Potholes are a common occurrence on roads, parking lots, and driveways, especially in New England. Anywhere there’s asphalt could develop potholes. Not only are potholes unsightly, but they can also be dangerous to both pedestrians and vehicles. Potholes in your driveway can cause damage to your car or the car of anyone who visits your home. They also pose a major safety risk for anyone walking up or down your driveway. As a homeowner, you could be responsible if someone suffers an injury in your driveway. Preventing potholes is much easier than dealing with the consequences of a large pothole left unchecked!
What Causes Potholes?
Potholes in asphalt occur when snow or ice melts and the water starts to move the soil under the pavement. They can also happen when water goes into a crack in the pavement and then freezes. Since water expands when it turns to ice, the crack will gradually get bigger until it turns into a pothole.
Inspecting Your Driveway
One of the best ways to prevent potholes in your driveway is by getting an annual inspection done by an experienced contractor. They will evaluate your pavement and mark the places that are in need of repair. That may include cracks, uneven areas, and places where the asphalt is starting to crumble.
Improve Drainage Systems
Water, ice, and snow are all the primary causes of potholes. Improving the drainage system around your driveway will help minimize standing water that could freeze and lead to potholes. Drainage systems can be improved in a variety of ways depending on what’s wrong with your current system. Some drainage improvements are quick and easy, while others will require the existing pavement to be dug up to install new drains below. A contractor can offer advice and provide estimates for drainage system work during your driveway inspection. There’s sure to be a repair option that fits into your budget and meets the needs of your driveway to prevent future potholes.
Repair Cracks Early
In addition to your yearly inspection, it’s important to keep a close eye on your driveway. If you see the start of a crack, schedule a service to have it repaired as soon as possible. A small crack can turn into a pothole before you know it. Prevention is so much easier than repairing a large pothole.
Contact Lamacchia Landscape Construction
If you’re in need of a driveway inspection or pothole repair, we can help! Contact Lamacchia Landscape Construction today to schedule a consultation with the leading asphalt contractor in your area. Our team has the tools and knowledge to get your driveway looking great once again! We provide affordable, efficient, and reliable asphalt services. Schedule your appointment today to ensure your drainage systems and existing asphalt are in good condition before winter returns!