If your Plant City parking lot paving has been professionally installed by an asphalt pavement expert, you should not worry about the damage that salt can do to your surface pavement.
Your asphalt pavement will be sturdy enough that it can withstand the probably harsh effect of salting the surface during the winter season. What you should think about, though, is the effect of salting your pavement has on the environment.
Yes, really, the environment. What we don’t understand is that salting the surface of the asphalt pavement means that this salt will melt over time and its water runoff will affect plants, animals, and even local waterways.
Over time, the salt that you applied on your surface pavement will melt and will run off to the drainage system and then to the rivers, oceans, and other waterways. Studies have shown that roadway salting is the direct effect of the increase in the salinity of rivers, lakes, and drinking water.
This is the reason why there are many municipalities across America that are looking for new technologies and solutions to keep their roads slippery-free during the winter season. There are less and less local governments that use salt during this season.
Effect on people’s health
When the salinity of the water that we drink increases, it has a profound effect on the human body. There are a lot of health risks and diseases related to eating too much salt. You can imagine how a person might feel like if he doesn’t even know he’s drinking water that can be bad for his body.
Your kidneys will have trouble keeping up with the excess sodium in the bloodstream. As a result, the body will hold on to water to dilute the sodium. This increases the amount of fluid surrounding the cells and the volume of blood in the bloodstream.
This creates more pressure for the heart and blood vessels. Over time, the extra work and pressure will stiffen the blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.
Effect on marine life
Studies have been extensively made on the effect of high salinity on fish and crabs and other marine life. While some marine species can easily transition and may even migrate to other bodies of water that has less salt, some will try to keep up with the high salinity and damage their kidneys, gills, and salt glands. This could be the reason why in areas that still use salt on pavements, certain aquatic organisms cannot be found.