How to Fix Potholes in Winter?

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* Potholes can cause difficult and even dangerous driving conditions.

Can You Fix Potholes in Winter?

Hard winters can leave behind some absolutely notorious, crater-like potholes. They riddle roadways and parking lots across Northern Virginia, DC and MD and this winter is no exception. Those potholes can cause difficult and even dangerous driving conditions. If you fail to dodge one when you don’t expect it, you can even damage your car. 

What’s worse is that if your residents, customers, patients and patrons experience damage, accident or injury because of potholes on your property, you could also be in for some legal and financial trouble. So naturally, it’s always better, of course, not to have potholes. Which begs the question: can you fix potholes in the winter? The answer for Espina Paving is: Yes!

Fixing Potholes in the Winter

Although most winter-time pothole patching is temporary in nature (designed to get your drivers through the winter until more permanent repairs can be done in the drier months), Espina Paving is fortunate to have its own asphalt plant that can mix special “cold weather” asphalt formulations. This “cold weather” asphalt can patch a pothole smoothly and sturdily, even though the ground is still likely cold, wet and dirty. It’s important to understand that these cold-weather pothole patches are not a permanent fix, but it’s far better than allowing weather and traffic to turn a small pothole into a meteor crater-sized monstrosity that can cause accidents and damage.

Benefits of Patching Potholes in the Middle of Winter

While you may think it’s more expensive to have potholes patched in the winter than to just have everyone wait it out, this is actually not the case. Allowing a small pothole to expand over the winter months not only risks danger to the cars and drivers who use your roads and parking lots, it can be far more expensive to fix huge, gaping potholes in the spring than to have smaller ones patched in the winter. A successful winter pothole patching job can minimize damage to the asphalt, keeping the area that needs long-term repairs in the spring and summer smaller, which is far less expensive to fix in the long run. So, don’t be afraid to get those smaller potholes fixed as soon as possible.

If you already notice that you have large cracks developing, crack filling sealant can be used. Keep in mind that fixing small problems proactively can prevent bigger, more expensive potholes later on! If you have a pothole issue on your commercial property or municipal roads, today and get it fixed: (703) 491-9100.
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What to do if You See a Pothole on Your Commercial Property

Keep your clients, residents, parishioners, employees and patrons safe this winter by addressing any potholes you see (or have reported to you) immediately. Contact Espina Paving at (703) 491-9100 for our special cold-weather pothole repair team. Leaving a pothole to fester all winter will only make the damage worse and more expensive. Patching the hole so everyone can drive without making it bigger will keep the damage at bay until a more permanent repair can be made.

Pothole Prevention

Of course, the best way to avoid potholes in the winter is to prevent them with maintenance work in the spring, summer and fall. The first way to do this is to keep to your asphalt maintenance schedule for sealcoating in the summer. Depending on traffic and climatic conditions at your facility, you may need to have this done every 2 to 3 years. The sealcoating applied to your parking lots fills small cracks, making them impervious to water infiltration—the biggest cause of potholes. The sealcoating also protects your asphalt from UV rays and ordinary wear and tear, making the surface better at melting snow, evaporating water and giving tires and shoes a grippy surface to travel over.

If you already notice that you have large cracks developing, crack filling sealant can be used. Keep in mind that fixing small problems proactively can prevent bigger, more expensive potholes later on! If you have a pothole issue on your commercial property or municipal roads, contact Espina Paving today and get it fixed: (703) 491-9100.

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About the Author

With Espina Paving being a family business, I have been exposed to the construction industry my whole life. I graduated college on a Friday, and was building roads on Monday. Having served many functions within the company, I am currently overseeing our day to day operations.