What to Know About Puddles and Pavement

large puddle on driveway

Spring is just around the corner, which means budding flowers, warmer weather, and, of course, the notorious puddle. While puddles may be great news for kids with rain boots, it's not such a blessing for your asphalt driveway. Here's everything you need to know!

Problems and Solutions

Spring rain can mean trouble for your pavement. Standing water quickly leads to bigger problems, which, in turn, can ruin the asphalt--and break the bank while they're at it. Here's what to keep an eye on (and what to do about it).

Problems

Here's what causes puddles:

  • Low spots. Although it's comparatively flexible and reliable, asphalt can "settle," which creates low spots. This is what allows puddles to form.

  • Drainage. Healthy pavement allows water to drain naturally. Clogs, flawed design, or shifted asphalt can interrupt this drainage and cause--you guessed it--standing water.

These problems can lead to even bigger ones, including:

  • Safety. Puddles can freeze, and let's face it: a slippery driveway is nobody's idea of a good time.

  • Pavement longevity. Over time, standing water will wear on your asphalt, weakening it and creating potentially expensive issues.

Solutions

Luckily, there's good news on the horizon!

  • Pavement maintenance. A little maintenance goes a long way. Clean up debris, look for potholes and sinking areas, and pay attention to standing water.

  • Residential asphalt repair. If your driveway is in need of some TLC, it's best to look for asphalt repair services instead of trying to do anything yourself.

Want to learn more about puddles and other pavement pains? Looking for residential asphalt paving? Contact us today!

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