If you’ve noticed standing water pools in your parking lot after a rainstorm, it’s important to take a closer look. Pooling water is a sign of changes in the asphalt and it can lead to more extensive issues. Understanding what causes this issue will ensure you take steps to prevent it and secure asphalt paving services to repair the damage.
Issues That Cause Pooling Water
Pooling water is a concern because it erodes asphalt. The constant water exposure breaks down the adhesive and rock, resulting in cracks and collapsed areas, called potholes. These are dangerous to pedestrians because they’re a trip and fall hazard. They could also damage motorists’ tires and vehicles.
Water pools because the asphalt is sinking and forming a depression. It could be from slow water erosion over time that flattened the drainage grade, or the soil beneath the parking lot could be shifting, causing areas to collapse. Either way, the water coverage will only further erode the hardscape, resulting in larger pools and more damage.
Ways to Prevent Puddling
Start by maintaining the sloped area. When pooling begins, contact asphalt paving professionals. They can apply a fresh layer of asphalt to these areas that will divert rainwater to drainage ditches. It's a good time to also discuss sealcoating. By applying a water-resistant sealant to the parking lot, you reduce how quickly rainwater will erode the asphalt surface. Sealant needs to be reapplied every 3-5 years, so make it part of your long-term maintenance plan.
If you need reliable asphalt paving or snow removal, contact Guarco Construction in Granby, CT. We are family-owned and -operated, and have served Hartford County and the surrounding areas since 1974. We specialize in commercial and residential paving and snow removal. We are renowned for their friendly, dependable service, attention to detail, and competitive rates. Learn more about us online or call (860) 278-5558 to schedule your snow removal or asphalt paving.
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