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Business Safety Tips: Improving Your Parking Lot

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As a business owner, it is your job to ensure that both your employees and customers are safe. If you own a retail store, you may generally think of safety as keeping the aisles clean and free of clutter. However, safety goes well beyond the environment inside of your store. The environment outside of your store is just as important. Considering that approximately 206 people are killed annually in parking lot related accidents, it is important to ensure the safety of your parking lot. Avoid Ornamental Designs Although landscaping and ornamental designs such as trees and shrubs may look attractive, it can block the view of drivers in your parking lot. Rather than designing your parking lot with ornaments and greenery that may reduce visibility, ensure the design of your parking lot offers plenty of space and a wide open view. Promoting better visibility can reduce the likelihood of an accident taking place in your parking lot. If a driver is unable to see while backing out, it is more likely that they will strike another vehicle or perhaps even a pedestrian walking through the parking lot. Curbs and walkways are okay and even encouraged to promote the safety of pedestrians, but avoid the use of any other décor in your parking lot. Smooth Out the Pavement If you have a parking lot paved in asphalt, keep in mind that the asphalt is bound to deteriorate. Potholes and other uneven pits in the ground are often caused by the tires of vehicles constantly driving over the material. Not only can potholes and uneven marks in the pavement cause damage to other vehicles, they can also pose slip and fall risks. If a customer or employee happens to trip and fall because of a pothole, you could be held responsible. An employee or customer would have the right to file a lawsuit against you, which could end up costing you an unnecessary amount of money. Ensure that your parking lot offers a smooth, even surface for the safety of your employees and customers by hiring professionals to perform necessary repairs. Discover more about parking lot repair by getting in touch with a local professional.  Provide Plenty of Security Features From robberies to kidnapping, poorly designed parking lots can pose serious risks to the safety of your employees and customers. An estimated 80% of crimes that occur at offices, shopping centers, and strip malls take place in the parking lot. Fortunately, you can promote the safety of individuals on your property by redesigning certain safety elements, particularly lighting and security cameras. Proper lighting is of the utmost importance when it comes to the safety of your parking. Lighting provides greater visibility, therefore deterring criminals away from your business. Lighting can also prevent vehicular accidents from occurring. Low lighting or a lack of lighting can reduce visibility. If a driver is unable to see his or her surroundings, they run the risk of hitting another vehicle in the parking lot or perhaps even a pedestrian. Aside from lighting, you should also incorporate other safety features, such as security cameras. Criminals want to avoid being seen and identified. Strategically placed security cameras that are visible to potential criminals sends a warning message that makes them think twice about committing a crime. Criminals are...

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5 Reasons To Choose A Restoration Company With Advanced Moisture Detection Equipment

