What is a pothole?

2022-03-07 09:36:38 ENUO

What is a pothole?

A pothole is a shallow pit or depression produced in a driveway surface by the effects of traffic wear-and-tear and weather.

Why do potholes happen? How are potholes formed? How do potholes form? What causes potholes?

Pothole happens when the driveway surface breaks up. This may be caused by many different factors, from weather(moisture and oxidation) and heavy traffic to general wear and tear.

Potholes are created when water trickles and seeps through cracks in the asphalt that have developed over time as a result of heat and the constant pounding of vehicular traffic. As that moisture freezes and expands in the subgrade, sections of the pavement are loosened; when it melts and contracts, it leaves a void. This typically happens in spring with its freeze-and-thaw cycles.

Traffic then exacerbates the problem. As vehicles travel over this weakened section of roadway, the pavement surface breaks and pieces of asphalt are forced out, collapsing and leaving a pothole. The hole gets bigger when there is no preservation and cars and trucks roll over it.

Most potholes develop in pavement that has seen some wear and tear – generally 6 to 12 years old and beyond. They can grow quite wide but usually only become a few centimeters deep. They are often round but pretty much come in a variety of shapes. Obviously, high-traffic roads tend to have more potholes.

It’s important to fill potholes as soon as they begin to form. Left untreated, potholes can lead to larger areas of pavement failure as well as posing a threat of damage to vehicles and potential costly liability to property owners.

Why patch Pothole?

Pothole patching will eliminate the liability and the hazards to pedestrians & vehicles.

Prevents those areas from sustaining more damage from traffic and snow plows.