Signs That You Are Having Parking Lot Water Runoff Issues

Did you know that parking lot water runoff might be a big problem for you? That is if you own or manage a stand-alone parking lot or a building that has a parking lot on the grounds. If stormwater is not running off of the surface properly it can ruin both the asphalt and soil foundation of your parking lot. If that happens that asphalt will crack and break. The area may very well end up looking like it has recently been in a war zone with large, crater sized holes in it. At that point people will not want to park in it.

That’s why it’s so important to properly manage your parking lot drainage so that people will actually want to park there. If your customers refuse to park in your parking lot, they may abandon your business altogether. What would happen then? Chances are you’d go out of business. Here’s another example of how important it is to properly maintain water runoff.  If you own or manage an apartment building, your tenants will constantly be complaining that the parking lot is in bad shape. If it causes any damage to their vehicles, they may even move out once the lease ends.

You may not be able to get anyone to fill those vacancies. Once again, your business will be losing money hand over fist. The bottom line is that people need to feel comfortable parking their vehicles in your parking lot. Otherwise, you will look for other places to park, and that may very well negatively affect your bottom line. So, what causes stormwater issues?

Have you ever noticed that your parking lot was built on a slight pitch? Parking lots are designed that way so that whenever it rains or the snow coverage melts the water can drain off of the parking lot.

However, if it doesn’t have enough of a pitch than water runoff may be a big problem. This is due to the fact that the stormwater or melted snow has nowhere to go. So, it sits on top of the asphalt in the form of puddles. Puddles are basically standing water until they evaporate. Puddles are also normal after large rainstorms or large amounts of snow melt at once.  However, if the puddles are due to a water runoff problem they may not evaporate quickly or at all.

The longer the puddles sit there, the more damage they do to the asphalt. If your parking lot is damaged due to lack of stormwater runoff the unit may need to be re-pitched. That involves ripping out the asphalt, and re-grading the soil underneath it.

If you have any questions about our parking lot damage that is caused by a problem with wastewater runoff, or would like to schedule service we are happy to help. Please contact us today! 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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