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When a broken water main or hurricane flooding damages your home, you’ll likely want to call the first water damage restoration company you can find. However, taking at least a little time to ask about the equipment and qualifications of the service provider pays off in the long run. Shop around for a company that brings high-tech moisture detection tools to enjoy these five benefits. Preventing Hidden Mold When water fills up a home or even a single room, the liquid flows through tiny cracks and openings you can’t even see to create pockets of moisture in inaccessible spots like The inside of wall cavities, even if the outside of the drywall feels dry Air conditioning and heating ducts, especially units located in the floor Crawlspaces and insulation cavities in concrete slabs. It’s hard to open up every tiny space in the home just to find a spoonful of water, but that splash of moisture is enough to set off a major mold infestation. Mold spores trigger allergy and asthma attacks, on top of making the home smell stale and unpleasant. An infrared camera quickly scans through multiple layers of material to pinpoint every last splash and spill. Stopping Structural Damage The same hidden and trapped moisture that triggers mold growth can create a rot problem that threatens the entire house. Instead of feeling anxious and paranoid about the potential of your floor joists giving in and leaving you stuck in the floor, let the remediation team ensure every part of the house’s frame is properly dried out. The best teams will use both imaging technology, like an infrared camera or thermal scanner, and moisture probes that stick deep into wood studs and joists to double-check for safety. Structural damage is the most expensive type of water damage to fix. Replacing completely rotten floor joists and wall studs can require jacking up the entire roof, while water-logged foundations are even harder to excavate and replace. Investing in more expensive testing now could save you thousands of dollars over time. Getting Insurance Money Are you relying on an approved claim from your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to pay for repairs and remediation? Hiring a team to come in before restoration begins and take accurate measurements of all damaged areas allows you to file the most accurate claim possible. This increases the chances of getting the request approved quickly so restoration can begin. The claim associates at insurance companies are well acquainted with damage detection equipment, so they’ll know that a report is more trustworthy when it’s backed up with data from a thermal scanner or moisture probe. Did the insurance company insist on hiring a water damage repair company and you’re concerned that the technicians missed some moisture? Bring in your own testing team to discover the truth. You’ll need plenty of hard evidence of leftover water and the damage it caused to get the insurance company to admit a mistake and rectify it. Finding Unknown Leaks Perhaps it was a flood due to weeks of rain that damaged your home in the first place, but that doesn’t mean a second secret water leak isn’t causing further problems. The same testing you order to check for moisture after an emergency can catch all sorts of hidden leaks you’ve missed over...

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Three Ways To Ensure Your Wooden Fence Lasts As Long As Possible

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Having a wooden fence installed can be a pretty big investment, so it makes sense to ensure your fence lasts for as long as possible. With the proper care, you can extend the lifespan of your fence. Here are three ways to accomplish that goal. Keep weeds, bushes, and debris away from the fence. When you allow weeds and bushes to grow up against your fence, you trap moisture against the fence, which promotes rotting. Similarly, piled up, fallen leaves and other debris can trap moisture against your fence. Even if your fence is sealed, long-term exposure to moisture on its surface can cause mold growth. Always keep the weeds near your fence well trimmed. You may wish to apply a weed killer to the land directly under your fence on a regular basis, as this will decrease the amount of trimming and weeding you need to do. If you plant bushes along your fence line, be sure to plant them a few feet away from the base of the fence, so they don’t come into direct contact with it as they grow. Also, rake fallen leaves on a regular basis throughout the autumn, rather than waiting until the end of fall to rake once — or worse yet — letting them sit over winter when they can trap liquid from melting snow near your fence. Apply a water protector or sealant. Rain and snow can accelerate your fence’s aging process. Not only do they promote rotting, but if the wood is allowed to absorb water and then it evaporates, the contraction and relaxation of the wood fibers can lead to splitting. The easiest way to protect your fence from the elements is to apply a sealant that will cause water to bead up on the fence surface rather than being absorbed into it. You can find a fence sealer at your local home improvement store. Read the manufacturer’s instructions and follow them closely. You’ll need to sand the fence to remove splinters before sealing it and then apply one to two coats of the product. Many products need to be re-applied every few years. Keep an eye out for insects. Wood bees and carpenter ants may seem like they’re just a minor annoyance, but they can actually cause substantial damage to your fence. Wood bees, especially, can create elaborate burrows in the wood, weakening your fence beams to the point that they crack and need to be replaced. Thus, if you see signs of these insects, you should take action to get rid of them promptly. If you spot wood bees near your fence, watch the bees closely to find the hole they have built their nest inside. Then, purchase an insecticide that states it will work on wood bees. Wait until the evening when the bees are less active, put on long sleeves and pants for some protection, and spray the insecticide into the hole. Wait a few days for the bees to die, and then plug up the hole with some wood paste to prevent the bees from returning. If you see carpenter ants around your fence (these are large, black ants), you can kill them by tracing them back to their nest within the fence, and pouring boiling water into it. This should kill any...

