Shopping Center Inlet Repair – The Pros and Cons of Postponing Repairs

Shopping Center Inlet repair –  When Is The Right Time? 

Timing is everything. There really is a best time to do most anything.  

When you see a crack in your windshield, it’s best that you have an auto glass specialist look at it immediately and repair it before it turns into a broken window. Timing is everything.

Or if you hear about bad weather, getting the rain gear or snow shovels out so you are prepared for whatever is needed for access to your stores. Timing is everything.

When it comes to Shopping Center inlet repairs, if you notice cracks or depressions that weren’t there before,  it might be a good time to have somebody look at it. Timing is everything.

Shopping Center Inlet Repair – What is a Shopping Center Inlet

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Typical shopping center inlet repair

A standard shopping center inlet has a perforated or slotted metal grate embedded into the pavement.

The grate covers a below-ground concrete structure. This inlet allows rain and storm water  to drain into the structure to keep a parking lot from flooding.

Shopping center inlets have a variety of names and are also known as storm drain, storm sewer, surface water drain/sewer, or stormwater drain.

What Can Go Wrong With A Shopping Center Inlet?

The most obvious issue for shopping center inlets is if they get clogged, it causes a flood.  The simple resolution is to remove the debris clogging the drain (usually leaves or paper) and the water drains.

Regular maintenance usually prevents this from happening, however if the shopping center is close to a heavily wooded area or if a recent event has generated a lot of paper (flyers, tickets or banners for a political rally) the inlets in the parking lot can create and unexpected blockage.

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An inlet that has dropped approximately six inches from previous position with very poor repair efforts. Unsafe and unsightly.

The more costly and potentially unsafe issues can occur when a shopping center inlet begins to deteriorate.

If water seeps in between the pavement and the inlet apron, this can cause erosion of the sub-strata and the collapse of the pavement surrounding the inlet.

Several potential issues can result.  The first is the pavement becomes unsightly.   Visible cracks and deterioration are evident around the inlet and it appears neglected.

The second issue is the pavement becomes unstable and unsafe.  An individual driving (or even walking) on the pavement surrounding the inlet can cause it to collapse and damage the vehicle or cause injury to a pedestrian.

The final issue is complete inlet collapse.  The pavement around the inlet collapses and the infrastructure of the inlet disintegrates.  This creates a major inlet rehabilitation project at a substantial cost.

What kind of shopping center inlet repairs can be done?

In many cases the asphalt perimeter of a storm basin can be repaired so the inlet is returned to its intended purpose, to drain stormwater.

If the catch basin if the inlet has been damaged, it will need to be replaced.

Both projects require specialized expertise for asphalt and concrete repair as well as the administrative expertise needed to coordinate engineers and local officials for construction permits.

What Are The Pros of Waiting?

There are actually no pros to waiting.  Although it may appear that costs savings are achieved by waiting, the actual costs may be much higher if preventative maintenance is deferred.

It is much less expensive to continuously inspect and prevent shopping center inlets so problems can be “nipped in the bud” compare to replacing asphalt.

And replacing asphalt is much less expensive than replacing a shopping center inlet (requiring engineering, permit and possibly traffic fees).

What Are the Cons of Waiting?

As we mentioned above, timing is everything.  The longer you wait for shopping center inlet repair, the higher the cost will be.  The costs range from simple asphalt repair costs to major construction costs (and the most dreaded possible lawsuits).

Timing is everything, don’t postpone your decision to conduct shopping center inlet repairs.

Do you have a shopping center inlet that needs repair?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing inlet repair services to shopping centers, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include inlet repairconcrete repair, asphalt repair, and pavement maintenance.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your residents happy.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for shopping center inlet repair.

 

Asphalt Maintenance – Damage in the Winter, Fixes in the Spring

Asphalt Maintenance – Bad Weather = Parking Lot Damage

asphalt maintenance winter - sweeping.comSnowstorm, rainstorm, nor’easter, bomb cyclone. Whatever the name, it’s all bad weather and it’s really bad for pavement. All this bad weather adds up to one unpleasant truth – it causes lots of parking lot damage.

The more extreme the weather, the more extensive the damage. And it does appear that climate change is generating more extreme weather.

Unfortunately, some asphalt damage needs to be corrected immediately. If a large chunk of pavement fails and creates an unsafe walking or driving condition, you need emergency asphalt maintenance service.

