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Repairing Potholes

Repairing Concrete Cracks

Your store’s cleanliness should not be limited to how it looks on the inside. The outer, surrounding area is the first thing many people see. And sometimes potholes or cracks in your driveway, parking lot, stairs, sidewalk or walkways can put a damper on your reputation, business or even property value.

A small crack or pothole may not always seem like it needs to be addressed. However, when cracks or potholes remain overlooked, the once small problems can develop into more costly and time-consuming projects. Let’s take a look at cracks and potholes and why you should look into getting them repaired.


Cracks

Concrete is a durable material and provides a level surface finish. However, it will expand and shrink depending on the temperature and the amount of moisture present. And although control joints, or pre-planned cracks, can help with some control, cracking is inevitable over time.

Preventing Cracks

It is almost impossible to prevent any cracks from forming in your concrete. However, there are some things you can do to help delay them.

Good pour: Make sure the concrete is allowed enough time to harden completely. You want to stay off it between three to seven days so that it has enough time to cure.

Sealer: A sealer can be resin-based or acrylic products. These will help limit damage from weather.

Repair or Replace?

Cracking can be either a structural crack or a crack due to shrinkage. The former is deeper and wider, while the latter is narrow and closer to the surface.

Surface Crack: If you have a surface crack, it can be repaired by applying some cement and water with a putty knife. You will need to moisten the crack ahead of time. Then apply the cement paste, smooth it out and cover it. It should be left to dry and occasionally moistened.

Structural Crack: Structural cracks may need to be replaced because they are often deeper, wider and offset. It may be cracked because the original pour was not deep enough. It may also be due to the ground being too soft underneath. So, repairs will not ultimately fix the problem.

One type of replacement you can do is spot removal and replacement. The other option is to get a completely new pour done. You should consult a professional to see what is best for your situation.


Potholes

Potholes What Is It and Where Do They Come From?

A pothole is a road surface that has been worn down, eventually becoming a hole in the ground. They will start as small cracks in asphalt and turn into a pothole if not dealt with right away.

One day you may have nice, even asphalt, and before you know it you may have cracks or a pothole. Where exactly did that pothole come from? Over time, asphalt can wear down and crack. And those cracks can cause potholes.

Rainwater can find its way into the cracks. The water can make its way down and form a puddle between the roadbed and asphalt layer. As weather temperatures go down, the water can freeze and expand.

The expanded ice will lead to the ice pushing the asphalt upwards. Later, as the weather warms, the ice will melt. This leaves behind a cavity where the ice once was. This void under the asphalt can collapse due to pressure from traffic. And once it has collapsed, the beginning of a pothole has formed. If not dealt with, the freezing and thawing of water can continue and make the pothole grow in number and size.

How Can Potholes Be Fixed?

There are different ways to fix up a pothole. Each of them deals with the hole in a slightly different way, and each can give you different results. Three of the most common ways that pothole can be repaired are the throw and roll, spray patching, and semi-permanent patching.

  1. Throw and Roll: This is the most basic repair you can do with a pothole. To start, clean out the pothole. Then put the binder and aggregate mixture into the hole. Finish it off by driving over it with a large truck, bulldozer or other heavy vehicles. It is a fairly simple process, but it is only a temporary solution.
  2. Semi-permanent Patching: Although the name suggests the repair is not really permanent, it is actually one of the better ways to fix a pothole. First, you need to get rid of pothole water and debris. Then, cut along the sides of the hole so that the new pothole sides are sound pavement. Put the patch mixture into the hole and compact it with a special roller or plate.
  3. Spray Patching: This process does not require compacting, and is often more affordable than some other patching processes. First, the pothole is cleaned out. Then, a tack coat of emulsion is added before forcing aggregate and hot asphalt into the hole. To finish, some dry aggregate is applied to the surface.

Benefits Your Business Will Experience from Repairs

Your building’s exterior should be maintained for a number of reasons. Getting things fixed early on can help you avoid bigger problems down the line. And keeping the outer area maintained can increase the value of your property and keep people safe from tripping hazards and other accidents. In addition, it could mean attracting new customers, getting customers to return, or giving your business a good reputation.

Get potholes and sidewalks repaired to create a better experience for your customers. Contact Nationwide Maintenance today to get more information on how trained professionals can help you.

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