Nothing sparkles like an asphalt pavement when it is first laid. And that is the way you want to keep it.
However, it may come as a shock to you to learn that asphalt doesn’t stay looking fresh and new all by itself!
It needs some help along the way to stay looking its best.
AustinTXPaving.com would heartily advise all owners, managers and caretakers to take all the steps necessary for the ongoing maintenance of their asphalt paving.
Because it saves money in the long run if you take care of it right.
The first and easiest thing you can do to care for your blacktop is the most simple.
For the domestic homeowner and smaller parking lot manager, this does not require any high powered equipment. All you need is a broom and a ready supply of elbow grease!
Larger areas may require the intervention of a sweeping machine, but even then our team often uses manual cleaning to ensure nothing has been missed.
Walking around your lot, with a broom, is a good way of inspecting it for further cracking and damage.
Pay special attention to pools of water, which can sink into cracks in your paving and damage it.
If there is a lot of water clogging up your asphalt driveway or parking lot, this could point to an underlying drainage issue.
This is something which needs prompt attention. Creating a drainage solution is very important and will prevent flooding, as well as further damage to your pavement.
It might be tempting to neglect the weed, growing out between the cracks in your asphalt, but we would urge attention.
The roots can wreak havoc with the surface of your paving and also become a tripping hazard.
It is easier to deal with the problem before it becomes a full on infestation!
At the heart of your cleaning program, will be the constant surveillance for the demon cracking.
By getting into the habit of frequent brushing and inspecting of the paving, you will be able to spot problems before they become critical.
Another thing that needs cleaning up quick sharp are gas and oil spills.
These are the bane of a parking lot managers life, as they cause staining and damage to the pavement surface.
With prompt action, you can minimize the destruction that an oil spill can bring to your asphalt!
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