Emergency maintenance defines any roadway situation that requires immediate repairs, such as a severe pothole or blowout. Emergency maintenance is performed for safety reasons and sometimes so that traffic can pass through the road again. Some major roadway issues cause roads to completely close down until the appropriate repairs are made. When it comes to preserving roadways it’s important to be proactive as opposed to reactive. Emergency maintenance is 100% reactive.
Not all emergency maintenance methods are for the long-term. Oftentimes, a quick fix is necessary to hold the road together so that it can be safely reopened. Then, when the timing is right, a more permanent reconstruction or rehabilitation method is conducted.
Massive potholes are a common emergency maintenance issue, but they don’t have to be. No pothole starts off big enough to interfere with traffic and overall safety. Potholes start off small and continue to grow if they are not treated and repaired properly. Conducting preventative maintenance and minor repairs can save you a great deal of time, money and stress.
Preventative, Corrective & Emergency Maintenance: Which is more cost effective?
There are three different forms of maintenance, preventive, corrective and emergency maintenance. Preventative maintenance ranks as the most cost effective followed by corrective maintenance, so long as it is conducted early on.
-Preventative Maintenance includes applying the appropriate treatments to pavement that remains in good condition. While at the time it might seem like a ‘waste of money,’ it actually extends the life of pavement and saves money over time. As more agencies are seeing the cost effective benefits of preventative asphalt maintenance it is becoming more popular.
-Corrective Maintenance is the application of treatments or repairs to distressed areas of asphalt. The longer corrective maintenance is postponed the greater the cost and severity will become. It is more reactive than preventative, but it is better than dealing with emergency maintenance.
-Emergency Maintenance is done after an emergency situation arises that needs immediate repairs. Otherwise, the issue may cause safety-related issues or road closures. Typically, long-standing issues that have been ignored lead to the need for emergency repairs.
The Drawbacks To Emergency Asphalt Maintenance
Emergency maintenance is a reactive method. When something needs to be fixed immediately it puts pressure on the situation, overruling things that would be important in any other circumstance, such as cost-effectiveness. On the other hand, preventative maintenance is proactive because it prevents larger issues from arising and gives you more freedom to decide on the best option.
When conducting routine maintenance you have a lot of options to consider in regards to cost-effectiveness, materials, and so forth. Yet, emergency maintenance must be conducted in haste, causing things like overall cost to go out the window in exchange for fixing it as fast as possible.
Some materials that are not used for preventative or corrective maintenance, due to cost or long-term performance, are acceptable to use in an emergency situation.
The Importance Of Keeping Up With Preventative Maintenance
All asphalt requires preventative maintenance at some point. If regular maintenance and minor repairs are ignored, emergency maintenance issues requiring immediate attention arise. Unfortunately, many agencies do not keep up with regular maintenance as needed, although they could save money and hassles by simply implementing a preventative maintenance program. When a minor issue is ignored it eventually balloons into something far more serious that may cause the need to close down the roadway altogether.
Getting on a preventative maintenance program can help reduce the risk of emergency issues. When deciding which preventative maintenance tasks to take care of always ask the following 3 questions:
-Will the treatment increase pavement performance? Increased performance includes added comfort, safety, convenience, and life cycle costs.
-Is the treatment cost effective? For example, if you apply a seal coat to pavement you should determine how much life the pavement will gain from this service as compared to pavement that is not treated with seal coat. While the seal coat itself may only last 5 years, it can actually increase pavement life by 10 years, making it very cost effective.
-What treatment method provides the greatest benefits? If a treatment is identified as cost-effective your next goal is to identify the best materials and construction methods for the job.
Types of Preventative Maintenance Include:
-Crack repair with sealant (clean and seal, saw and seal, rout and seal)
-Full-depth crack repair
-Double chip seal
-Thin hot-mix overlays
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Kleenco Construction is available to solve your emergency asphalt issues on the fly. We use the latest techniques and proven processes to get the job done right as quickly and cost effectively as possible.