If you own or manage a business, the condition of the parking lot speaks volumes about your operations. In essence, it is the very first interaction that visitors have with you. Think about it this way. If your parking area is in shambles, it will give off the vibe that your business may be in shambles as well. The bottom line is that potential customers or clients may not want to conduct business with you if the parking lot is neglected. First impressions are everything. That means, the surface of your parking lot should look clean and fresh at all times. You need to sweep the parking lot on a regular basis. When cracks begin to appear, they must be repaired immediately.
A fresh coat of seal coating should be applied on a yearly basis. The surface should be repaved when it is required. Your parking lot can only be repaired for so long without looking like a scarred mess. The landscaping surrounding your parking lot should properly maintained as well. Investing in a bit of mulch and some flowers and plants each spring is always a good idea. You should also make sure that any grass surfaces are mowed on a weekly basis, and weeds are removed immediately. That being stated, properly maintaining your parking lot goes beyond the necessary cosmetic related upkeep.
You also need to pay careful attention to the catch basins located within your parking lot. Unfortunately, this is an area that a great deal of business owners and managers fail at. The catch basins play an incredibly important role. They ensure that rainwater and snowmelt runoff enters into the drainage system as opposed to flooding your parking lot and the area located near it such as the street. However, if a catch basin is either too full or clogged, the rainwater and snowmelt runoff is unable to enter into the drainage system.
Instead, all that excessive water will flood the surrounding area. The idea behind catch basins in simple. Rainwater and snowmelt runoff flows into receptacles that are located in the ground. Debris from the water sinks to the bottom of the catch basin receptacle, and the water flows into an outlet pipe where it goes into the sewer system, is distributed into a retaining pond, or enters into local waterways such as streams, ponds, and rivers. When catch basins become full of debris, the water does not flow into the outlet pipe. Instead it backs up out of the catch basin.
This is when flooding occurs. The good news is that flooding can easily be avoided by hiring a professional environmental company to clean and inspect the catch basins located within your parking lot. The best times to have your catch basins cleaned is in the late fall, spring, and early summer. That will go a long way in preventing your parking lot from flooding.
If you have any questions about professional catch basin cleaning, or would like to schedule service we are glad to help. Jolin Paving & Excavating, Inc. is your New England connection for a vast variety of environmentally related services. Our company has been serving Boston Massachusetts, Southern NH, VT & ME as well as Northern CT & RI since 1952. Please Contact us to learn more today.