The snow is (finally) melting and spring is almost upon us. With new seasons comes new weather, and rainfall is just part of what you have to deal with when you live and work in the Midwest. However, what you don’t have to deal with are parking lot drainage problems. A professional pavement contractor can modify and repair your parking lot to redirect stormwater to drain effectively.
Water can become a serious problem for some parking lots. Oxygen and UV rays work together with standing water to cause the pavement to crack and the water to seep through to the subsoil. Proper drainage is a critical issue that can’t be ignored when installing or repairing a parking lot. The main objective is to create a strategy to move all water away from the parking lot surface and into culverts, storm sewers, or other channels as efficiently as possible. Pavement Solutions understands the importance of taking the necessary precautions when developing a drainage system for your specific lot. Doing this will result in a longer life for the parking lot and lower maintenance costs for the property owner.
If you notice water puddling and pooling in the same places every time it rains, then it’s time to consider improving your drainage. Stagnant stormwater can contain harmful contaminants from the runoff and can put out some pretty nasty odors. As the puddles grow, parking stalls become more difficult to access, which can cause your customers to go elsewhere.
The most common reasons for pooling to occur are:
- The pavement contractor(s) who originally paved the parking lot excavated the underground subsoil incorrectly prior to installation.
- Improperly executed repair work has disrupted the drainage system design of the lot.
- Areas of depressions have formed in the parking lot due to years of erosion from rainfall.
If the pooling restricts the use of your parking lot, making it difficult for visitors to drive and park freely, you must make repairs ASAP.
As previously stated, your drainage system is put in place to wick water away from the parking lot and into the proper drain structures. Water flows into inopportune places because the pavement contractors who originally installed your parking lot didn’t include ample drains, inlets, or proper curbing.
Wear and tear on a parking lot is inevitable, especially in the midwest with the freeze-thaw weather cycles that come with the territory. The constant stress of foot and vehicle traffic is going to require routine maintenance. A lot with poor drainage that’s been neglected for long enough will result in huge repair costs, for something that was once easily preventable.