Have you ever pulled into a parking lot that had a bunch of cracks, potholes, and bumps, and were worried about your tires and suspension driving through that mess? Maybe you have pulled into a parking lot that was full of large puddles and thought to yourself is it worth getting your shoes wet? If your parking lot is not in tip top shape your customers and potential customers may very well be asking themselves if it is worth the drive to get there. Your parking lot needs to make a good impression because it is the first experience people have when visiting your business. Unmaintained parking areas also exposes your customer to unnecessary hazards, and you to potential lawsuits for automobile and personal injury cases.
A large part of the maintenance, centers on the parking lot drainage. For example, if the parking lot is failing to drain properly it can cause a significant amount of damage such as cracks, heaves, and bumps. Even if you have those cracks, heaves, and bumps fixed, it will keep happening until the parking lot drainage is fixed. Large puddles are another key sign that you’re having a serious issue with your parking lot drainage.
The good news is that you probably do not need to start from scratch and have the current parking lot removed and replaced with a new one. The very first place to start is with the parking lot stormceptors. When water is collecting on the surface of your parking lot, it typically means that the parking lot drainage system is having an issue. That issue may very well mean that the stormceptors need to be cleaned. It can be as simple as hiring an environmental company that will utilize a vacuum truck in order to remove all of the dirt and debris that collects within the stormceptors.
If you’re not familiar with the term stormceptor, it is a device that is buried in the ground at the low points of your parking lot, just like a catch basin. The purpose of the stormceptor is to collect stormwater runoff, and to separate the pollutants from the water before it distributes the water to the local waterways. When the stormceptor is clogged or filled with dirt and debris the water cannot flow down into the drain. Instead it flows backwards and ends up causing damage to the parking lot. In severe cases, the water will begin to flood the street, your store, and local buildings.
In order to avoid parking lot drainage issues from occurring, simply schedule a stormceptor cleaning and inspection in the late fall and early spring.
If you have any questions or are having parking lot drainage issues in Massachusetts, 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.