Potholes are one of the worst and yet most common problem that occurs on asphalt. When you have an asphalt driveway, road or parking lot, you are responsible for, you may encounter potholes. When your asphalt develops potholes, you can have them patched and repaired. It is important to have potholes repaired as they can pose a danger and damage automobiles. Andersen Asphalt & Striping will share what causes potholes, what their dangers are, and how they can be repaired.
What is a Pothole?
A pothole is basically missing material that can range in different shapes and sizes. A pothole can be due to impact damage, faulty asphalt, or occur from water that has seeped underneath the asphalt and erodes the asphalt from below. Potholes can also develop when water that has seeped into the asphalt freezes, as ice expands. This causes the asphalt bindings to weaken. As potholes form, they need to be repaired.
Dangers of Potholes
When a pothole develops in a driveway, road or parking lot, they can pose a major risk. If you are driving on a compromised tire, whether you know it or not, when you hit a pothole a number of scenarios may occur. Your tire may go flat, or it may suddenly blow out. When a tire blows out, you may lose some control of the vehicle which can develop into a major accident. You can also lose control when you hit a pothole at high speeds or damage your tire or the wheel. A major pothole can also cause damage to the vehicle suspension and alignment systems. Not only is a vehicle at risk of becoming damaged, injury or death can occur when a vehicle is out of control. For those who have a pothole on their property, and if the pothole leads to an accident, you can be held liable. You may find yourself with a potential lawsuit as it is your responsibility to maintain the asphalt and you should have had the pothole repaired.
Construction Methods to Fix Potholes
Potholes can be repaired. Many potholes will develop when cracks first form. Once you have cracks often a pothole will eventually take its place. The key in preventing potholes is to have the cracks repaired and the surface of the asphalt sealcoated. However, sometimes those cracks get neglected and potholes will form. Potholes can also be patched and filled in with an asphalt mix. It is often recommended that you have the rest of the asphalt sealcoated and other flaws repaired at this time. If you do not seal and protect the asphalt, especially once a pothole is repaired, often those repairs will not last. For long lasting repairs and to extend the life of your asphalt, sealcoating goes a long way. A professional asphalt service can ensure quality pothole repairs and tend to cracks and other problems. For ongoing maintenance, a professional asphalt service can sealcoat and protect the surface of your asphalt.