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Waiting For The Ripe Time: How To Trim Fruit Trees Without Killing Them

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Fruit trees can be a fantastic asset to add to your property. They provide shade, beauty, and, best of all, food. They increase your home’s value, but only once they are mature and fruiting. How can you get them there? Fruit trees can be sensitive to their environment, so it’s very important to protect them and care for them properly. That means waiting for the right time to prune and trim them. Here’s what you need to know. Winter for Health, Spring for Stunting Deciding when to prune your fruit tree is the first step to success. You have a much lower chance of completely wrecking your tree when you take the pruners to it when it’s dormant. For one, you can see what you’re doing better without the foliage. Also, when you cut large sections out of a tree in full bloom, you expose the fruit and leaves to sunburn, which will seriously reduce your yield and could permanently damage the tree. Lastly, if you cut into the tree when it’s blooming, you risk sending it into shock. Yes, trees can go into shock too, and when that happens, all fruit production ceases, growth halts, and the tree becomes vulnerable to parasites, disease and inclement weather. If your goal is to stunt the growth of your tree because it seems to be getting out of hand, prune it during late spring or early summer. Be careful not to take whole branches off of the tree, prune it to shape it instead of pruning it to reduce growth. The pruning itself will help slow the growth of the tree, you don’t need to hack at it. Prune the Right Branches You can’t clip a tree willy-nilly and expect to have good results. To be effective at pruning your fruit trees, you’ll have to think like a tree. Plants and trees have a method to their madness and grow in patterns that befit the plant’s environment. Light encourages the tree to send its nutrients toward the sun, which creates upward growth toward the nearest light source. If your tree is in partial shade, it will grow lop-sided toward the light. In order to encourage even growth, you must prune the tree where it is trying to reach for the light. This will be a constant process of clipping small sections off of the branches that grow faster than the other parts of the tree, being careful to avoid clipping the wrong branches. If you take parts of the shorter branches, you risk exacerbating the accelerated growth of the longer ones. You must be diligent to avoid the need for over-pruning just to get the tree back into the shape you want it. If you let the tree get too far ahead of you, it is best to wait until winter to re-shape the tree to avoid it going into shock. Check the growth of your tree once per week to see if it is growing evenly, and if not, to catch it early enough to prune it before winter. If you’ve never grown fruit trees before, it can be easy to mess them up. In order to have the healthiest, happiest trees on the block, you have to put a little effort into them when they’re young. Before you know...

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How To Make Smart Choices When Choosing A New Furnace

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If you live in the eastern part of the country or the Midwest, then your furnace is undoubtedly the most important appliance in your home because average temperatures between 15 and 25 degrees Fahrenheit are likely during the winter months. A good furnace can keep you warm even in the most frigid weather. However, if your heater is more than 20 years old, then you may notice parts and pieces starting to break on a regular basis. It is sometimes worthwhile to invest in a furnace repair, but you may not be willing to pay $1,000 or more if your heater is going to fail soon. It is much more financially responsible to buy a new one, and the information in this article will provide you with the tips you need to make a smart heating choice. Do Not Just Look at Efficiency The efficiency of the furnace is likely one of the most important aspects you will consider when shopping for a heater. However, you may be swayed by high efficiencies without really considering the type of furnace you are looking at. The efficiency of a furnace is measured in regard to annual fuel utilization, and this percentage is the amount of fuel that is used directly to create heat. For example, a furnace that is 80% efficient will lose around 20% of its energy through a flue or chimney. In general, furnaces must meet minimal requirements. An oil furnace must be at least 78% efficient while a gas one must be 80% efficient. A typical indoor electric furnace is between 95% and 100% efficient, because these is no energy lost through a flue opening. The Costs of Heating If you look at efficiencies alone, then a furnace that is over 95% efficient may look like the best option. However, the more efficient the furnace model, the more money it will cost. In addition to the upfront costs, the energy source may be more costly as well. This is typical for electrical units that boast efficiencies close to 100%, but cost around 10 cents per kilowatt hour to run. Many electric furnaces use 18,000 watts, so you will likely spend over $14 a day, or over $420 a month, to run the furnace an average of eight hours a day. If you invest in a gas furnace that is only about 82% efficient, then you will likely pay around $14 for one million Btus of heat. Many homes use 150 million Btus a heating season at the most. If your heating season lasts five months, then you will pay about the same price for heat at $420 a month. This means that a cheaper and less efficient gas heater may be just as good, or better, than a highly efficient and expensive electric one. It may be difficult to figure out your best heating option. This is why many people will contact a furnace or HVAC specialist so a professional heating cost analysis can be completed. The professional will take the size of your house, fuel costs, furnace costs, and heat loss into consideration. If you do not feel that you need an exact analysis, you can compare furnaces with an online heating efficiency calculator instead. Consider Your Ductwork Heating efficiency in the home does not just mean picking the best furnace. It also means...

