Potholes are a nuisance to drivers and business owners alike. They’re not just annoying; they can be dangerous and costly, causing a total of $3 billion in damage a year. For drivers, pothole repairs average about $306 but can set them back anywhere from $250 to $1,000. And if that damage happens in your parking lot, it can affect your reputation -- and even your bottom line.
What causes potholes?
The short answer? Potholes form when asphalt weakens and buckles. The longer explanation? Asphalt is a petroleum-based product, and when oil and gas (also petroleum products) sit on the surface or soak into asphalt, it weakens the bonds and allows gaps and soft spots to form. That, combined with changes in weather temperatures, constant traffic and the weight of cars and trucks, provides a perfect recipe for a pothole. When left untreated, those potholes can grow larger and deeper, increasing the chances for damages and injuries.
How do I prevent potholes?
Preventing potholes in your parking lot is simple when you arm yourself with the right product. Enter: FORO Asphalt Cleaner & Hardener. This all-natural solution cleans, hardens and restores weakened and damaged asphalt. More than that, though, FORO can also be used to remove asphalt stains and protect your parking lot from future damage by absorbing oil and fuel stains; thus eliminating soft spots that can quickly become potholes.
1. Clean the area by removing trash and debris.
2. Apply FORO directly to the stained or weakened area. For wet applications, use a 2-gallon sprayer.
3. Repeat steps 1-2 about 2-3 times a week or as needed.
In addition to parking lots, you can use FORO on:
- Any other asphalt surface
Pro tip: Make it a point to inspect your parking lot regularly for cracks or holes and address them as soon as possible.
Turn to CAF for pothole prevention and more
CAF understands the importance of a clean (and safe) parking lot, which is why we’ve developed an entire line of outdoor cleaning products to help along the way. Need indoor products, too? We’ve got you covered there as well. Check out our solution finder to find products that best fit your needs.