As a business owner, you have to deal with all sorts of things that you wouldn't otherwise think of. For example, with winter weather rapidly approaching, you need to make sure that your asphalt parking lot is prepared. The winter snow, ice, and salt can be damaging to your parking lot, and it can leave you facing costly repairs come spring. Luckily, there are some things you can do to minimize this risk. Here are some tips to help you get your parking area ready for winter, so it is safe for your customers and staff.
Clean Up Before Snow Falls
The first step to protecting your parking area is to clean up any debris or trash that's laying around. Sometimes, what seems like no big deal can actually be destructive to your parking lot when it's paired with ice and other issues. Get rid of any pieces of light covers, auto body panels, and other debris. Clean up the leaves, pine needles, and other waste as well. You'll need a clean surface to treat the asphalt and protect it from the freezing temperatures ahead.
Fill The Potholes
Once you have the entire surface clean, it's easier to take care of the potholes and other similar damage. You need to fill the potholes because they leave the sublayer of your parking area vulnerable to moisture and ice, which can cause structural damage. The sooner you address the holes, the better. Any moisture seeping in will be destructive when the temperatures drop below freezing. Talk with your asphalt contractor about filling the potholes completely and packing the asphalt so that it is structurally sound.
Seal The Cracks And The Surface
Once the potholes are filled, it's time to focus on the smaller spaces. Have any surface cracks filled and sealed completely so that there are no open spaces for moisture or ice to seep through. Then, you can focus on treating the entire surface area. A quality sealcoating application is important for creating a barrier against the ice and salt. Have your asphalt repair contractor apply the sealcoating so that you can be sure that it is properly applied. That way, you know you're getting the most possible protection.
Watch For Water Pooling
Before the snow falls, you're likely to have a few more rainstorms. Make sure that you are attentive to your parking area throughout the next few storms. You need to identify any areas in the lot where water pools. That way, you can make sure that the water is dissipated after any storms. Otherwise, that pooling water can turn into ice pools that will pose safety hazards to your customers and employees.
For more information, contact your local asphalt repair services today.