Line Striping – Last Chance For Linestriping Before Winter

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Line Striping Before Winter

line striping winter - sweeping.comNothing lasts forever, and parking lines are no exception. Parking lot line striping is an important form of communication in the world of transportation.

Parking lot line stripes support an organized and orderly parking experience. It is also important to note that line striping cannot be done in the winter, so it is prudent to evaluate your parking lot needs ahead of time.

Time, exposure to harsh weather, chemicals, quality line stripe paint, and overall use of the parking lot, will cause the lines will fade. Parking lot stripes are designed to improve not only the parking organization, but the aesthetic appeal of the lot. So when the lines fade, the first impression could be negative.

Line Striping – Multiple Benefits

More importantly, when the parking lot stripes fade, it makes both navigation and parking difficult.  This not only creates an unsafe environment, drivers also become quite frustrated.

Driving around a parking lot with faded line striping can be an accident waiting to happen. Clearly marked lines direct the flow of traffic, provide easy to see parking spaces, and are pleasing to the eye.

Another important factor of parking lot line striping is the compliance with ADA regulations in regards to the handicapped. A handicapped driver may not be able to make use of the designated spots if it is not clearly marked. One of the unrealized benefits of ADA regulations related to line striping is that the clearly marked parking lot, with vibrant visible colors, creates a reliable access for emergency vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances.

Line striping a parking lot is more complicated than most people think. However, if your lines need freshening up, or you are marking your parking lot for the first time, there are some practical tips to keep in mind.

1.Line Striping Planning

Start with the layout plan of the area.  What type of stripes needed, and what is the condition surface area for the line striping paint. There are some standard guidelines pertaining to width and length of stripe.

See our article on basic guidelines: Line Striping: Guidelines for Line Striping the Right Way.  Also check to see if your local authorities have specific requirements.

However, keeping the carpentry adage in mind, “measure twice, cut once” is a satisfactory reminder of the importance of planning ahead. Planning ahead also includes making sure the paint gets refreshed before winter.

2. Line Striping Paint – Which Paint to Use?

The type of paint used determines the quality of the lines. Also, there are generally two types of paint that are used.

Oil-based Alkyd Paint . This is used for restripes and new layouts.
Latex Paint is used for resurfaced lots.

3. Line Striping Measurements

There are three general types of parking stalls: straight in parking at 90 degrees, angled parking at 45 or 60 degrees, and parallel parking stalls.

The size of the stalls are created according to their intended use. Though standard stalls, depending on your city’s zoning regulations, are 9 by 18 feet, there is variation due to compact stalls.

Again, check with your municipalities zoning regulations before you finalize to any measurements.

4. Line Striping Regulations – Planning for the ADA Elements

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements came into effect in June, 1992. The law requires a specified amount of handicap spaces, as well as the mandatory minimum parking stall size.

Having vibrant and fresh parking lot striping is important for meeting ADA regulations, safety and aesthetics. Parking lots need to be repainted, on average and according to use, every 24 to 48 months. It is important to plan ahead for maintaining your parking lot linstriping. Always plan in advance so that your parking lot can be at its best for the winter months, when repainting is not an available service.

Do you have a parking lot that needs a stripe refresh?  Or perhaps a new parking lot needing a striping plan?  Give us a call, 732-886-1940.  We are line striping experts and we will get you parking lot properly striped and looking great.

Inlet Repair – Why You Should Fix Your Storm Drain Inlet

Inlet Repair – Functions of storm water inlets

inlet repair - sweeping.comStorm water drains have different names. Whether they are called curb inlets, drop inlets or drain inlets, they are all the same thing.

Storm water inlets drain storm water runoff and diverts it to underground piping. This prevents flooding and diverts water to basins or waterways designed to manage storm water.

Inlet repair – Sinkholes and their links to drainage structures

You may have noticed that sinkholes sometimes appear around storm water drains. One of the major causes of sinkholes around storm water drains is structure leakage.

This happens when the seams around the structure begins to leak through water intrusion. The degree of the leakage increases over time if not fixed. The materials used in the joints between the pipes will gradually deteriorate and the leaks will become wider. This process of sealing pipe joints is known as parging.

It is important to note that postponing an inlet repair will result in significantly higher repair costs. Since leakage points will deteriorate and widen, the sinkholes will gradually get deeper and also more expensive to repair.

In other words, the longer you ignore leaking structures and an inlet repair project the more you increase your costs in two ways – repairing the leaks and filling the sinkholes. Once you notice a sinkhole, no matter how small, immediately contact inlet repair experts to find the cause and fix it before it becomes a full inlet collapse.

Inlet Repair – More Causes and Consequences

Another cause of sinkholes or leaks in the drain structures is the settlement of the adjacent soil. When the ground begins to sink, the drain structure could shift out of position. This could lead to leaks since the shifting frequently stretches the sealing materials. Apart from leaks or leakages, shifting can also cause cracking or breakage of the joints. This also leads to inlet collapse.

The speed at which leakages turn to sinkholes depends on a couple of factors. First of all, the volume of water flowing through the drain or flowing into the drain plays a prominent role in this. The higher the volume of water passing through the drains the faster the buildup of sinkholes.

The second factor is the size of the leaks. Larger leaks lead to larger volumes of water intrusion and accelerated deterioration.

Here is  detailed article on the causes of inlet failure – Concrete Repair: Why Inlets Collapse and What To Do About It

Inlet Repair – How to fix leaks in storm water structures

Although this is not the most effective effective solution, the first intervention to fill up sinkholes with an aggregate of gravel or soil. This just treats the symptom, not the root causes..

Generally the filler material does not stop the sinkholes from getting bigger. Once the filler materials have washed away, the sinkholes will reappear and the cycle of adding filler materials begins again. The permant solution to sinkholes and in order to prevent a costly inlet collapse, you must complete a thorough inlet repair.

Filling sinkholes without any inlet repair is just like refilling a leaking bucket with water. If you don’t plug the leakage, filling it up with more water will just be temporary. After a short period, depending on how big the leakage is, the water level would drop again.

Some people prefer to install additional parging on the leaks and this also works for a short period. During the cold days of winter some drains and pipes freeze and this increases the chances of parging failure. So, additional parging can only work for a short period.

The best and most effective solution to leakages of storm water drainage structures is to seal all the leaks in the joints one after another. After which you can then fill up the sinkholes. However, this method can only be effective if the stormdrain repair is done with the right sealing materials by experienced stormdrain repair experts.

Do you have an inlet in need of concrete repair?  Is your inlet sagging, cracked or not operating properly?  Call us at 609-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to assess your needs and guide you to the proper inlet repair.