How to Prevent Puddles on Your Asphalt Surface

May 7, 2020 9:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Puddles on paved surfaces may seem innocuous when you pass them by, but left to their own devices, they can actually cause quite a bit of damage to your pavement. You should never have any standing water on a parking lot or driveway—it should have been designed with proper slope and drainage to prevent standing water from occurring. If you do see standing water, this could be a sign of existing structural damage, or a possible precursor to such damage, and in either situation it is important that you take quick, appropriate action to prevent further damage from occurring.

Here’s a quick overview of the steps you should take for asphalt puddle prevention in Washington.

Make sure pavement has a proper slope

All pavement should be designed in such a way that it has a proper slope to prevent water from standing on the surface. A parking lot, for example, should have a 1.5- to 3-percent slope, with the shoulders having a 3- to 6-percent slope, which will encourage water to run off the sides.

To ensure you get a properly constructed parking lot or other paved surface with the desired slope, you should make sure to only work with experienced, reputable contractors for your job. Contractors who do high-quality work will take the appropriate steps to prevent pooling water.

Have proper drainage systems

Again, the best way to ensure your paved surface has proper drainage is to work with a reputable contractor, who will know the steps that must be taken to ensure your surface is able to drain properly. This goes beyond just having the correct slope and grade—it also involves placing drains in strategic locations to collect water as it runs off the surface. A skilled asphalt contractor will be able to pinpoint the locations on the paved surface where drainage problems are most likely to occur.

Don’t park heavy equipment on the surface

Paved surfaces are designed to withstand a certain amount of weight, and if you exceed that weight, the pavement could begin to warp or buckle. Most parking lots and driveways, for example, have only been designed to support passenger vehicles. If you end up bringing in heavy machinery, construction equipment or other vehicles and let them park for long periods of time, this is undoubtedly going to result in some major damage. In fact, it’s going to cause more damage to have the equipment just sit there than it will to have it drive over the surface, as the extra weight will cause the pavement to sink. Those sunken areas will collect water after rain, which will fail to run off and drain properly, as water will always flow to the lowest point in an area.

Interested in learning more about some of the steps you can take to prevent pooling water on your asphalt in Washington? Contact an experienced asphalt paving contractor at Jimini Paving for more information about the services we provide. We look forward to assisting you soon.

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