Unsightly stains: These can come from vehicle oil, natural landscape debris, liquids, or solids dumped by customers (ultimately ground in) or simply dust and dirt that has accumulated. For areas that cannot be cleaned yourself, a professional street sweeping service may help. Their vehicles use jetted water and tough brushes to scrub the asphalt surface and help restore its appearance.
Small cracks and crevices: Cracks larger than ¼-inch may appear “not too bad,” but they’re actually openings for potential big problems, and expenses. These cracks need to be repaired and sealed to make sure water is not able to enter and drain below, which can weaken the underlying structure and integrity.
Larger cracks and potholes: These are obvious problems that should take the highest priority for repair. First, they are potential dangers to the people using your parking lot (think lawsuits). Second, they clearly allow water from irrigation systems and rain or snow to easily permeate your asphalt surface to cause damages below. Once the top integrity has been compromised, it must be repaired as soon as possible to stop the spread of damage. If they are not handled quickly, you’ll definitely be on the road to larger, more expensive repairs much sooner than otherwise necessary.
Irrigation or drainage problems: Always be on the lookout for irrigation heads and lines that may be leaking. They may cause water to pool on your asphalt that can eventually lead to damage. Similarly, if you have any areas of pooling water caused by the weather, seek guidance from a professional asphalt contractor to remedy this situation.