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Pothole Prevention 101: How to Prevent Potholes from Forming on Your Property

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For drivers across Canada, potholes are enemy #1!

These pesky holes are a common hazard on asphalt roads, driveways, and parking lots. While they might seem to be everywhere, they are ways to prevent potholes from forming.

Maybe potholes don’t seem like a big deal, but we’ve rounded up some stats that show the impact of potholes.

Pothole Statistics

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Not only is it annoying to drive on a road or parking lot peppered with potholes, but they also pose a safety risk to drivers and can cause expensive damage to vehicles.

  • A study from the Canadian Automobile Association revealed that Canadians spend an estimated $1.4 billion every year to repair damage from run-ins with potholes. (CTV News).
  • 25% of those surveyed in a Canadian Automobile Association poll say they have hit a pothole hard enough in the past 5 years that their vehicle needed repairs afterwards. (Automotive News Canada)
  • According to Manitoba Public Insurance data, the average cost of a pothole claim is $2,100. (Automotive News Canada)
  • Around 3% of car accidents in Canada are caused by potholes or hitting debris on the road. (Waterdown Collision)
  • A study by Statistics Canada and Infrastructure Canada showed that Nova Scotia has the highest number of public roads in poor condition. 49% of roads were rated in poor or very poor condition. (CTV News)

Why Do Potholes Form?

Canada’s harsh climate can be tough on asphalt pavement. When cracks and potholes start forming, the culprit can be one or all of the following:

  1. Pooling water
  2. Freezing and freeze-thaw cycles
  3. Excessive heat
  4. Heavy traffic
  5. Wear and tear

Thankfully, there are ways you can help prevent damage and make your asphalt more resilient.

Benefits of Proper Asphalt Pavement Maintenance

Asphalt Pavement Maintenance

If you’re not convinced that caring for your asphalt surface is worthwhile, you might want to consider the following benefits of good asphalt maintenance.

Protects Your Investment

Keeping the asphalt surface on your parking lot, driveway, or road, in good condition can help extend the longevity of your asphalt surface. Instead of a cracked, broken surface, you can maintain that crisp, black-top look for longer and protect the asphalt on your property.

Improves Customer Experience

There’s nothing more frustrating than driving on a road or a parking lot full of potholes. Not only does keeping your asphalt surface in good repair improve the safety and driving experience, but it also is more welcoming and attractive for your customers.

Saves You Money

Repaving is expensive. Instead of regularly replacing the asphalt on your property, keep it well-maintained and protected and it’ll pay off in the long run. As an added benefit, you’ll also prevent damage to your fleet of vehicles or your customers’ cars.

At this point, you’re probably ready to put a regular maintenance program in place for the asphalt on your property, so let’s go through some of the best ways to keep it in good condition.

Asphalt Maintenance Tips

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Wondering how to prevent potholes? Here are the best ways to make your asphalt surface more resistant to damage.

1. Keep It Clean!

Never underestimate the power of a clean lot. Monthly cleaning of your road or parking lot will help remove debris that could stain or damage your asphalt pavement. Fuel or oil stains can be particularly harmful to your lot.

As an added bonus, you’ll boost the aesthetics of your property and make it more attractive to your customers.

2. Seal It Up!

Sealcoating is one of the best pothole prevention methods. It adds a protective layer to your asphalt and can help extend the lifespan of your asphalt by sealing any cracks in the asphalt pavement and preventing water seepage that can later cause potholes and cracks.

At EverLine, our experienced sealcoating crews spray a high-quality asphalt-based waterproofing material over the surface. This process not only helps with asphalt maintenance, but it also makes the asphalt look brand new with a crisp black-top look.

Sealcoating is a great investment, as it can help prevent expensive damage repair or repavement down the line. Depending on how much traffic is on your property, the climate, and the quality of the original asphalt pavement job, sealcoating should be done every 3-5 years for the best results.

Through regular maintenance of your road or lot, you can keep an eye on the condition of your pavement – does it need a bit of TLC?

3. Repair Damage ASAP

As soon as your asphalt is damaged, you run the risk of potholes spreading on your property. When water can start seeping into the asphalt through cracks and holes it can wreak havoc on the pavement.

That’s why repairing any damage as soon as it occurs is critical for keeping potholes in check and protecting your pavement investment.

A whopping 75% of untreated pavement cracks become potholes! More than just a simple asphalt patch, asphalt crack filling is an effective way of repairing damage to the surface by filling in cracks in the asphalt to prevent further water deterioration. For the best results, you should do asphalt crack filling every year as part of good pavement maintenance.

EverLine’s professional asphalt crack filling services use the best equipment and products that protect the asphalt subgrade base and keep it stable. There’s no better way to ensure high integrity of your asphalt parking lot, driveway, or street.

EverLine Coatings and Services Can Help Protect Your Asphalt

Our experienced crews are the experts when it comes to maintaining asphalt surfaces. We offer one-stop property and parking lot maintenance services and have the equipment, high-quality products, and know-how to keep your property in great shape in the years to come.

Perhaps you are looking for asphalt driveway maintenance, or maybe you need help protecting the asphalt on your parking lot or street? No matter the job or surface you need sealcoated or filled, our crews are ready to help quickly and effectively. We can get the job done at night or outside your regular business hours, so there is no interruption for your customers or users of the street.

If you would like to receive a quote on property or parking lot sealcoating, crack filling, or parking lot maintenance, please contact your local EverLine office today. We would be happy to assess the services you require and provide you with a quote. Your property will look great again in no time!

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