How to Prevent Water Damaged Pavement

How to Prevent Water Damaged Pavement

Water is the main cause of pavement degradation and can lead to the formation of potholes and cracks. The longer water seeps into the pavement, the more it will weaken the base. Many property owners think of driveway repair once there is a major problem on their pavement. Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach since this type of damage can be very complex and expensive to repair.

The good news is there are a few things you can do to prevent water from damaging your pavement. They include:

Water Redirection

Investing in proper water drainage is one of the best ways to prevent water damage on your pavement. This will not only help water flow away from your property as soon as it falls, but it will also prevent water from accumulating on your pavement. Alternatively, you can build your pavement at a slight slope to help drain any excess water.

Crack Filling

Water leads to the oxidation of your asphalt, which makes it brittle. This makes it susceptible to cracking. In addition, if water reaches the base, your pavement’s ability to carry traffic load weakens, leading to more cracks. Therefore, investing in crack-filling services will fill the cracks and seal them off, preventing water from penetrating the surface of your pavement.

Pothole Repair

A car sinking into a pothole

Potholes occur as a result of a damaged base course or oxidized pavement. When a pothole opens in your pavement, water can easily flow in, creating worsening forms of damage throughout your pavement.

To prevent your pavement from water damage, potholes require emergency repair from a professional pavement maintenance company. The area must be dug up and replaced with new asphalt. The longer you wait, the higher the cost and necessary repair will be.


Sealcoating is one of the most popular ways of protecting your pavement from water damage. This is a scheduled program of pavement maintenance that helps to beautify and protect asphalt pavement for a lesser cost than replacing it with new asphalt. If left untreated, asphalt pavement can deteriorate swiftly.

Sealcoat is a tar-based product that protects against harmful liquids such as oil and water. It is a layer of protection against your asphalt paving.

Regular Maintenance and Repair

As a Property owner or manager, you should perform regular repairs and maintenance of your property, solving problems before they get out of hand. Checking for early signs of damage, mending minor cracks, and ensuring proper drainage are all things that can help minimize damage and repair your pavement. If cracks and pothole repairs are not made in advance, water will still get under the surface and destroy your whole pavement.

Whether you require new pavement, maintenance, repairs, or pavement marking, GWP Company is here to help you prevent your pavement from water damage. As a family-owned business in the Atlanta metro area, we work to fulfill all your pavement repair and maintenance needs. Reach out to us today or call 678-377-3113 to find out how we can help.

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