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How To Safely Remove Soldered Copper Tubing From Your Air Conditioning System

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Copper tubing is an integral part of any residential air conditioning system, and knowing how to work with it properly is a prerequisite for successful repairs. If you are planning to replace a soldered copper line, then there are several things you should know, but one of the most important is how to remove the old lines. Below is more information: A guide to removing copper tubing Both the elements of nature and accidents of men can cause damage to copper tubing. If such a break in the lines occurs, then you will need to replace the tubing; however, replacement entails removing the damaged copper tubing first, and this must be done correctly, or further damage could occur to your system. Here are some tools and materials you will need, as well as a procedure for proper removal: Tools and materials needed Heat-resistant gloves Eye protection Propane torch Thermal trap cream Adjustable pliers Nylon mallet The procedure 1. Remember that safety takes precedence – when working with a complex system such as an air conditioner, the potential for injury increases if you aren’t careful. The copper tubing normally carries refrigerant at high levels, and punctures in the line can cause a sudden release of refrigerant. Always wear eye protection in case of an unexpected release. In addition, working with intensely-hot surfaces heated with a torch can cause severe burns; wearing leather gloves or similar heat-resistant gloves will protect your hands from injury. 2. Turn off the system’s electrical supply – before performing work on your air conditioner, be sure to completely turn off the power supply. Do not merely turn off the unit inside your home at the thermostat, since your system will still retain an active electrical connection. The outside unit is attached to a switch that removes all power; depending on the make and model of your system, the switch may either be a lever or a pull-style disconnect handle. Whichever kind it is, be sure the power is completely disconnected from your system before proceeding.  3. Ensure the refrigerant is isolated inside the outside unit – before removing a copper line of any kind, it is essential that refrigerant be removed from the line. Either isolate the line by turning off valves from both sides of the line or remove the refrigerant from the system. If you are uncomfortable removing the refrigerant, contact a heating and air professional for assistance. 4. Protect the fittings from heat damage – Once you have disconnected the electricity and ensured the lines are free from refrigerant, the final step before removing the tubing itself is protecting nearby fittings from heat damage. The simplest and most reliable method is to smear a generous layer of thermal trap cream on the fittings. The cream is specially designed to absorb heat before it reaches the fittings and causes damage. Don’t be afraid to use too much cream; if you don’t use enough, you may not provide enough heat protection. 5. Heat the tubing at its joints – light your propane torch and adjust the flame control until you have a blue colored flame. Place the flame tip so that it just touches the tubing at its soldered joints and grasp the tubing with a pair of adjustable pliers. Be careful not to move...

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4 Things You Should Do When You Have A Broken Window

