicate that the subgrade beneath the pavement is failing. Water seeps through these cracks, causing erosion and weakening the base course layer. Early detection and repair of the cracks are essential to prevent the spread of the damage. Sealing the cracks also helps to prevent further water infiltration.
6. Sealcoat it!
Sealcoating protects your asphalt pavement from weather elements such as ultraviolet rays and rain, which can affect your asphalt surface compound. Applying a sealcoat every two to three years ensures that your pavement looks great and lasts longer. Sealcoating also prevents oil and gas spills from penetrating the asphalt and causing further damage.
Every parking lot owner must invest in the proper care and maintenance of their asphalt pavement. Failure to maintain the pavement will result in damages that could have been prevented. Here, we have provided detailed tips on the care and maintenance of your asphalt pavement during summer. Regular inspection, cleaning, repair, and sealing will ensure the longevity of your pavement, saving you money and potential headaches in the future. Contact Weaver Construction for your professional asphalt paving and repair needs.