Whether they are driving or walking, no one likes to encounter a pothole. Vehicles can suffer damage to their suspension system, transmission, or tires. Pedestrians can be injured if they trip or fall. Although property owners may know the potential risks that potholes pose to pedestrians and vehicles, they do not always realize that unrepaired potholes can destroy asphalt paving. Water will accumulate in the pothole, percolate down, and erode the foundation, causing more potholes to form and alligator cracking to occur. If freezing temperatures strike while water remains in the pothole, the expanding ice will enlarge the pothole and initiate cracks in previously undamaged areas. When potholes appear, it is crucial to act promptly to prevent additional damage. Depending on the season, fixing a pothole may involve a temporary or permanent repair.
What Is the Best Way to Fix Potholes?
What Is a Permanent Repair Method for Potholes?
The best way to fix a pothole is to have an asphalt company use hot mix asphalt to install a saw-and-replace patch. The damaged pavement will be removed, and new asphalt will be placed and compacted. Depending on the pothole, the contractor may need to remove all layers of the asphalt to make repairs to the foundation, or he may need to remove some of the layers without accessing the foundation. If all layers are removed, paving contractors refer to this repair as a full-depth patch. If it is not necessary to remove all layers, this is referred to as a partial-depth patch.
What Is a Temporary Repair Method for Repairing Potholes?
During the winter, it may be impossible to use hot mix asphalt to repair a pothole. Since fixing a pothole is a necessary parking lot repair, paving contractors can use cold mix asphalt to make a temporary fix. Although this will likely get you through the winter, you should not expect it to last much longer than five or six months, and it may fail in a shorter period. A second type of temporary repair is called a skin patch, which is akin to covering a cut with a bandage. Skin patches can typically have longer lives than cold patches, but they are not permanent repairs and can fail in as little as two years.
Is It Possible to Prevent Potholes?
You can reduce the likelihood of potholes developing in your asphalt pavement by paying careful attention to your paving maintenance and repairs. Asphalt crack sealing can help prevent cracks from continuing to grow or turning into potholes. Asphalt sealcoating blocks damaging rays from the sun, helps stop automotive fluids from reaching and destroying the binder in asphalt pavement, and makes the pavement even more watertight. Many sealcoating contractors also offer crack repairs and pavement markings, and parking lot striping, which may save you time and possibly money. It is also important to keep your pavement clean. Remove dead leaves, trash, and grass clippings so that moisture will not be trapped next to the pavement. If vehicles leak oil, brake fluid, gasoline, or other automotive fluids, clean the spills thoroughly every six months or so.
Let C&C Super Seal Help You Take Care of Your Pavement
C&C Super Seal is a Bensalem paving contractor, and we have the expertise to help you obtain the most extended, most trouble-free life possible for your pavement. Our paving services include asphalt crack repair, commercial sealcoating, parking lot sweeping, asphalt paving, parking lot striping, bollard installation, and snow removal. We are known for delivering exceptional work at reasonable rates. We offer free quotes, so submit the online request form or call our office in Bensalem at 267-223-9906.