Patch Asphalt Cracks Or Risk More Costly Damage
If you run any sort of business that has an asphalt lot or pathways on the property, you know cracks in the asphalt can be unsightly and annoying, especially if they expand into potholes. But there's another problem that can occur if you don't patch those cracks and holes quickly, and that's erosion. As rainwater seeps into damaged asphalt, it can create hidden damage that you don't find out about until it's well underway. Patching damage as you find it helps prevent a much costlier repair in the future.
This damage is straightforward. Water gets into cracks and potholes, seeping down to the ground underneath the road or lot. When enough water gets through all the layers of substrate and whatever else might have been laid down when the lot or road was constructed, it can saturate the soil underneath. As more water spreads through the soil, the bigger the chance that the soil will start to wash away once it finds a weak spot at the edge of the road.
In other words, eventually that area of wet soil will expand past the visible boundaries of the road. Once the area of wet soil has an outlet into the open, excess water can cause the soil to start eroding at that spot, with more and more soil washing away. If there are pipes under the road, like city water pipes, the soil can wash away through any spaces between the pipe and the soil around it.
In either case, you end up with a sinkhole or collapsed roadway or lot. Fixing something like that is going to involve much more work and money than just filling in a pothole.
To prevent something like this from happening, inspect all of the asphalt on your property regularly -- actually write it into the maintenance schedule. Also check after rainstorms to ensure no potholes have appeared. If you find anything, even a little crack, get to work.
Fill cracks and potholes as soon as the weather allows. Check the edges of lots and roads for weak spots where it appears the soil is starting to separate from the asphalt. Also look at things like concrete parking bumpers for changes in how even or level they are.
If you'd like help with those inspections or need assistance with fixing any damage, contact an asphalt paving and maintenance company (such as Curtis Clean Sweep) as soon as you can. Don't ignore asphalt because you think it's relatively harmless -- all it takes is a little damage to end up with a big mess.