Staying on Top of Parking Lot Maintenance
As a property manager, you have plenty of tasks to oversee in keeping your property presentable and accommodating. One such task that is sometimes overlooked is parking lot maintenance. In truth, keeping the parking lot in good condition is crucial on multiple levels. A parking lot full of cracks, potholes, and worn-out asphalt is not only unsightly—sending the wrong message about the business or residence—it also hampers the building’s accessibility, creating safety risks for employees and customers and leaving you liable for lawsuits. To avoid this, follow these guidelines.
Develop a Proactive Plan
As with any other part of the property, maintaining the parking lot is an ongoing effort best approached by establishing a plan of action. A proactive approach minimizes costs and labor by preventing minor problems from becoming more severe. This plan should include regular upkeep, seasonal tasks, and annual repairs. Some key steps for this plan include:
- Sweeping up leaves and debris regularly
- Pressure washing to remove more stubborn dirt and debris
- Removing vegetation growing through the pavement
- Cleaning oil/fuel spills with degreasing agents
- Seal coating every 1-2 years
- Inspections for cracks or potholes, followed by repairs with crack filler for minor damage
- De-icing pavement in the winter
- Inspecting drainage systems to prevent standing water
- Restriping, especially after seal coating or heavy washing
Along with regularly scheduling minor maintenance tasks, you should be ready to act when something out of the ordinary does happen. Your employees should recognize the failures and should reach out to get an estimate or begin figuring out the next appropriate steps. Also, make sure that any extensive maintenance that would leave the parking lot unusable is scheduled to not conflict with business hours. For a larger lot, this may mean phasing repairs over a longer time period or dividing the task by individual sections of the lot.
Contracting for Pavement Maintenance
Part of being a property manager is knowing when to delegate maintenance jobs. Pavement maintenance is one of those jobs that makes perfect sense to delegate. As a property manager or business owner, typically, you have other matters demanding your attention, and employees can’t be assigned to maintenance tasks without leaving their usual work unfinished.
By partnering with a pavement and property management contractor, you know that the job will be done right every time. This gives you access to the tools, expertise, and labor needed to get the job done. Such businesses are well-equipped to recognize the necessary solutions for your property—types of cracks or wear, what causes them and how to repair them, for instance. Pavement contractors are also familiar with local, state, and federal regulations, e.g., accessibility needs. This leaves you to focus on managing your business and property.
Headquartered in the Dallas area, Pavecon has been providing quality pavement maintenance services for over 25 years and now serves the Phoenix, Austin, Houston, Lubbock, San Antonio, Northwest Arkansas, Jackson, Mississippi, and Birmingham markets. From sweeping and striping to pothole repairs and asphalt patching, many rely on us for all the essentials of keeping their parking lots functional and maintaining curb appeal. Contact us today to learn more about any of our services, either online or by calling us at (972) 263-3223.
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