Parking Lot repairs and Patching Pot Holes
A pothole is a type of failure in an asphalt pavement, caused by the presence of water in the underlying soil and the presence of traffic passing over the affected area. The introduction of water to the underlying soil structure will start to weakens the supporting soil. Traffic then fatigues and breaks the poorly supported asphalt surface in the affected area. Continued traffic action ejects both asphalt and the underlying soil material to create a hole in the pavement. Potholes form progressively, first from fatigue of the road surface, which can lead to a precursor failure pattern known as alligator cracking (when the asphalt looks like a jigsaw puzzle). Finally, chunks of pavement between the fatigue cracks gradually work loose, and may eventually be forced out of the surface by continued traffic flow to create a pothole.
Pot Holes need to be Repaired
The pot holes will only get worse if left untreated and that will only lead to un happy motorists and possible safety concerns. It will also continue to degrade and ruin the asphalt around the pot hole. In most cases it is not as bad as you think in the beginning stages to catch it and cure it from further decay. There are a few methods to fix pot holes with some being a temporary solution and others being a permanent repair.
1. The "Toss and Roll" is a method that we very rarely use since this is like putting a bandaid on it and you will be having to fix it again in the near future.
2. The "Cut and Patch" is what we suggest to remedy the problem and ensure the rest of the asphalt doesn't get affected any further. We cut the bad asphalt out and cut it far enough back to reach the solid underlining base that hasnt been affected yet and then bond coat the edges and refill with fresh hot mix asphalt. We then either roll the patch with a roller or use a vibratory plate compactor depending on how large the repairs are. Watch the pictures on this page and you will see some of our before and after pictures. The reason most pot holes are created is due to the asphalt drying out and getting brittle. This can all be avoided with the proper preventative maintenance program. If you sealcoat the property every 3-5 years this will greatly reduce any pot holes as well as add many years to the longevity of your pavement.
To find out more about proper maintenance and preserving your parking lots and roadways visit our sealcoating section of this site. Ask us about our Free Pot Hole Repairs.
How can I prevent Potholes
Pothole Prevention is preventing potholes before they happen! If you have holes or cracks in areas where there is regular foot traffic to your facility, you are putting people in danger. All it takes it is for someone to fall down once and your company could be on the hook for the bill. Which is where seal coating can be a huge bonus for your parking lot. By sealing cracks early on and using preservation treatments, potholes can be prevented. Most potholes can be prevented by using preservation treatments early on before severe distresses are formed. Sealing cracks in a pavement is the most important step in preventing potholes. Potholes begin after the water delivered from the heavy Florida rainy season seeps into the soil through a crack in the pavement and flows below the Asphalt surface. This creates a void between the pavement and the ground below it.When vehicles driver over this cavity, the pavement surface cracks and falls into the hollow space, leading to the formation of a pothole. Patching is the process of filling potholes or excavated areas in the asphalt pavement. Quick repair of potholes or other pavement disintegration helps control further deterioration and expensive repair of the pavement. Without timely patching, water can enter the subgrade and cause larger and more serious pavement failures.
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