Cracks become potholes

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Caleb Quinlan, Asphalt Consultant, Spring 2017

Property managers or building owners should do a spring walk-around. A spring inspection helps you set work priorities over the course of the too-short summer and allows you to effectively manage your budgets.

Ensure your inspection includes the parking lots and roadways. The freeze-thaw cycles during winter damage asphalt, catch basins and curbs. Snow plows hit catch basins, particularly if the catch basin is too high, and corner curbs. Potholes, damaged catch basins and curbs can be potential trip hazards, especially near entrances and exits, and damage vehicles, particularly near high traffic areas. Property managers and building owners show their due diligence to tenants and visitors when they eliminate trip hazards and demonstrate a clear focus on safety.

Another problem which can clearly be seen in the spring is water pooling where it shouldn’t be. Look to see that water is draining into catch basins and flowing off the parking lots and roads.

How do you deal with winter damage to asphalt, catch basins and curbs?

Addaline quotes are free and provide crystal-clear communication. Our asphalt consultants take photos of the work they would recommend you get done. You can let us know of any damaged areas you want included in the estimate. You receive the quote and select the work, picking the photos you want repaired. Then it is clear to you and our field staff what potholes and damage you want fixed. Customers tell us our photo quotes are one of the strengths of our service.

Call a couple of contractors to get written estimates so you have an idea of cost and what work will be done.

If quotes are very different prices, ask why. Are contractors doing the same amount of work, number of repairs? Are contractors providing similar quality of service? For example, what is the contractor doing to prepare cracks before they put down crack fill? Do they offer a warranty on their work? Some contractors will do a minimum amount of work and you will need to deal with the problem again and again.

This photo illustrates how cracks turn into potholes. Water gets into cracks. Cracks get bigger over time and asphalt breaks away and a pothole forms. Potholes can become trip hazards. Large ones can damage vehicles. Crack filling is an inexpensive maintenance option.

 

Line paint & crack fill – clearly a good idea

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Newsletter/Spring/2017

Cracking asphalt? Fading lines? Clearly, the time has come to do something about it.

The best time of year for line painting and crack fill is May to October. The time of year can have an impact on what types of repairs can be effectively completed on your property.

When it comes to line paint and crack fill services, temperatures need to be at 10 C and rising or else the hot rubber polymer used for crack filling does not adhere well, and line paint will fade faster if applied in colder temperatures. For that reason, you should avoid these applications until later in the spring — mid-to-late May approximately.

When new lines are painted, a new lot layout is required.

To prolong the vibrancy of your line paint have the work done when warm, spring weather – 10 C and climbing – has arrived. Don’t start line painting too early! You clearly want the lines to last as long as possible.

 

 

“Water, water everywhere…”

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Norm Kingsbury, Asphalt Consultant/Spring 2017

Winter is over and the snow has melted, but lo and behold your parking lot is now clearly a swimming pool!

Is your parking lot almost a swimming pool? With spring upon us now is a excellent time to inspect and repair your catch basins.

Catch basins are extremely important when it comes to protecting your asphalt from the elements. They ensure drainage and help prevent asphalt damage from pooling surface water. It is clear water should drain away.

The end of winter and the start of spring is a time when problems in your catch basins become very clear.

If the asphalt around your catch basins look like this, you need to fix it as soon as possible. Clearly, you have a problem!

Standing pools of water, cracks and pot holes developing around the catch basins, sunken asphalt, cracked catch basin assemblies — these are but a few symptoms of a potential problem but the Clearly Asphalt App can help. Log on and request an estimate. With regular inspections and maintenance catch basin problems can be addressed early, avoiding more disruptive and expensive repairs in the future

So never mind the swim suit and you can put away the hip waders. Let’s fix those catch basins in need of repair and in doing so, prolong the life of your asphalt.

Norm Kingsbury inspects the inside of a catch basin. He is measuring the grade rings. Addaline Asphalt Consultants check the inside of each of your catch basins. The problem may be below the surface.

 

 

It is clear – parking lot repair is seasonal

Monday, July 24th, 2017

 

Clearly – new App makes life easier

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Rod Campbell, President/Spring 2017

Click of a mouse. Now, that’s all you need to do to manage, view, request, approve or decline your asphalt repair estimates.

From pot holes to catch basins, line paint and crack fill, Addaline Asphalt Maintenance is ready to make your job easier.

The Clearly Asphalt  App is a revolutionary time-saver for the management of your properties when it comes to asphalt maintenance. In addition to being able to view your estimates with clear photographic descriptions, the new Clearly Asphalt App will provide you with your estimates faster, resulting in a quicker decision-making process which will filter down to happy tenants, residents, property owners and guests on your properties.

The Clearly Asphalt App provides the ability to request new estimates, view scheduling, and many more features, designed to save you time and maintain our promise to you of crystal clear communication. You can share the estimates with relevant stakeholders, saving you time and providing  you with clear communication.

To watch a quick explainer video about the app, visit our YouTube Channel here: App for Property Managers

For more information and helpful tips pertaining to the new app, watch the videos on our support page here: Addaline Support . We would be happy to provide you with a guided tour of the App. Give us a call toll free at 1-888-355-5750 or contact us by email

Pictured—Screen shot from our Clearly Asphalt App explainer video on YouTube. You can see your estimates at any stage, request an estimate, view your completed estimates, approve or decline estimates or select the specific work you want completed.