Fortunately, asphalt pavement is a very “fixable” condition with many different types of repair materials and a variety of repair methods. Also, the temperature is not as big a problem with asphalt repairs compared to concrete repairs.

Although not the ideal time of year, asphalt maintenance can be conducted in cold weather. Concrete repairs are much more difficult (and expensive) in cold weather.

Asphalt Maintenance – You Can Wait Until Spring

Another aspect of asphalt maintenance is that the inevitable pothole repair can wait until spring. Depending on the size, location, and traffic, many pothole repairs can be deferred until warmer weather set’s in toward the end of March or beginning in April.

The big challenge with pothole repair at that time of year is the overwhelming demand for labor and materials in the spring. Many property owners want to get asphalt repairs and maintenance completed before the weather gets hot.

People who use the pavement, especially tenants, get very angry if they encounter a pothole that has not been repaired by June.

Preparing For The Spring Crush – What to Do?

So how does a property owner prepare for the asphalt maintenance crush?

Here are a few tips to plan and prepare for your asphalt maintenance needs.

1. Select a reputable maintenance company with asphalt maintenance experience

Google the term “asphalt maintenance” or “pothole repair” in your geography, e.g. “asphalt maintenance freehold nj” or “pothole repairs jackson”

Notice if Google provides local recommendations (it will be in a box of three recommendations at the top of the page). Look for Google reviews first. Good reviews usually indicate a reputable company.

Then visit the company’s website. Have a look at the services they offer. See if they offer any free tips, information or checklists.

The more helpful information they provide, usually the more committed they are to providing good service to their customers

2. Reach out to the company and talk to a representative

Find out if they have representatives that can spend some time speaking with you about your needs.

Ask for references and question where they have provided services in your local area.

Discover if they will listen to your unique situation and if they offer helpful suggestions.

Notice if they follow-up timely. This is an important clue to whether they will follow-up with you after they have started your project.

3. Determine if they can provide the asphalt maintenance services that you need

If you have a large asphalt maintenance project, arrange for an on-site visit so the potential service provider can accurately determine the time, labor and materials for your project.

Ask for a determination of when they could provide services. If they are a know asphalt maintenance company, they may have contractual commitments for the busy time of year.

Ask them for their best estimate of when your project can be added to the “queue”.

Asphalt Maintenance – Don’t wait until the last minute.

The crush for asphalt maintenance in the spring is a real occurrence. If you plan and prepare during January and February, you won’t be waiting long to have your potholes repaired, your cracks filled and any other issues corrected.

If you wait, there might be some nastygram emails or testy calls from tenants or property owners to deal with.

Avoid this today. Let us be the first property management company you investigate.

Check us out and compare us with other asphalt maintenance companies in your local area.

If you’re in Northern NJ, call us at 908-730-7888. If you’re in Central NJ, call us at 732-886-1940.

I believe we can help you to get your asphalt maintenance when you need it.

Sealcoating – Winter Protection and More

Sealcoating – Extending the Life of Your Pavement

sealcoating-sweeping.comAsphalt has long been the material of choice for many paving projects, especially parking lots.

Asphalt is relatively inexpensive when compared to other paving materials, long-lasting, requires minimal maintenance when properly laid, and generally takes less curing time before being usable.

One important step in asphalt maintenance is a good sealcoat. Sealcoating is a process by which a specially formulated sealant is applied to protect the asphalt from deterioration caused by heavy usage, water or chemical penetration, and environmental factors such as harsh weather.

A good sealcoating actually extends the life of your asphalt and keeps its appearance aesthetically appealing.

Sealcoating – The Basic Types

There are three basic types of sealcoating, each of which has its own particular pros and cons depending on your specific needs.

An asphalt-based sealant lasts between 1 – 3 years before needing a fresh application, the tar-based sealant has a lifespan of between 3 – 5 years and a petroleum-based sealant falls somewhere between.

Not all sealants are available everywhere due to environmental issues and questions in certain areas, so an asphalt expert should be consulted before deciding which sealant is right and available for your parking lot.

Sealcoating and Temperature

Regardless of which sealant type you use, keep in mind that temperature affects the outcome of the application.

Warm sunny days with low humidity are the best times to apply the sealer. As a rule of thumb, late Spring into early Autumn is generally ideal months for sealcoating.

