Infrared Pothole Repair - the Answer to the Pothole Problem in Sudbury
Sudbury weather takes a toll on the roadways and paved areas. When moisture caused by rain and snow seeps into pavement cracks, the supporting soil below starts to weaken. In the dead of winter, dropping temperatures cause this water to freeze, and as the ground expands, the pavement rises. In warmer weather, the ground falls.
This constant movement leads to the dreaded potholes plaguing the roadways and parking lots of Sudbury. The good news is that newer technology improves the techniques used to repair potholes. Here’s how infrared technology is making waves in the pothole repair industry.
How Does Infrared Technology Help with Pothole Repairs?
Infrared or infrared radiation is a specific light wavelength you can’t see with the human eye. However, it can be felt as infrared radiation generates heat. This heat is used for infrared road repairs, making damaged asphalt pliable for reuse.
As mentioned above, the freeze-thaw cycle in Sudbury wreaks havoc on paved surfaces. With the constant rising and falling of asphalt caused by fluctuating temperatures, the asphalt eventually crumbles, forming dangerous potholes. The old-school approach to repairs removes the crumbled asphalt and replaces it with a completely new surface. Unfortunately, this method takes more time and costs more money.
The heat of infrared rays heats damaged asphalt from the inside out one layer at a time. This process creates a workable surface that allows workers to reuse the damaged asphalt to repair and smooth out the pothole.
What Does the Infrared Pothole Repair Process Involve?
Although the level of damage impacts the process, in most cases, infrared pothole repair includes the following steps:
- The pothole is inspected to determine the level of damage.
- Debris, such as sand, loose aggregates, and water, are removed.
- The surface is cleaned.
- Infrared is used to heat the surface to 325°, which takes 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the asphalt depth and outside temperatures.
- The softened asphalt is raked to remove any remaining loose aggregates.
- A rejuvenator is applied to reactivate the asphalt oils lost through oxidation.
- Additional material is added to help level the hole.
- The area is raked and graded to level the road.
- The new surface is compacted using a multi-ton vibratory plate/roller.
- The infrared pothole repair process is much quicker than traditional methods, taking about 30 minutes from start to finish.
What are the Benefits of Infrared Pothole Repairs in Sudbury?
There are several benefits to infrared pothole repairs, including:
Cost-effective Pothole Repairs
Infrared technology reuses existing asphalt, reducing the costs of new materials used to complete the repair. The average reduction in new material costs is about 80%, while disposal costs are reduced by 90%. Further savings are seen in equipment transportation and the number of people required in the repair process. Savings can be put to better use to help support local infrastructure.
Municipalities reduce traffic congestion during road repair because potholes are repaired quickly. Traffic jams are avoided for daily commutes, keeping the community happier. The process is also much quieter, causing less disturbance in residential areas. In addition, there is no excavation, jackhammering, or digging, which means the repairs do not disrupt businesses.
Traditional pothole repair requires six or more crew members. Infrared repairs require half the crew yet complete the job in half the time. Efficiency includes quicker setup, fewer steps, less equipment, and quicker turnover times.
Limited Service Disruptions
Without digging, underground systems are not disrupted, such as plumbing, telephone lines, fiber optics for the Internet, etc.
Reusing existing asphalt reduces the waste related to road repairs. Also, less equipment reduces the efforts required to repair a single hole which helps reduce carbon emissions produced throughout the process. Local traffic jams are also reduced, which in turn reduces carbon emissions. As mentioned above, noise pollution is also reduced, which is good for people and wildlife. Less diesel fuel is also consumed during the process.
Infrared asphalt repair is a more efficient and cost-effective method. It creates a leak-proof seal to avoid cracking and deterioration, providing a value-added repair that lasts longer. Better yet, simplified pothole repair improves traffic flow, reduces community disruption, and protects the environment from unnecessary carbon emissions.
EverLine Coatings and Services uses quick, effective, and budget-friendly infrared asphalt repair to protect your Sudbury parking lot. Learn more about our asphalt repair services today!
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