How Repairing Potholes Can Extend the Life of Your Parking Lot

December 12, 2019 12:45 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There’s no one on the planet, let alone in the state of Washington, who enjoys driving on a road or through a parking lot that is littered with potholes. These divots in the pavement can wreak havoc on cars and pose a tripping hazard to pedestrians. Worst of all, they’re just unpleasant to look at for you and your customers alike.

Not only can regular pothole maintenance in Washington help improve the look and feel of your business, but it can also extend the life of your parking lot by several years.

What causes potholes?

Aggravating as they might be, potholes are as inevitable as the moisture and pressure that cause them. Over time, cracks will form on the surface of your parking lot. These small fissures allow moisture to seep into the spaces between your pavement. When that moisture freezes, it expands, causing the pavement to bend and break.

Then, when the weather warms up and the ice melts back into water, the broken bits of asphalt, unsupported by the ice block, sink into a hole. This problem is exacerbated by the use of salt on your asphalt parking lot in Washington, as well.

The danger of potholes

Once a pothole forms, it grows like a virus. Left untreated, potholes will continue to allow more moisture to flow into the spaces in your asphalt. It can seep into the earth and undermine the structural integrity of your parking lot, as a whole.

Potholes will speed up the creation of cracks in your asphalt and promote the formation of additional potholes in your parking lot. Once you’ve got a network of cracks and potholes, the damage can be costly to repair. What’s more, customers will likely complain and may avoid your establishment altogether.

Remember that your store’s parking lot is the first thing many costumers see and—rightly or wrongly—they may see the condition of your asphalt parking lot in Washington as a reflection on your business.

The process of patching your pothole

When a technician understands what they’re doing, pothole maintenance in Washington isn’t particularly tricky. When contracted, your paving pro will start by turning your asymmetrical pothole into a nice, even square.

From there, your tech will thoroughly remove all the dirt, pavement and weeds from your pothole before following up with an air gun to make extra sure your pothole is clear.

At that point, gravel and sand will be poured into the hole and pressed into the earth to ensure there are no spaces. When the hole has been filled up to an inch below the level of your parking lot, your asphalt technician will apply the patch and smooth things down. After about three hours, your lot should be good as new.

Jimini Paving has the answers

Don’t let your parking lot decay right before your eyes. Pothole maintenance in Washington is quick and easy when you put your faith in the hands of Jimini Paving. We have more than 25 years of experience serving the entirety of Washington state. So, when it comes to pavement, if it’s troubling you, we’ve probably fixed it before. No problem is too big, and no job is too big. Give us a call today.

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