Parking lot surfaces like asphalt allow water to seep through over time. Eventually, this trickle of water will cause several problems. Two of the most common are erosion under the surface of the lot, creating empty spaces and weakness, and trapped water that freezes.
As water sits inside the asphalt or another porous surface, it will freeze, expand, and wreak havoc on the internal structure of the lot and cause severe cracking. Over time, this process just accelerates.
While damage due to water can never be 100% eliminated, an effective drainage solution like Hydraway—with its superior compressive strength, higher inflow rates, and resistance to clogging—can extend the life of your parking lot.
The Causes of Water Damage
There are two major causes of parking lot damage due to water: freezing within cracks and porous surfaces and erosion of the material under the parking lot surface. Both of these cause significant risk of potholes or worse, damaging your investment and discouraging visitors, customers, and event attendees.
After a significant rainstorm, water will slowly begin to seep inside and below the surface. If this occurs during the late fall or winter months and the parking lot doesn’t have an effective drainage system underneath, it is extremely likely that the water will freeze, expand, and create cracks or expand existing ones. Hydraway has an unmatched ability to carry away excess water and mitigate that damage to help your lot stay intact longer.
Even if the water that seeps below the surface does not freeze, you still aren’t out of the woods. Without a proper subsurface drainage solution, the earth, whatever its makeup (e.g., soil or rocks), will almost certainly begin to break down and flow away. Without a solid foundation for the lot surface to rest on, the lot will begin to degrade quickly.
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Horse Pasture Drainage System
Hard surfaces like parking lots are only one area where Hydraway is an effective drainage solution. Dirt surfaces like horse race tracks and pastures also require adequate drainage to keep the surface intact and the horses walking and running on it healthy. Dirt surfaces offer their own challenges for drainage systems: namely, clogging.
Hydraway’s needle-punctured fabric surface is thermally bonded to a molded polyethylene core, enabling high water inflow rates while almost completely eliminating the risk of clogging due to dirt or silt intake.
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