How Important Is Pavement Drainage?

If you’ve ever been out during a day of heavy rain, then you may have noticed that water doesn’t really collect on flat roads, driveways, and even outdoor parking lots. If you did see large flat puddles forming around the streets of Michigan, then there’s definitely something wrong! Standing water can actually damage paved surfaces, especially if it’s allowed to pool up and stay there without any kind of drainage. This is why pavement drainage is important–it protects surfaces and ensures that water doesn’t stay around for long enough to create large puddles.

The most common source of this water would be rain, but there are also times where a sprinkler system might cause puddles to form on paved surfaces. For some commercial areas, water might pool because people are cleaning their windows and the paved areas outside of their stores. If this water is allowed to sit on the pavement for too long, then it can damage the strong materials within the pavement. It starts to crack and may even weaken if it’s left for too long. That’s why you might see a lot of pavement damage in the older parts of Traverse City, Michigan–because the paved areas are being worn down over time.

How is standing water usually removed?

When it comes to planning paved areas in Traverse City, the most common technique used is known as “sloping”. You may have noticed that many paved areas around the city are designed in a way that the paved surface guides any standing water to some kind of drainage area. At most, there’s around a 5% downward slope that ensures all of the water runs off the surface and is drained out somewhere. The slope is usually barely noticeable, but you’ll see water actively running off it when there’s a day of heavy rain.

Sloping is the most common technique used and is why you don’t really see large puddles of water around roads and parking lots. The only exception is when there’s damage to the paved surface which creates a dip for the water to run to and pool in. These are also easily fixed and usually present no problem. However, if these issues aren’t fixed, then the water can eventually damage the rest of the paved area, causing the crack or dip to expand and make the problem worse. This is why it’s important to fix any cracks and dips in paved areas as soon as they happen.

Why is it important to drain water from pavements?

Aside from the damage that water can cause to paved surfaces, we also need to think about the damage or harm it can cause to pedestrians and sometimes even vehicles. For example, excess rain could lead to flooding which may damage cars and their wheels, and water puddles around your business could make it less accessible. Pedestrians may also be more prone to slipping and falling if the surfaces around your business are wet or have large puddles. It creates a huge mess that can easily be avoided if you take the right countermeasures.

Identifying if your pavements are collecting water

Unfortunately, the most common way to determine if a paved area collects water is to just wait until it rains heavily. This will help you identify where puddles form so you know which areas to fix and areas you should fill and patch up.

However, if you know that there are certain areas that collect water but can’t identify all of them, then you can still get in touch with our specialists at Global Asphalt Solutions to help you not only locate problematic areas but also patch them up with our paving services.