Halloween, a scary time of year, deserves a frightening contest

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Figure out the theme of this newsletter and name as many “references” as you can.

The first person to correctly let us know four correct “references” will win a $50 gift certificate for lunch at his/her favourite restaurant. Please e-mail your answers to Robin Farley at info@addaline.ca.

The deadline for this contest is Friday the 13th, the second Friday in April, 2018.


Don’t Look Now —Time for Asphalt 101

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Learn more about asphalt and earn RCM education points.

After the Addaline Asphalt Maintenance presentation, you will know more about:

  • Types of asphalt damage & repair options;
  • Difference between HL8 & HL3 asphalt;
  • Catch basin repairs and replacement;
  • Sub-base importance; Advantages & disadvantages of repaving; what to consider;
  • Why crack fill & line painting are a good idea

This educational presentation is about an hour long. If you have a group of 8 or more people, Addaline could bring the workshop to you. Contact Robin Farley at info@addaline.ca, if you are interested or call 888-355-5750. This workshop, also, provides registered condominium managers with education points.

“Get out,” you say. No, it is true. We will be offering a Catch Basin 101 class starting in 2018. Learn what you need to know so you can better understand what is going on beneath your parking lot.


Better than a visit to the cabin in the woods, see our CBA booth

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

What: The Buildings Show, PM Expo

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

When: Nov 29— Dec 1, 2017

Who: Building owners, property managers, facility managers to list a few.

For free passes click: To register

Learn about leading edge technology and the latest in cost-effective solutions for managing and operating buildings at the PM Expo 2017.

The unsung hero of your parking lot — the catch basin

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017


It sits in anonymity.

Barely noticed, we drive and walk over top of the thing without realizing the important role it plays in the life of the parking lot. Barely noticed that is, until something goes wrong. Then… well… then we pay the piper. What could have been a minor problem has now become a serious threat to the life of your parking lot.

It’s the catch basin. No scary clowns down there. No floating balloons either.

Remember, when it comes to parking lots, water is the enemy and the catch basin is a very good friend. And like most good friends, we should care for them – make sure they are in good shape and working properly.

If left to pool, standing water erodes and breaks down asphalt. Maintaining your catch basins is a proactive approach that will save you both time and money. To promote proper drainage, catch basins should be positioned at the lowest points of your parking lot.

If you see standing water in your parking lot, there may be problems. You should have the components of the catch basins inspected. In addition, depressions in the asphalt around a catch basin could indicate underlying problems with the lot. 

Now, before you rush out to your parking lot and try to perform a DIY inspection of a catch basin, remember, the top assembly or steel grate weighs 200 lb or 91 kg, and we don’t recommend you attempt such a lift – no, leave that to the professionals.

Once the top assembly is open, the shining light inside the catch basin could reveal damage to the top of the catch basin or broken grade rings (risers) that are allowing water to penetrate beneath the surrounding asphalt. Grade rings or risers are an important component of a catch basin, as they can be added or removed to adjust the level of the steel assembly (remember, it should be below the level of the asphalt to permit proper drainage).

There could also be damage in the lower portion of the catch basin where the pipe exits. The area around the pipe is referred to as the annulus and can sometimes crack and crumble allowing the water to go where it shouldn’t. If a contractor only fixes the top of the catch basin assembly and problems below are not addressed, you will have wasted your money and the problem will likely return in very short order.

It’s time we release the catch basin from its “barely notice” status and start paying attention to your parking lot’s best friend.

Regular inspection, cleaning and maintenance by a knowledgeable contractor can keep catch basins in good working condition. The cost of regular maintenance is far less expense than lot replacement, damaged vehicles or worse pedestrian injury.


Contest winner

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Addaline Spring 2017 newsletter contest winner was Michael Aquilina of Strategic Property Management. There were two possible correct answers: the word “clearly” was in our newsletter 16 times and the Babylonians were the first ancient civilization to pave a road with asphalt. Thanks to all who participated in our contest.
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