If there is one thing that you can count on in the Houston area, it is that there will be plenty of rain. Naturally, in the middle of a thunderstorm, you cannot avoid having puddles in your parking lot. Once the rain has stopped, however, the puddles should disappear quickly. If the puddles linger, you should take steps to resolve the underlying problem to prevent potential damage to your asphalt pavement.
Puddles Can Damage Your Asphalt Paving Parking Lot – Possible Causes
For a puddle to form, there must be a low spot in the pavement. Low spots can be caused by a number of different issues. Heavy equipment or overweight vehicles such as buses or trucks can compress your pavement beyond its limits. Allowing a car to remain stationary for several days can lead to depressions, especially during a sweltering Houston summer. If spills are not cleaned in time, transmission fluid, gasoline, oil and other automotive fluids can soften your pavement, making it easier for low spots to develop. Clogged or inadequate storm drains can allow water to accumulate on the surface of your pavement. Improper compaction of the asphalt or base when your pavement was installed can allow low spots to form. Ground movement that allows the soil to subside can cause low spots. If the base has become destabilized due to water penetration, low spots can develop in places where the pavement has sunk.
Dealing with Puddles
The cause of the puddles determines the best method to eliminate them. You should ask a dependable contractor to locate the cause and recommend the appropriate action. It may be possible to eliminate puddles by patching low spots, improving your drainage system or replacing damaged pavement. You can help prevent the formation of low spots by banning overweight vehicles, ensuring that heavy loads are not allowed to remain stationary, cleaning fluid leaks promptly, maintaining your sealcoating and keeping drains and catch basins clean.
Let LDC Paving Help
LDC Paving is a full-service asphalt paving provider specializing in the repair, maintenance and marking of parking lots. We have been delivering quality work at reasonable prices to customers in Houston and its surrounding areas since 2009. Our services include asphalt overlays, crack repairs, sealcoating, grading, speed bumps and pavement markings. If you would like to receive a free estimate, you can complete our online form or call 832-640-7296.
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