Do you own a parking lot, or commercial building that includes a parking lot? If you answered yes to this questions than you know how important it is to maintain that parking lot. Otherwise it can quickly turn from a profit generator into a wasteland. In essence, your parking lot says a lot about how you conduct business. For example, if you own a retail business your parking lot may very well be the first interaction that your customers or potential customers have with your business. Of course you want to make a good first impression, and that starts by keeping your parking lot properly maintained at all times.

In order to accomplish that you need to have any cracks in the asphalt as soon as they being to appear. You also need to repave or resurface the entire parking lot every so often. That being stated, there is another obvious parking lot maintenance task that should be performed on a regular basis. However, a great deal of parking lot owners do not give it much thought until there is a major problem. It revolves around parking lot water runoff and where the water from that runoff actually goes during storms and massive amounts of snowmelt in the springtime. In general terms, water runoff always seeks a low point whenever it flowing.

In essence, it is significantly easier for water to flow down instead of flowing up. This principal naturally holds true with parking lot water runoff as well. That means whenever it rains or there is heavy snowmelt in the spring, parking lot water runoff will seek the lowest points of your parking lot. That is why your parking lot was most likely designed with a drainage system that includes drains or catch basins at the lowest points of the parking lot. However, if those drains and or catch basins are not working properly, the parking lot water runoff simply cannot be distributed to the proper channels.

In this case the proper channels are a stormwater-retaining pond located on or near the property, the city/town’s main sewage line, or even a local waterway such as a pond or stream. Take a wild guess what happens next? The parking lot water runoff will begin to flood the parking lot. At best the flood will cause damage to the parking lot’s surface. If that occurs, it will cost you money and downtime to the parking lot repaired or even replaced.

Of course, that would not be good for your business or your bottom line. In a worst case scenario, the water will flood the street and surrounding properties, which is another matter entirely since you may be legally and financially responsible. The good news is that hiring an environmental company to clean and inspect the drains and or catch basins in your parking lot will certainly go a long way in avoiding floods. It will also help keep the surface of your parking lot in tip top shape for much longer and cut down on the annual cost of repairs.

If you have any questions about parking lot water runoff issues 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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