As winters arrive, the harsh temperature is not the only factor that can damage your asphalt surfaces. You also need to watch out for water damage, which can cause cracks, potholes, and other signs of deterioration.
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Today, we will list down some winter survival essentials to keep your asphalt surfaces protected until spring.
1. Remove Large Debris
Keeping asphalt surfaces in pristine condition during the winter requires an early start. Consider getting your pavement cleaned professionally to remove large pieces of debris. Large debris can freeze and damage the surface, and it can also cause problems in case you need to use a snowplow.
Moreover, leaves and debris from trees do break down the asphalt, especially when it rains. That is why you need to keep your pavement clear of any rubble and wastage.
An added benefit of cleaning your pavement before winter is that you can identify issues like small cracks or potholes that can be repaired immediately. This brings us to the next point.
2. Fill Cracks
Sealcoating is a great way to protect asphalt surfaces from weather damage. However, proper curing sealcoating can only be performed at a nighttime temperature of at least 50 degrees. So if the temperature has become cooler, you can consider crack filling to fix your asphalt cracks before snowfall.
Applying cold mix asphalt pre-snowfall is a great choice for minor repairs during winter. This is because cold mix asphalt doesn’t require heating, and it also flexes with cracks, allowing the damaged asphalt to stay patched.
3. Check For Drainage
As already mentioned, pooling water during winter is hazardous for your asphalt surface. If you notice pooling water on the surface now, prepare to see some potholes in the spring! Get your drainage checked before winter to ensure that any water damage can be fixed early.
This is also necessary because Portland gets a lot of rainfall during the winter months. Puddling water will not only erode and damage the surface, but the moisture also leads to moss growth come springtime.
4. Remove Snow Regularly
Moving on, if it snows significantly, you need to shovel regularly to keep your asphalt surface free of pooling water and ice. However, be cautious when using a plow as they can cause cracks, potholes, and other surface damage. It is best to partner with a professional snow management service that has experience with commercial equipment.
5. Use Deicers Sparingly
Finally, you should be mindful when using deicing agents to remove snow from your asphalt surfaces. Many property owners use salt, but salt deicers have environmental effects, such as increasing the rivers’ salinity. Once again, we recommend that you consult a professional snow removal company as they know the best deicers to use.
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