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People who move to Florida expecting to escape roads and highways with potholes may be surprised to find the problem is not exclusively a Northern issue. Although many of the roads issues up North are caused by severe weather, the tropical climate of Florida keep asphalt and pothole crews busy year round with repairs. With all the heavy rains this summer, this is an appropriate time to identify how potholes and damaged asphalt are adversely affected by weather and other conditions. After all, your parking area is the first impression a visitor has to your business. Is your parking area clean, sealed, and well maintained or does it have potholes?
What is a Pothole?
Small, bowl-shaped depressions in the pavement surface that penetrate all the way through the asphalt layer down to the base course. Potholes are the result of moisture infiltration and usually the end result of untreated alligator cracking. As alligator cracking becomes severe, the interconnected cracks create small chunks of pavement, which can be dislodged as vehicles drive over them. The remaining hole, after the pavement chunk is dislodged, is called a pothole.
What makes a pothole?
Potholes form in asphalt surfaces of parking lots, subdivisions, and municipal roads due to the combined forces of weather and traffic. These forces eventually allow rainwater to seep into the underlying base where the problem can quickly grow worse. Potholes must be repaired early in order to prevent further deterioration and base erosion. In addition, the small cracks and depressions in your asphalt can cause a considerable amount of destruction. They provide places for water to work its way into and under the pavement causing base erosion.
What is the Solution?
A proper maintenance plan that includes asphalt repair, sealcoating, and striping will make your parking lot inviting to your clients and prolong the life of your pavement.
Don't leave those pot holes unattended. Fixing potholes is an inexpensive way to improve the appearance of your parking lot and reduce owner liability. JIEHE MACHINERY is here to supply you right tools and equipments to help you repair, improve and maintain a functional parking lot. Please consider having one of our expert team members provide you with a FREE site evaluation.
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