Cool, humid weather will not allow the sealant to bind properly with the asphalt nor cure into a strong surface, and attempting to coat in cold weather is a total waste of time and money.

Winter is the least ideal season to seal coat, however warmer winters extend the opportunities for sealcoating projects.  Avoid conduction a sealing job when there is a chance of rain, no matter how warm the day may be.

Sealcoating – Not a Substitute for Crack Filling

Asphalt sealers are designed to protect the surface of the asphalt, not used as a crack filler.

Any potholes, cracks, or other defects should be repaired before sealer is applied. Striping is often an integral part of defining parking spaces and adding to the overall appearance of the parking lot.

Any striping should always be done after the sealant has been applied and cured.

Sealcoating – Improving Property Aesthetics

Your parking lot, whether giving access to a commercial enterprise or an apartment complex, takes up much of your property and is the first thing potential customers or residents see.

Keeping that parking lot clean and well-maintained gives a good first impression and shows pride of ownership. A routine sealing schedule should always be included as part of your asphalt maintenance program.

Not only will that keep your parking lot in tip-top condition, it will save money over the long term.

Thinking about refreshing your parking lot or pavement?  Need to “spruce up” the look of your exterior pavement?  If you’re located in central New Jersey, give us a call at 732-886-1490.  Further North…call us at 908-730-7888.  We’ll be glad to answer your questions about sealcoating.

Asphalt Maintenance – Potholes: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Asphalt Maintenance – Lessons Learned the Hard Way

If there is one lesson that I have learned well as an asphalt maintenance professional, it is this: in order to maintain your parking lots, driveways and roadway, it is necessary to stay on top of asphalt repairs…even though it is time-consuming and requires diligence. Here are some of the guidelines that help me and my clients.

Asphalt Maintenance – The Good

Asphalt Maintenance requires regular pothole repair.  Where there is asphalt and cold weather, potholes follow.  Although I don’t particularly like the mess and expense, after maintaining asphalt for many years (three generations) I’ve found that there are good potholes.  Yes, some potholes are good.

The picture to the right shows a good pothole.

This pothole is small, evenly shaped and not too deep. asphalt repair - good pothole - sweeping.com

These types of potholes are easy to fix and maintain their repair for a reasonable amount of time.

In a pinch, I can use cold patch materials to fix, but I often have the opportunity to use hot patch materials which makes the pothole more level with the surrounding asphalt.

The repair also looks better and lasts longer which is safer and more economical in the long run.

One other thing, I can get the repair done quickly, which is appreciated by property owners and tenants alike.

Asphalt Maintenance – The Bad

A bad pothole presents a variety of problems.  The location of the pothole could be bad (in the middle of a busy highway with cars whizzing by at 80 mph).

The pothole could be big…this means more time, money and effort.  The pothole could be masking a more serious substrate issue.  It could be a combination of all of these, which is really bad but not quite ugly yet.

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Big bad pothole, with other serious asphalt maintenance issues attached.  As with many potholes, however, and other types of asphalt maintenance problems, it’s fixable.

Always keep safety in mind first, then try and minimize the inconvenience to property owners and users when fixing a pothole of this size.

If you have a pothole of this nature, read our article, “Pothole Repair: Challenging Situations that Only The Best Pothole Repair Companies Can Do Right”

Asphalt Maintenance – The Ugly

Quite often we are called in to quote on an asphalt repair project that has been represented as “a few potholes”.  When we get to the property, we see issues like the picture below:

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This is an ugly asphalt situation that is caused by serious neglect. It appears several attempts were made to repair the asphalt.  The repairs were too little, too late and poorly done.

This asphalt disaster is not a pothole repair issue.  This is (and has been) a repaving project that has been postponed for whatever reason (usually cost considerations).  Now it’s a very costly, complicated and somewhat dangerous asphalt repair project.

Pothole Repair – Keep it simple

Don’t let your asphalt maintenance issues turn bad or even ugly.  When a pothole appears, get a good, experienced asphalt maintenance professional to take care of it.  It’s safer, more convenient and less costly than postponing it.

Only maintain good potholes, not bad potholes.  Call us at 732-886-1940 to keep your potholes good.  We deal with the bad and ugly too if you need us, we’re the experts in asphalt maintenance.

