Do you own or manage a commercial building that has a parking lot? Perhaps you own or manage a stand-alone parking lot where you charge people to park? In either case it is important to keep that parking lot in tip-top shape. Think about it this way. If you own a commercial building that has a parking lot in rough condition, potentially your customers might think twice about parking there if they fear that their automobile may be damaged. That may lead to a loss of business. The same holds true if you own or manage a stand alone parking lot that is in need of repairs due to deterioration. Anything that may lead to a loss of revenue should be acted upon and rectified as soon as possible.

Although it costs money to properly maintain your parking lot, you simply cannot take a chance of losing that hard earned and incredibly valuable revenue. In addition to sealcoating every few years, and re-paving the parking lot when necessary, maintenance should include taking good care of the parking lot’s drainage system. That includes having the catch basins cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. If your parking lot drainage system is not working properly it can cause a tremendous amount of problems down the road.

For example, pools of standing water will begin to form. When water pools on asphalt and concrete surfaces it begins to eat away at those surfaces. The water will penetrate tiny microscopic cracks that will soon turn into larger cracks that can be seen with the human eye. Even if you have the cracks filled before they turn into even larger cracks, this process will go on and on until you have the drainage problem taken care of.  The good news is that most parking lot drainage issues are simple to fix. This holds especially true if the parking lot was engineered correctly.

For example, a well-designed parking lot will include catch basins at the low points of the parking lot. That way when it rains or large amounts of snow melt all at once in the spring, the water will flow directly to those catch basins instead of collecting and pooling on the surface of the parking lot. However, if the catch basins are not cleaned and inspected at least twice per year, sediment in the catch basins will build up to the point that it will block the catch basins from working correctly. In this case, the storm water or snowmelt runoff will back up out of the catch basins and flow back to the parking lot.

If there is a severe rainstorm or an incredibly large pile of snow that is melting all at once, and your catch basins are clogged, it can actually flood your parking lot and surrounding area including your neighbors’ properties and the street which you will be responsible for.

If you have any questions about our parking lot drainage services in New England, or would like to schedule service we are happy 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. Environmental related issues occur all of the time, and can strike at any time. That is exactly why you need to have a local and reliable environmental services company at the helm and ready to go whenever you actually need them.

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