What Do Fuel and Oil Do To Your Asphalt?

Asphalt is one of the most robust materials used in modern construction. Able to withstand huge amounts of pressure, a wide range of temperatures, and all of the other stresses and strains the elements can throw at it, it makes sense that asphalt is one of the most popular choices for driveways, parking lots, and roads. While Asphalt may be strong, though, it certainly isn’t invincible, and substances like fuel and oil can do a huge amount of damage to it.

How Do Fuel and Oil Damage Your Asphalt?

Before diving into the way that fuel and oil will damage your asphalt, it makes sense to consider what this substance is made from. Crude oil-based fuel and oil share a strong relationship with asphalt. They are all formed during the fractional distillation of crude oil, with asphalt itself being one of the easiest things to produce in this process. Having similar chemical make-ups causes these materials to interact with one another in unexpected ways.

When fuel or oil is left in contact with asphalt, it will slowly eat away at it, leaving just the aggregate and crushed stone that forms it behind. This process can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, but the damage will start to be caused almost immediately, making it crucial that you work hard to keep your asphalt clean. The oil or fuel will erode your asphalt slowly, eventually leading to issues like potholes and dips that cause puddles.

Dealing With An Oil or Fuel Spill On Asphalt

The damage caused by a fuel or oil spill can often be prevented with fast action, but you have to make sure that you get to the spill before it seeps into the asphalt. Cat litter, WD-40, and dishwashing soap are all common remedies to this problem, and you need only remove any excess oil before you can apply them to your asphalt. It’s worth being extremely careful if you decide to tackle this by yourself; oil and fuel can easily spread to other areas around your property if you make a mistake.

How Global Asphalt Solutions Can Help With Asphalt Fuel & Oil Spills

Here at Global Asphalt Solutions, we’ve spent the last 20 years working with issues like fuel and oil spills on asphalt. Our expert team has the tools and expertise to clean substances like this, enabling them to leave your asphalt as good as new if you catch your spill quickly enough. We can also offer repair services for those who have already damaged their asphalt.

Alongside these services, we offer Asphalt Sealcoating that can provide the protection you need against future fuel and oil spills. Treatments like this will increase the lifespan of your asphalt, while also making it easier to clean and keep in good condition, with a protective layer keeping unwanted elements at bay. If you’d like to learn more about our asphalt services, we highly recommend that you get in touch with our friendly team.