Pothole Repair – Before the Winter

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Every year the cold winter weather in the Northeastern U.S. brings with it a sudden increase in pothole repair for asphalt parking lots.

Water that seeps into the road during the fall rains freezes and expands, cracking the asphalt and causing increasing and widening potholes as temperatures gets colder. This is why it’s extremely important to conduct pothole repair before the cold weather hits, particularly if your business relies on parking lots, driveways or key access roads.

Fall is the best season for repairing potholes in asphalt, as during the fall months, temperatures are more temperate and there is no snow to deal with.

Pothole Repair – Why Waiting Can Be Costly

If asphalt patching is postponed until the winter, existing potholes will get worse before repairs are done, and new potholes may also appear. In the Northeast, freezing temperatures are fairly constant from December through March. Since snow sometimes starts in early December, the sooner the pothole repairs are done, the more likely the cost will be lower and the lot will be safer.

Getting pothole repair sooner rather than later also helps your commercial or industrial business to avoid a additional costs. Repair costs for your parking lots or access roads will be higher if repairs need to be done in colder weather.

Cold weather causes further damage on the asphalt, and potholes can also create a safety hazard for both drivers and pedestrians. If someone trips and falls or damages their car, litigation is possible if anyone is hurt, which is both costly and time consuming.

Pothole Repair – Do It Before Cold Weather

Pothole repair goes much more smoothly before the weather gets too cold. Repairing asphalt becomes difficult or at times even impossible when the winter weather hits, particularly when snow and ice become common, so hiring a company for asphalt patching services in the fall is preferable.

The autumn is also a good time to contact a repair company because they usually aren’t too busy; this is because, although fall is definitely the best season for pothole repairs, many business owners still wait until the winter.

If the parking lot requires seal coating, it will be necessary to fill potholes and seal any cracks in the asphalt before the coating is applied, as cracks and holes in asphalt can cause issues and make the coating uneven.

These same crevices also make asphalt roads and parking lots very difficult to clean during the winter, as they tend to become filled with snow and ice. It can be hard to clean snow and ice out of rough and uneven surfaces on asphalt parking lots.

Pothole Repair – Safety and Cost Issues

Also, for the safety of tenants and customers, it’s crucial to get  asphalt driveways and parking lots inspected and repaired before winter arrives.

Not only will having the asphalt professionally patched and repaired keep everyone safe and help your business avoid possible lawsuits, but it will also save you money.

If you wait until the winter to hire a company for repairs, it may be difficult or impossible to fix potholes, and the increased damage to your asphalt will make any repairs that get done more expensive.

Have pothole problems?  Give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ve had a lot of experience solving pothole problems and can help you with you tackle your pothole repair.

 

Commercial Property Maintenance – What is the Purpose?

Property Maintenance – Not A Once In A While Event

property maintenance reasons - sweeping.comEffective property maintenance requires various processes ranging from simple day-to-day cleaning and repairs to replacing sections of the buildings, entries and parking lots.

In order to restore your business premises to its most appealing presence, start with a full inspection of the property and analysis of any visual wear and tear or damage. Particular attention is needed in high traffic areas (either foot or vehicle) to identify and eliminate hazardous conditions.

Property maintenance – Why is it important?

Deficiencies in property maintenance can generate legal cost far greater than the cost of consistent maintenance. Cracks in concrete cause people to trip and fall. Potholes in parking lot pavement can be a nuisance to drivers and cyclists.

Aside from safety, there are a number of other reasons why it is important that maintenance issues are fixed properly and in a timely manner.

Property maintenance improves its curb appeal

Most commercial property owners understand that when it comes to businesses and potential customers, you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

Therefore, continuous property maintenance in your place of business keeps the grounds and buildings looking clean, fresh, and in good repair. This is an excellent way to create a lasting positive first impression on customers and tenants.

Considering that the parking area, the pavement, and the entries are the first places customers see when entering your business, keeping them in a tip-top condition is a great way to convey a message of responsibility, attention to detail, and concern for safety.

Property maintenance is an excellent way to preserve the value of your property

A commercial property is a very large investment you made to provide value to tenants, clients, and to you as the property owner. The best decision you can make today is to keep such a high-cost and long-term asset in good repair and looking good to project its actual value to everyone who uses it.

