The end of summer is the perfect time for you to take stock of the condition of your parking lot. It gives you enough time to have things taken care of through the fall before the freezing temperatures and snow move in through the winter. If this is your first year maintaining your own property, you may not really know what it needs. Here are some of the things that you should think about being attentive to:
The most practical place to start is with general asphalt maintenance. That means having a contractor come out to inspect the condition of the asphalt, fill any cracks, and help you identify any potential vulnerabilities. This is also a good time to consider sealcoating the parking lot as well. Being proactive about basic maintenance will minimize the risk of needing major work that could interfere with customer access to your property.
If your general maintenance and inspection turn up some structural issues with your asphalt, you should address the problems right away. This is particularly important to do before the winter weather comes in because moisture seeping below the asphalt surface can lead to frost heaves through the winter, ultimately risking more damage to the parking area. Not only is this damage costly to repair, it's also a safety hazard since it can put your customers at risk of injuries or damage to their cars. Have the major work done now before the weather gets cold.
Any cracks that exist in the pavement should be filled and sealed right away. Those cracks are a serious danger because they let water seep below the surface of the parking lot. As water in the cracks freezes, it will make those cracks expand. Make sure you have even the smallest ones sealed and treated.
The end of summer brings significant rain, and that can lead to some water damage if your property has drainage issues. Make sure that your storm drain system is clean, clear, and secure. Any damage, including collapsed pipes, needs to be repaired right away. That way, you can be sure that any water flow will run where it should be. Remember that storm basins need periodic adjustments, re-leveling, and clearing. Your asphalt contractor can help you do that.
With the right advanced planning, you can get your parking area prepared before the winter weather comes in. The more proactive you are, the better it will be for your business and your parking lot.
Contact a company like Bartelt Enterprises Inc. for more information and assistance.