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How To Know Your Parking Lot Is Unsafe

Is your parking lot showing signs of wear and tear, with cracks in the asphalt and trenches forming in the drainage ditches? 

Taking action early can keep your business's parking lot in top condition, making it safer for clients, staff, and vehicles. Here are some ways to know if your parking lot is unsafe:

Carry out a visual inspection

Think of yourself as a pavement detective! Look out for cracks, potholes, and bumpy areas, and check if drain grates are blocked or rusty. Has the road striping turned into a puzzling maze? Catching these problems early is essential to avoid bigger (and costlier) fixes later on.

Expansion joint failure

Failed expansion joints cause water to penetrate and reach the reinforcing steel and T-to-T connector plates. When you detect such issues, reacting quickly to make repairs will be beneficial in the long run.

Faulty asphalt drainage system

Take a closer look at the drainage system to ensure everything functions properly before diving into parking lot repairs. Often, issues arise when water from snow or rain accumulates in specific areas, putting extra pressure on the asphalt and leading to cracks and potholes.

So, inspect your commercial property or building thoroughly, paying attention to gutters, curbs, and catch basins. Ensure they are free from debris or dirt and not blocked. 

Oil spills on the pavement

It's not just about appearances; oil spills can make your asphalt slippery. In addition, they can penetrate the asphalt and cause it to degrade faster.

Keep an eye out for spills and clean them up promptly to prevent accidents and extend the life of your pavement. Regular maintenance in this regard goes a long way in preserving the quality and safety of your parking lot.

Opt for testing instead of guessing

Consider a subgrade evaluation that delves into soil type, stability, and moisture levels. Checking the subgrade beneath the pavement is a crucial step in resolving parking lot issues. 

The subgrade, which refers to the native soil supporting asphalt lots, provides a sturdy base for the pavement structure, significantly influencing the asphalt surface's lifespan.

Ideally, the subgrade should be stable, well-compacted, and free from organic materials or clay soil. If you notice uneven soil, it could indicate excess weight or pressure on a specific area, potentially leading to asphalt cracking or a pothole. This proactive approach helps identify potential problems before they become visible, saving you time and money.

Faded striping

It's not just about looks; clear and visible markings are essential for smooth traffic flow and pedestrian safety. Faded or missing stripes can cause confusion and accidents. 

Give your parking lot a safety boost by refreshing its lines for a clearer, more organized space that benefits both drivers and pedestrians.

Keep your parking lot safe with expert asphalt repair services 

Overlooking the safety of your parking lot is risky business. If your once-smooth asphalt has succumbed to the elements, leaving behind potholes, jagged cracks, and crumbling asphalt throughout, ignoring these warning signs won't make them disappear.

At Hicks Paving, we're dedicated to crafting secure and long-lasting parking spaces that elevate your business and ensure the safety of everyone. Request a quote today!


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