Winter Gritting Experts

How to Prevent Potholes from Becoming a Problem

January 29, 2021

As the country braces itself for another spell of snow and freezing temperatures, it’s critical that your roads, carparks and surfaces are monitored for signs of cracking and potholes.

It’s often the freezing night-time temperatures combined with warmer daytime conditions that make this time of year the perfect recipe for potholes to appear. We look at what you can do to protect your sites from the problem of potholes.

Potholes before repair

What causes a pothole?

Potholes are caused by the expansion and contraction action when water seeps into the surface and freezes. This process creates cracking to the surface and over time these cracks deteriorate leaving behind open voids. The deterioration process is then accelerated when vehicles are driven over the compromised surface (due to their weight), which is why we regularly see potholes appear in high traffic locations.

 

Be proactive and inspect your sites

When it comes to potholes, our advice is simple: be proactive rather than reactive. Regular site inspections and the immediate repair of any defects will keep you one step ahead of potential problems.

Potholes must be correctly repaired to avoid increasing the size of the problem. Simply filling a pothole is not the solution, as the surrounding area must also be attended to, ensuring a good repair is achieved.

 

Keeping people safe and sites compliant

Employers must ensure workplaces are safe and without risks to either workers or visitors on the site. If incidents occur, employers place themselves at risk of legal action.

In England last year, 24% of claims for vehicle damage caused by potholes were successful, which equated to over £1.9m being paid out in compensation!

 

Pothole repair services to meet your needs

We provide numerous solutions to potholes and can assist you with producing site condition reports and recommendations. In addition to repairs we also provide a complete resurfacing and refurbishment service.

  • Pothole and minor surface repairs
  • Patch repair (covering a larger area)
  • Full surfacing asphalt works
  • Specialist coatings: waterproofing, aesthetic asphalt and street art services

As some sites are seeing a reduction in footfall and vehicle traffic, now is an ideal time to review your car park condition and maintenance needs.


GRITIT works with you as a partner, not a supplier and we continually look to improve the services we provide. We deliver complete supply chain visibility and our people and processes are COVID compliant.

To find out how we can support you or to obtain a free quote or site survey, please contact us today.

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