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How to Prevent Standing Water in Your Parking Lot

Parking Lot Repair Michigan

There shouldn’t be any standing water in your parking lot, especially when it’s been a few days since the last rain.

If you notice standing water in your parking lot, this could be a sign of structural damage to the asphalt that needs repairs.

To determine the best solution for your asphalt paved surface, you’ll need to consult with an experienced Big Rapids asphalt contractor.

Use Sloped Surfaces

Your new asphalt parking lot should be sloped between 1.5 and 3 percent while the shoulders require a slope between 3 and 6 percent. The gentle slope of your new asphalt pavement will prevent water from pooling in the middle of the lot. It’s important to do your research so you hire an asphalt parking lot contractor who will do quality work and take the necessary precautions to prevent standing water. Asphalt parking lots in Michigan benefit greatly from being sloped because of the level of precipitation and snowmelt.

Avoid Parking Heavy Machinery or Vehicles

Your parking lot was designed to carry weight within a specified range. If your parking lot was engineered to only support passenger vehicles, you should avoid having heavy machinery or vehicles park for long periods of time on your asphalt pavement.

Did you know that it’s more damaging to have heavy vehicles sit on your pavement than it is to just have them drive? Over time, the extra weight will sink into the surface of your parking lot and make indentations. For example, if a truck is parked for several days on your asphalt parking lot, you may be able to match up the indentations to each individual tire.

Water will always flow to the lowest point in your parking lot. If heavy vehicles or trucks have depressed the asphalt surface, the water will pool there after it rains. To prevent future puddles in your parking lot, we recommend you contact an asphalt repair company in your area.

Install Proper Drainage

The best way to prevent water from collecting in the first place is to hire a reputable asphalt parking lot contractor to install proper parking lot drainage. In addition to making sure your parking lot has the right slope and grade, a professional asphalt paving contractor will make sure drains are strategically placed to collect water runoff. Asphalt contractors are trained to detect where potential draining problems may occur in your parking lot.

Preventing parking lot water damage is important because it extends the life of your asphalt surface. When water is allowed to seep into the foundation, it creates structural issues within your asphalt. A deteriorating asphalt parking lot is likely to develop more impressions where water will collect. Flooded parking lots also create asphalt cracks and potholes.

If you are interested in our asphalt pavement repair services, please feel free to call us at (989) 352-7305. The Michigan asphalt repair contractors at B&E Coating Services, LLC are dedicated to helping customers restore the function and appearance of their asphalt surfaces. We also offer commercial parking lot sealcoating, asphalt crack repair, and parking lot striping and marking services.