If you own or operate a property that includes a parking lot, or manage a free standing parking lot, than you know the importance of keeping it maintained and in good working order. However, there may be certain things that happen or damages that appear that you simply cannot explain. Chances are they are caused by drainage problems. So how can you tell if your parking lot is suffering from drainage problems? Here are some signs that you are having parking lot water runoff issues. First and foremost you will begin to notice that large puddles form whenever it rains.
Furthermore, those puddles take an incredibly long time to dissipate. In essence, the puddles will stick around for a long time even if it hasn’t rained any further for days or even weeks on end. The next telltale sign is if you notice any leftover debris such as pebbles and sand in random places across the pavement. The third sign goes back to those puddles. Once the puddles do finally dry, you will notice dusty looking patches that remain where the puddles where located. In order to prevent the problem from getting worse you need to have your parking lot water runoff issue fixed by a professional as soon as possible.
If the problem does get worse it can ruin both the surface and sub-structure of your parking lot. It can even lead to a flood that may very well end up flooding the interior of your property, your neighbors, and the street. If that occurs you are responsible from both a legal and financial aspect. Chances are high that you will be sued in a court of law. You may even run into major difficulties with the Environmental Protection Agency. Here are a few signs that the standing water has already started to ruin your asphalt and perhaps the sub-structure of your parking lot.
First and foremost, you will begin to see cracks in the asphalt. This is due to the standing water putting too much pressure on the material. Another telltale sign that your asphalt has been affected is when the top layer of asphalt starts to disentangle. That means the standing water has actually eroded the top layer of the asphalt. If the asphalt looks like it is bleeding, meaning the binding agent has risen to the top surface, it is an indicator that the aggregate below has started to separate and deteriorate. The bottom line is that you need to take action immediately. Do not ignore the problem. It will not go away or magically fix itself. In fact, it will only get worse until the point that your parking lot ends up looking like it is in a war zone.
If you are having parking lot water runoff issues in New England, 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.