Potholes cause eyesores and potential safety hazards that can deter customers from your parking lot, which can lead to a decrease in business. If you have a parking lot or roadway that is riddled with potholes, you will want to tackle these repairs to keep your paved surfaces smooth and safe for those who travel on the surfaces. As experts in asphalt paving in Lodi, CA, we offer both installation and repair services to keep your paved surfaces in great shape over time. These are a few things you need to know about pothole repair.
Once water enters the interior structure of the asphalt, it expands and contracts under the pavement. As traffic increases the weight on the top of the weakened spot on the pavement, the issues continue to worsen. Over time, the pavement area will become so weak that it will start to break down, and potholes will form.
When you call the professionals at M Carroll Blacktop to repair your asphalt surfaces, you may wonder how they do it. There are a few steps involved in the pothole patching process.
First, Clean the Pothole – Before we make any repairs, we need to clean the pothole and remove any dirt and debris from under the pavement. By doing this first, you ensure that this debris will not weaken the repair.
Second, Heat the Pothole – By heating the pothole, you remove any moisture from inside the pavement. The heat will also soften the pavement so the new asphalt can be applied.
Third, Add the New Asphalt – We will typically use the hot mix asphalt to make the repair. This new asphalt is compacted to ensure water is reduced and penetration is minimized. This compaction will create a bond between the new and old asphalt.
Last, Cool the Asphalt – Any of the debris that was not already removed will not be eradicated from the area, and the area can cool off for a little. Most pothole repairs can be driven on soon after the repairs are complete.
While some people may want to try to repair potholes on their own to save money. However, it requires experience, skills, and technology to make a proper pothole repair that will last. You should look for paving contractors that are experts in asphalt pavement and repairs. Before you choose the right contractor, ask for free quotes for your job and talk to them about any qualifications, insurance, and licenses they have to keep the job safe and perform quality repairs.
Our team of experienced paving contractors is here to meet any of your repair needs and keep your pavement in great condition over time. Contact the experts in asphalt paving in Lodi, CA to hear about our repair and installation services today!