Taking care of your Winter Haven parking lot paving can be simultaneously simple and difficult. Simple because in general, maintaining your asphalt paving is very simple and cost-effective, which is why many business owners opt for the asphalt option. However, asphalt parking lot paving can be difficult to maintain because if you’re not careful, one small crack can lead to a more severe form of damage.
There are many external factors that can cause damage to your asphalt paving. Anything from the UV rays coming from the sun and chemicals that leak out of vehicles such as oil and gasoline are significant sources of damage to your parking lot paving. However, one thing you might not know is that damage can be caused to your asphalt paving by one of the last culprits you might suspect: dumpsters.
Many businesses have dumpsters located at the back or the side of their parking lot paving. This gives the dump trucks that come to collect the waste easier access. When the truck arrives to take out the trash, it makes its way over to the dumpster location. A typical truck can weigh roughly about 40 tons. When the truck lifts up the dumpster, all of that weight suddenly shifts to the forward of the truck. This in turn can damage the area where the pressure is located, resulting in serious cracking.
If this is a common problem for you, it is advisable that you look into installing a concrete pad where the dumpster is located. This helps absorb the weight of the garbage trucks that come to collect the waste from the dumpsters.
If damage has already occurred, it is important that you perform the needed maintenance procedures to prevent any more damage from occurring. If the damaged area shows signs of cracking, then depending on the width of the cracks, you should look into crack filling or crack sealing to stop those cracks from widening any further.
If the cracks’ width is under an inch, then the repair can be carried out quickly enough that you can perform it yourself. However, if the cracking exceeds an inch, or resembles alligator skin, then it is advised that you call a professional paving service to help you repair these. Cracks that exceed an inch are at the highest risk of having water get into them, causing internal damage to the inner workings of your parking lot paving.
Alligator cracking is a definite sign of foundation damage to your Winter Haven parking lot paving, and should be repaired by a professional as soon as possible.