Making a lasting first impression for your business is important especially in this age where image is truly bankable. In this vein, companies invest on good architecture, require well-dressed employees and showcase pleasant faces to greet customers and visitors upon entry and exit. But for owners who really want to impact their business, the show has to start in the parking lot.
This spring, make sure your facility’s parking area is in tip-top shape. Usher in the new season with proper parking lot maintenance and repair that will keep your employees and customers safe.
As the snow melts and concrete pavements become fully visible again, this is the perfect opportunity to check for cracks, potholes, and other damage caused by the inches of snow. Here are the things to look out for during your parking lot maintenance:
1. Cracks and holes. It is best to look for these damages as early as possible so they can be repaired and handled accordingly without causing inconvenience to vehicles and pedestrians. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), parking areas must be level and cracks, holes, and lumps must not exceed one centimetre. Also, check for vegetation that may be growing in between the cracks. Aside from being unpleasant to the eyes, the vegetation may disguise the cracks and uneven concrete underneath.
2. Melting snow and ice. Be careful of thawing ice and snow in your parking lot. This may cause spill and fall hazards that lead to accidents, violations and possible lawsuits. This month, The Prince Albert Daily Herald reported on multiple slip and fall incidents that required paramedic response.
It is ideal to use ice melters to speed up the process. Ice melters work faster than rock salt in melting ice and snow. Choose one that won’t discolour concrete or asphalt, and won’t harm the grass in your parking area.
3. Leaks and spills of antifreeze. Because antifreeze is used in vehicle engines during winter, leaks and spills may occur while the vehicles are parked in your lot. Check the parking slots for these slip and fall hazards. During your facility maintenance, you can use traffic cones to block the damaged slot and prevent access until the spill is cleaned.
4. Faded paint and pavement markings. Check the state of pavement markings for parking slots, crosswalks, fire lanes and loading zones. They should be clearly visible and repainted immediately once the colours fade. Use stencils, marking tape, and stripers to make the task of parking lot paving much easier. Remember to use high-quality paint meant for everyday abuse and won’t easily fade.
5. Busted lighting, damaged parking lot signs and bollards. The extreme weather condition we just experienced may have damaged lamp posts and signs in your parking lot. The long exposure to snow may have affected your signs’ reflectivity. Check the condition of your bollards and bumper guards. Make sure to replace broken light bulbs and damaged parking lot signs. Choose signs made with heavy-duty material and optimum reflectivity. This will save you from further facility maintenance costs while ensuring safety in the area. Meanwhile, using bollard sleeves is an economical way to cover up and prevent future damage and replacement.
By keeping a well-maintained parking lot, it shows how professional you are in conducting your business and in creating a lasting partnership with your employees and customers. It’s a way of giving back for their continued loyalty and patronage of your business.