Every year, Hoosiers all across the state start asking themselves, “where did all these pesky potholes come from?” Well, the answer is, winter. In the winter, water and precipitation seeps into porous pavement and then freezes over. The freezing of water forces the pavement to expand as the ice forms. Once warmer temperatures arrive pre-Spring, the frozen water within pavement thaws, causing the surrounding pavement to then contract back into itself. As a result, pavement caves and crumbles and forms what we refer to as potholes. This whole process is known as the seasonal freeze-thaw cycle, and it is the number one cause of Spring potholes.
If your parking lot or commercial drive is ridden with a sudden pothole outbreak, now is the time to get them filled. Continue reading to learn why Spring pothole repair is so important, plus who to trust in Central Indiana for superior commercial paving and road construction service.
Pothole Repair in Indianapolis Indiana
The thing about potholes is, they require immediate attention. Otherwise, they will grow and worsen, potentially posing several safety and liability risks. Not only does broken and crumbled pavement turn off potential consumers by lowering your property’s curb appeal, but also, having large holes and crevices on your pavements can be dangerous for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. If anyone is injured on your commercial property due to a lack of pavement maintenance, you could be held legally responsible for their damages, bodily and property.
Why Repair Potholes in Spring?
Spring is a perfect time for pavement repair and pothole patching because the weather is predictable and mostly ambient. Although Spring is known as the rainy season and it is not ideal to perform pavement work in the rain, there are still plenty of dry days that not too cool and not too warm. Hot mix asphalt is a common material used to fill in potholes.
In the Spring, the weather is warm enough to keep the mix liquid-y while it is poured and spread, but cool enough to support a proper curing and hardening process. Fall is similar in climate, making it another great time of year to have paving work done, such as asphalt resealing and sealcoating.
Just because the freeze-thaw cycle is complete by Spring, there are several elements of the season that can worsen potholes. If you do not repair potholes in the Spring, they will grow larger and expand into additional pavement defects and problems by summer.
Are your lots in need of pavement and pothole repair right now? Contact ACI Asphalt and Concrete at 317-549-1833 for commercial pothole repair in Indianapolis, Indiana. We serve clients all throughout the central parts of the state.