Winter is just around the corner! While preparing your business for the winter months by replacing weather stripping and covering pipes, have you thought about prepping your parking lot? Today, we are going to cover the five essential steps on how to prep your parking lot for winter.
5 Steps to Prep Your Parking Lot for Winter
Seal Cracks & Fill Potholes
Water is one of the most destructive natural elements to anything manufactured, including asphalt. If there are any cracks or potholes in your parking lot, water will worm its way in and magnify the problem. What may seem like a little crack now won’t be by the end of the season. Before the excess water of winter wrecks your asphalt, make sure to fill any potholes and seal cracks to prevent extensive damage.
Check & Clean the Drainage System
Again, excess water can quickly debilitate any system. Before you get rain and snow, be sure to check and clean the drainage system. You want to ensure that the water has a clear, clean path to drain away from your parking lot. If you notice standing water where it shouldn’t be, you likely have a drainage problem.
Stock Up on Environmentally Friendly Snow Melt Chemicals
You are responsible for the health and safety of anyone who parks in your parking lot. During the icy winter months, you will likely need to put down salt or chemicals to ensure that people and cars don’t slip. We highly recommend stocking up early on environmentally friendly chemicals to ensure that you have enough to get through the winter. The last thing you want is to get stuck without anything or only have access to harsh chemicals.
Schedule Professional Snow Removal
Does your area get snow? If you answered yes, we highly recommend arranging for a professional snow removal company to be on call. While many business owners take the job of snow removal on themselves, they often end up causing damage to their parking lot due to simple errors or improper equipment. Just a quick mistake can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. Instead, hire a pro to take care of it so you can focus your energy on what you do best.
Keep Up Cleaning
Just because there is continuous rain or snow doesn’t mean that you can forgo regular cleaning and maintenance. No matter the season, you should employ professionals to regularly clean, inspect, and maintain your parking lot to ensure your business’s safety, appearance, and functionality.
Do you need help winterizing your parking lot? Signature Paving is here to help! Our team of experienced pavers offers annual maintenance plans that can employ sealing, striping, crack-seal, and resurfacing. Don’t wait until you have a costly problem! Give us a call today for more information on our annual maintenance plans or one-time services.