Every so often, you see cracks and lines on the pavement of the convenience store parking lot, your own driveway, or even on public roads and highways. It might make you wonder why these lines keep appearing even though the government or the business owner seems to be always on top of the situation of every Haines City parking lot paving problem.
Fatigue cracking, which is also called alligator cracking, is the most common type of distress in asphalt pavement. It appears little by little until the lines are interconnected already—like a spider web. It is called crocodile lines because it resembles the hide of the reptile.
Fatigue cracking can be moderate to severe. Moderate cracking means there is a solution somewhere out there. Severe alligator lines may require a total revamp or the restriping of the pavement.
Here are some other causes of why these cracks appear on pavements and driveways:
Failure of the sub-base
The most important feature of a parking lot pavement or a driveway is the sub-base layer to be found below the surface of the road, driveway, or parking lot. When crocodile lines appear on the surface, it means there must be something wrong with the sub-base because how can the top pavement suddenly have lines without some weakening of the structure?
Poor drainage system
Is your pavement sitting on top of a drainage system? Pipes run underground, which means you won’t have any idea if there are leaks or cracks along the pipes. When there is, it might be because the pressure of the water is too much for the pipes to handle. The strong water pressure can really damage the pipes. If you are running a business in that area, make sure that the drainage is properly placed and that everything is running smoothly.
While we cannot control traffic (even foot traffic), there are ways to make the roads and pavements safer. Vehicles that are overloaded and passing by the same roads should pay a minimal fee. This fee can be collected and it can be used to maintain the road, driveway, or parking lot. Do not allow traffic to be stuck on your road, especially because it can damage the structure of your driveway or parking lot. There is a certain allowable tons or pounds that could pass by your pavement regularly. The key, however, is to properly maintain and check any issues that may arise on your pavement.