Potholes are a common problem, and if you are a city manager, the owner of a parking lot or anyone else who has to organize pothole repairs, you know that these road blemishes can be hard to repair. Luckily, there are several uncommon solutions for this common problem.
Take a look at these ideas to see if you can find an approach that meets your needs:
1. Microwave Repairs
A disadvantage of traditional pothole repair is that the patching compound struggles to bond with the surrounding asphalt. As a result, the patch pulls away from the ground, causing cracks and potentially a resurrection of the pothole itself.
How Microwave Repair Helps
If you cannot seem to get your potholes to go away permanently, consider working with a roadway repair company that offers microwave patching. In this approach, workers start by cleaning loose debris from the hole, and then, they use a microwave attachment on their trucks to heat up the pothole and the asphalt around it.
The microwaves melt any ice and snow in the pothole. This is a critical step as moisture plays a big role in pothole creation, and if all of the moisture isn't removed, it will freeze and thaw repeatedly until the pothole comes back.
Then, the workers pour the patching compound into the hole, and allow it to mound over the hole. It isn't just asphalt -- it also contains taconite rock with magnetite. Magnetite easily absorbs microwave rays, allowing the patch to heat up quickly. Then, they apply the microwaves until the mixture reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit, the boiling point of water, another step that helps remove water. Finally, the hot area is compacted, and the patch is complete.
2. Shape-Shifting Goo Patches
If you spend a lot of money on pothole repair and your budget is strapped, you need a solution that allows you to cut labor costs. For example, if you organize repairs for the roads in a small town and you don't have a large pool of workers in your area, it may be challenging to use traditional pothole patching methods that require more than one person. Luckily, there are alternatives.
How Shape-Shifting Goo Patches Can Help
There are a few different products that are considered to be shape-shifting goo patches, but all of them work in a similar way. Essentially, the patch gets placed into the pothole. Its surface hardens, but its bottom and middle layers stay elastic -- some analysts compare these patches to silly putty.
When the surface surrounding the pothole moves, the pliable patch moves with it. To provide a scientific explanation, these patches feature non-Newtonian liquids. They feel solid under pressure such as when a car is driving over them, but in the absence of pressure, they behave more like a liquid, moving and shifting in response to the movements of the hole.
These alternatives to asphalt come in a couple different packages. For example, you can buy a material that gets stored in a bucket. This is completely safe to tote around in the back of a truck. When you find a pothole, you simply pour in the asphalt alternative, tamp it down with a metal tool, and the work is done.
Alternatively, there are shape-shifting goo patches in kevlar bags. These could be stored in the back of a car or a truck, and to apply them, you just drop them into the hole in need. This is a great alternative if you are tired of outsourcing your pothole repairs and you want an easy solution that you or your employees can handle yourself.
Want to learn more about alternatives to traditional pothole repair? Then, contact a roadway repair company. They can help assess your challenges, see this damage, and suggest the solutions that will work the best for your potholes.