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Corrective Actions to Standing Water

The term “standing water” may not strike fear in your heart, however, it is something that should be immediately addressed in order to avoid the many safety hazards associated with it. Standing water is not only a safety hazard for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. It is also one of the most damaging elements to asphalt and is the number one cause of premature deterioration. Neither of which is good.

Standing Water

Although asphalt is known for its waterproofing abilities, water along with harmful UV rays can damage the chemical bonds. As the bonds become damaged and break apart, water from a variety of sources penetrates the pavement’s foundation and small fractures compromise the surface’s integrity. The result of this is costly repairs. Standing water may be caused by one of the following issues.
Uneven or Improper Compaction: When installing asphalt surfaces, contractors must pay special attention to compaction, which gives the material its ability to flex under loads without sagging. Depressions can form, If not properly compacted, thus allowing water to pool and causing premature surface deterioration.
Ruts in the Pavement: Both roadways and parking lots were engineered to support vehicles with weights of a specific range driving on them day in and out. However, poor weather conditions and heavier vehicles can cause ruts, allowing water to pool and lead to further deterioration of the pavement.
Improper Drainage: Paved surfaces are typically designed to have a minimum of a 1 percent slope, which allows water to travel via flow lines towards areas of lower elevations, such as catch basins or drains. Improper drainage is often the result of clogged catch basins or drains, allowing water to back up, and collect in puddles.
Corrective Actions to Standing Water
Corrective actions can differ depending on the root cause of the situation. For instance, if a driver was drunk he should be included in a treatment program and his driving privileges should be revoked or limited. Similar treatment should be applied in the case of speeding. If a cause of the accident was a bad road infrastructure it should be repaired – road markings should be restored, road signs should be replaced, a new layer of asphalt may be needed, etc.
The goal of corrective actions is to remove the root cause and prevent a concrete problem from ever happening again. Corrective actions are directed to a concrete event that happened in the past. When the right corrective actions are taken all root causes of the problem should be eliminated.

Corrective actions to standing water depend on what is causing the water to pool on the surface. Patching and/or replacing damaged areas are effective solutions to standing water. The top job asphalt – a full-service paving contractor – offers quality asphalt paving, repair, and seal-coating services for preventing standing water. Apart from the corrective actions, regular inspection and asphalt maintenance can tackle standing water. In addition to that, asphalt and concrete sealing such as crack sealing and surface treatment can also reduce the risk.
Depends on the degree of the situation and the damage, to handle the standing water a do-it-yourself project can be executed. However, when it must cover a large area and the degree of the damage is not too vast, it is better to contact and hire professional to take over the job.