Responsible property owners and managers schedule a regular thorough inspection of interiors and exteriors. This is in addition to the traditional maintenance services such as portering (trash removal), filling cracks in pavement and walkways, sweeping, cleaning, pothole repair, and line stripping.

Property Maintenance saves you money

If you have heard and understood the phrase “don’t be penny wise and pound foolish”, you already know that it is wiser to spend a small amount of money over time to preserve and protect a property rather than a large expenditure when some element of the property fails prematurely.

When you notice a lifted shingle, cracked seam or damaged siding, it is a sign to get it fixed before it turns into a water intrusion issue, which if not fixed, will grow into stained, moldy, unsightly issue that will cost far more than the initial fix.

When it comes to pavements or walkways, if you notice a small crack, it is a sign that you need to get it fixed before it turns into a pothole or trip hazard, which if not fixed, will metamorphose into a crate that will cost you a fortune to repair (or a legal issue which will cost both money and time). Potholes and cracks are easy and cheap to fix and it is a good a business decision to have a small budget for such an eventuality rather than wait to replace several yards of pavement or concrete in the long run.

Property Maintenance – The Right Measures

The term “property maintenance” can mean different things to different business and property owners. What is important is to understand what measures you must put in place to ensure that large repairs are minimized or prevented before they happen.

Here’s a link to some of our other related property maintenance articles.

Do you have questions about property maintenance?  Would you like to save time (and money) by having a professional look at your property?  Give us a call at 732-886-1940,  We’ll be glad to talk and show you why it a good business decision to invest in property maintenance

Pavement Maintenance – What is the Purpose?

Pavement Maintenance – Not A High Priority?

pavement maintenance - sweeping.comPavement maintenance is often among the least prioritized element of property management. Most property owners and managers often don’t give it much thought.

They think maintaining pavement is a minor inconvenience (as opposed to the actual buildings people use) which can easily be overlooked. Others want to wait until something happens to the pavement before they act.

This is a mistake because pavement does need regular maintenance. And not just a major overhaul like repairing or replacing large sections of the pavement. Part of the necessary maintenance includes sweeping, seal coating and simple repairs.

The ultimate question is: what is the purpose of pavement maintenance? Broadly speaking, its purpose is similar to other kinds of maintenance i.e. keeping the property in peak condition. Specifically, though, pavement maintenance is important for the reasons below.

Pavement Maintenance for Appearance

It is often said that “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression”.  This is certainly true for properties. When potential clients or tenants visit a property for the first time, the pavement is the first thing they see. A pavement which looks dirty, unkempt and in disrepair can create a negative impression which can be difficult to overcome.

On the other hand, a pavement which is clean, well-maintained and attractive creates a positive impression which can pay dividends later.

In order to ensure that visitors to a property get a positive first impression, ensure that the pavement (parking lots, walkways and entries) are well-maintained.

Pavement Maintenance for Value Preservation

The pavement (specifically a parking lot) is often a very large investment which provides actual value to tenants, clients and ultimately property owners. For instance, a well-striped and demarcated parking lot of a commercial property makes navigation very simple for first-time visitors – something which businesses operating with the premises greatly appreciate.

Keeping such a high-cost asset looking great and in a state of good repair is a smart business decision. Waiting for it to deteriorate to the point of costly overhauls is simply bad business. Maintenance in this context includes regular portering (trash removal), sweeping, crack filling, pothole repair, and line striping.

Pavement Maintenance for Cost Savings

People are often warned “don’t be penny wise and pound foolish”. This advice certainly applies to property owners and managers when it comes to maintaining pavement. As mentioned earlier, many want to postpone minor repairs and only perform major ones. This actually turns out to be costly.

Pavement maintenance saves on costs. It does this by preventing deterioration which is much costlier to fix. For instance, filling a crack prevents the crack from expanding into a pothole or substrate failure which ultimately costs much more to repair.

Pavement Maintenance as an Investment

In summary, pavement maintenance is something which every property owner and property manager need to invest in. This is because it can improve the appearance of the property, preserve the value of the pavement and save on the costs of property maintenance.

Do you want to enjoy these pavement maintenance benefits? Then find the right company to provide these services.

A profession pavement maintenance company should be able to satisfy your needs, tailor their services to your specific property, and do all this without requiring you to break the bank.

We are that company and you can call us at 732-886-1940.  We specialize in property maintenance and can provide high caliber, cost effective pavement maintenance.

