Whether you are a homeowner, a business owner, or work in road maintenance at a local municipality, it is vital that you understand the importance of street sweeping and clearing debris in order to maintain you paved surface. While paved surfaces are durable and long lasting, they do require regular maintenance if you’d like to enjoy their full value. Over time, the surfaces can degrade and wear and tear can cause issues such as potholes. Today, we will discuss the reasons that street sweeping is such a vital element of paved surface.
It’s a Drainage Game
Asphalt doesn’t have many enemies, but if you were looking to cast an arch-villain you would not have to look any further than moisture. Moisture, once it slips its way beneath a paved surface begins expanding and contracting as the temperatures rise and fall. This causes damage to the surface and can eventually lead to potholes. So, when it comes to maintenance, one of your primary goals is to avoid the accumulation of moisture.
When we are talking about the importance of street sweeping and clearing of debris, we are primarily talking about improving drainage. Most streets are designed to drain water quickly and effectively. However, efficacy of this process can cause debris to be spread around.
Street sweeping directly combats this. Further, if you ignore debris for too long, it can start to decompose, which will result in unsightly stains on the paved surface. Such stains can be very difficult to remove. Your best course of action is to take preventative measures.
If you are a homeowner, or a business owner, you either need to get out and sweep your paved surface yourself, or hire someone to do it.