Now that fall has officially begun, it is time to think about pre-winter paving maintenance. As a commercial property owner or manager, it is important to maintain a safe and functional lot, including sidewalks, walkways, ramps, curbs, storm basins, and more. In fact, there are 5 specific tasks you should add to you fall parking lot maintenance agenda. Continue reading to learn them all!
❶ Parking Lot Repair
If you look at your parking lot, does it look like it needs a little attention in terms of structure? Right now is the right time to get your parking lot in good shape for the winter so that it can withstand the dropping temperatures, freeze thaw cycles, and inclement weather. Think about having all cracks sealed, pot holes patched up, ramps fixed, and lines re-striped.
❷ Pot Hole Patching
Pot holes are a frustrating sight and support poor water drainage, and can cause major damage to vehicles. Furthermore, they are a hazard for pedestrians and drivers, given that they have the potential to cause serious accidents. For these reasons and more, you must patch up any potholes on your paved premises before the winter climates are here.
❸ Storm Basin Maintenance
Make sure your storm basins are still functioning well before the winter is here. They should be properly collecting and siphoning off water from your parking lot. If they are not, have a licensed and bonded Indianapolis paving company provide pitch adjustments, damage inspections, and reinforcement. Without a functioning storm basin, your lot will experience standing water that can freeze, thaw, and cause extensive damage.
❹ Crack Sealing
If your premises is full of cracked sidewalks, walkways, ramps, and other paved surfaces, it is strongly encouraged to have them filled while the weather is still agreeable. Cracks and crevices in asphalt and concrete will only worsen as time and precipitation continue. The sooner you have them filled and repaired, the better your pavement will be able to remain strong through the winter season.
❺ Seal Coating
As a final precaution, it is always recommended to have your pavement seal coated before the winter begins. Seal coating protects paved surfaces from water permeation, chemical spills, and more. It also makes it look shiny and new, which is very appealing to visitors. Just be sure to have this service done before the end of October, because by then, it may be too late as a result of the climate.