Pavement Repair – What is the Purpose?

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Pavement Repair – It Takes a Pounding!

pavement repair-sweeping.comAs asphalt pavement ages and as the pavement is pounded by constant traffic, it is only normal that the constant stress leads to faster deterioration of the surface. Only regular maintenance and pavement repair can prolong its life and restore its glory.

The paved surface on your business premises should be inspected regularly and restoration processes carried out if you want to extend the life and avoid large pavement repair expense on such surfaces.

Ignoring even small cracks could mean repairing deep potholes or replacing an entire surface in the very near future. There are three main reasons why you should take pavement repair serious.

Pavement Repair – Minimizes chances of liability

Broken pavement is a huge risk to everyone that uses it. Even small cracks on the asphalt surface could cause your customers or staff to trip and fall, leading to injuries that cause a lot of harm to you and your business. It is vital that you schedule a regular inspection of all paved surfaces on your business premises and fix any damages such as wears and potholes.

Overall, the cost of pavement repair is much smaller than the price you may need to pay and the pain you may go through should such damaged pavement cause an accident that leads to litigation.

Pavement Repair – Aesthetics go a long way in business

There is a saying that first impressions are invaluable and hard to change. When a potential customer enters business premises, he/she makes a judgment based on many things, top among them is the appearance of the property. Aesthetics have a significant effect on perception.

Therefore, invest your time and effort to scrutinize the pavements and parking lots to find anything that could create a negative impression of your property (particularly cracks, potholes or crumbling pavement).

Pavement Repair – Preserve the value of your property

While you may be convinced that the value of your property increases over time, there is a price to pay to keep its perceived value even higher. Preserving the value of the property involves setting aside money for capital improvement and possible pavement repair expenses.  This ensures that maintenance and fixes are performed timely before surface problems become unnecessarily costly.

Entrepreneurs who are good at what they do understand that property issues could seriously affect the perceived value of a business property and then reflect poorly on the businesses within that property.

Potholes, cracks, erosion and other damages on a paved surface may be a common occurrence on pavement, but they should never be ignored. They should be a very big deal to you, especially when they appear on the pavement of your business premises. These three reasons should inspire you to put measures in place to ensure that they are fixed as soon as they appear.

Do you need a professional property maintenance company?  We’re experts in all types of property maintenance.  Give us a call at 732-886-1940, we’ll be glad to service your property needs including pavement repair.

Pavement Maintenance: How to Ready Your Pavement for the Spring

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Pavement Maintenance – More Than Just Hosing and Sweeping

pavement maintenance - sweeping.comToo many property managers and business people believe that pavement maintenance is all about cleaning.

However, proper paved surface maintenance goes beyond an occasional hosing and regular sweeping.

To ensure that a high traffic pavement is durable and can provide many years of smooth service, it is a good idea to schedule a complete inspection and restoration of even the tiniest defects, especially before the spring season.

As the weather begins to warm and the snow melts, natural expansion of the elements will have an impact on a pavement, especially just below the surface.

The simple truth is that every business hopes to extend the life of their asphalt driveway, parking lot, or pavement, and while these surfaces need maintenance throughout their lives, here are a few crucial maintenance steps that can be carried out for the transition from winter to spring.

Pavement Maintenance – Step 1

Conduct a thorough inspection of the paved surface.

The problems that occur and can cause very expensive damage on a paved surface are often hidden just below the surface.

There may be tiny cracks that are easy to overlook and obvious signs such as sunken areas that retain tiny pools of water.

Before the spring season sets in, it is important to get an expert to examine the pavement for signs of damage to prevent these issues from getting worse and costing you even more money to repair later.

Pavement Maintenance – Step 2

Hire a professional street cleaning company to do a full cleanup of the surface.

The inspection process often goes hand-in-hand with a thorough cleanup of the pavement or parking lot.

A professional cleaning crew with the right tools will be able to get rid of all the dirt and debris that ordinary sweeping does not even touch.

Therefore, to preserve the smoothness and durability of the surface, get the pavement fully cleaned right before the spring season.  This prevents the unwanted elements from getting stuck in tiny cracks and under the asphalt.

Pavement Maintenance – Step 3

Fill all the cracks and repair the damaged areas before they get worse.

If the company that inspects and cleans the pavement finds any areas that need to be repaired or cracks to be sealed, make sure that they get fixed as soon as possible.

A paved surface is much easier to repair and restore right before the spring season.  If you wait longer, the cracks will grow and blemishes on the surface will turn into eyesores that could cost you much more to repair in the future.

Pavement Maintenance – Step 4

If the paved surface looks gray or worn, conduct a seal coating project.

Seal Coating will make the parking lot look brand new. In fact, we recommended that asphalt is seal coated every three years. This will more than double the life of the pavement.

Seal Coating regularly optimizes safety and allows the pavement to remain structurally sound.

Pavement Maintenance – Step 5

Refresh or replace parking lot line striping.

Fixing your paved surface just before spring will not only give you a peace of mind for the rest of the year, your clients will have confidence in how much care you afford your property and by extension, to them.

To make the newly cleaned and retouched parking lot or driveway look like new, replace any damaged stripping and markings and refresh all essential markings. The winter season is particularly hard on striping, so be sure to include them in your paved surface inspection, cleanup, and repair plans.

Looking for pavement maintenance experts? Call C & L General Services at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to answer your questions and recommend an optimal strategy for your pavement maintenance.

Pothole Repair: Challenging Situations that Only The Best Pothole Repair Companies Can Do Right

Pothole Repair – A Normal Part of Property Maintenance

pothole repair - sweeping.comEvery year, during the seasonal transition from winter to spring, the beauty of nature coupled with the warm inviting weather makes our world a perfect place.  That is until you see them — potholes on your driveways, pavements, and parking lots.

Potholes everywhere, worsened by the extreme temperatures of winter. If you notice potholes, no matter how severe they are, there are ways to get them fixed the right way, at a price that fits your budget and will leave durable results.

This can be done by selecting a professional company dedicated to the maintenance and repair of parking lots, pavements, driveways, and other paved surfaces.

Pothole Repair – Necessary Obligations

There are a few things you need to do to get the right company for the task. Keeping pavement in good condition is critical for appearance and avoidance of legal problems.

Pothole repair, much like patching a hole in your best (perhaps only) suit, has to be done the right way. A shoddy job would just be a temporary fix that will cost you even more with time, possibly causing harm to the cars and people using the surface, or worse, leave an eyesore that greatly lowers the value of property.

Generally speaking, pothole repair can be carried out quickly and easily by most paving professionals. However, some situations create additional challenges, which is why you should be selective about the contractor you choose for the job.

The most challenging pothole repair situations include:

1. Cold Weather – The colder the weather, the harder it is to conduct a pothole repair. Not only because of the cold temperature, but experienced experts know the ideal materials become scarce because of demand.  Companies committed to excellence know the materials that should be used in cold weather for the best results, and where to find them.

Cold patch asphalt, which is best used for pothole repair in cold weather, may not be as durable as hot asphalt repairs but they are economical and fill the hole quickly. This is a perfect fix to prevent the expansion of the hole until the weather is warm enough for hot asphalt.

It is much harder to find the best quality cold patch during the cold season. When you have a glaring pothole on your pavement, parking lot, or driveway that demands repair, contact C&L Services right away to get the pothole inspected and to get advice on the best possible approach to get it fixed.

2. High Traffic – Pothole repair on high traffic surfaces is a big problem. No one (especially property managers) wants to restrict users, shoppers, or employees from accessing a business property — not even for repairs.

The solution to this problem is simple: find a reputable maintenance contractor who can respond quickly and provide service during the low traffic periods such as evenings, nights, or very early mornings. This ensures that the pothole is repaired without a rush, and your business is not severely inconvenienced.

3. Soft Subgrade – Soft subgrade poses a huge challenge to inexperienced contractors because of the scope of repair on such a surface.

This situation requires more than a large pothole repair.  The right solution in this situation involves immediate removal of the pavement and stabilizing the subgrade with appropriate granular materials such as gravel and sands before repaving.

Extreme low temperatures, which we cannot wish away, is hard on paved surfaces, but you do not have to let it hurt your business or wallet. Cost effective and prompt mitigation of the pothole problem demands proper planning, regular inspection, and most importantly, getting a professional maintenance company to consistently provide lasting solutions every time nature or wear creates a hole on your pavement.

Have pothole problems?  Give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ve had a lot of experience solving pothole problems and can help you with you cold weather pothole repair.