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A broken residential or vehicle window can prove unsightly, uncomfortable and insecure, so it’s important that you respond to this situation quickly and correctly. Here are four steps you need to embark on as soon as you see that damaged glass. 1. Clear Away the Debris Glass shattered by a hailstone or baseball may have gone flying all over the room, so approach the scene of the accident with caution. Always wear shoes and heavy gloves when cleaning up shattered vehicle or residential glass. Sweep larger shards up with a broom, then go over the surface again with a vacuum cleaner to remove invisibly tiny shards. Test a cracked pane of glass by pressing on it lightly. If it doesn’t give way easily, don’t force the issue — simply leave it in place and patch it up. 2. Patch with Care While duck tape has a magical reputation for being the perfect tape for every application, it’s not ideal for patching a window. This is especially true of vehicle windows because the adhesive can be devilishly hard to remove, and it may pull up your paint job in the process. Apply clear mailing tape for patching both residential glass and vehicle glass, applying the tape both the inside and outside surfaces of a crack. On vehicles, outline the frame with a layer of masking tape before applying the mailing tape.  If your window is completely shattered, you may need to patch a large gaping hole instead of a small gap. The most secure way to do this is by creating an entire temporary window out of clear mailing tape, applying the tape in overlapping layers until you have a tough, solid, semi-translucent barrier. If you’re in a hurry to get that hole covered, you can cut a large plastic trash bag to fit the frame and tape it along the edges for a quick fix. 3. Contact Your Insurance Company (but Not Necessarily to File a Claim) Filing a home insurance claim for your shattered glass may seem like a no-brainer. Keep in mind, however, that your premiums may go up significantly depending on what state you’re in. Texans experience no rate hike at all, while Minnesota premiums may jump by as much as 21 percent. Always ask your insurance company how a claim will affect your premium payments before you actually file. You may find that smaller claims aren’t worth the bother, especially if they pay little or nothing above your deductible.  Auto insurance coverage for a broken RV windshield or car window is subject to certain limitations. Glass breakage generally falls under comprehensive coverage, which only pays if the damage was caused by vandalism, fire/storm damage, or vehicle-animal collisions. Again, the amount you receive from your insurance company may be insignificant depending on your deductible amount. 4. Select the Right Window Glass Replacement You’ll probably find that you have a wide range of window glass replacement options to choose from. When confronted with these various alternatives, it’s all too tempting to either purchase the cheapest product available or the exact same glass you had before — but these choices aren’t necessarily the wisest ones. That’s why you have to understand and appreciate the differences between these products before you spend your money on them. If you’re replacing residential...

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A Superior Heating Source: 4 Reasons To Choose Propane

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While uncommon compared to more traditional heating options like natural gas and electricity, propane offers numerous advantages over more popular counterparts. If you’re looking into alternative heating options for your home, it’s time to give propane a chance for a number of reasons. 1. Propane is better for the environment. If you’re interested in going green, you can feel good about switching to propane heating in your home. Propane is an approved clean-burning fuel by the U.S. Department of Energy. Some states estimate that switching to propane for both homes and cars can reduce harmful emissions by as much as 70%, because burning propane does not produce high levels of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. You might think that electricity is clean, because there are no emissions when you personally turn on the heat, but 39% of all electricity in the Unites States is created from burning coal; coal releases plenty of greenhouse gases as it is processed into electricity.  Also, you can feel good about using propane as a fuel because it is a more earth-friendly option. Because propane exists in the environment as a gas, there are no toxic spills to clean up. The gas itself is harmless to animals, and it does not affect plants. Unlike natural gas, breathing in propane accidentally does not have an harmful side-effects.  2. Propane can be less expensive than electricity or gas.  Propane prices vary depending on what state and region you live in and how high electrical costs are in the are, but it can be much less expensive to use than electric heating. Generally, if propane costs are less that $3.24 a gallon, going for propane is a better deal. Usually, costs per gallon are much lower than this price. For example, using a propane water heater instead of an electric heater in your home will save you about $10 a month because of this price difference and fuel efficiency.  Also, propane heating components, like water heaters and furnaces, tend to last longer simply because, as a clean fuel, they require less maintenance. So, there is another way you can save money with propane when compared to gas or electric units.  3. Propane is an efficient heat source. Propane burns hotter than other heat sources, so it requires less to do more. For example, a propane water heater can heat water twice as quickly as water heaters using electricity. If you use a propane furnace, your furnace will put out very warm air, but will need to run less often, because the hotter air will balance with the cooler air in the home for a longer period of time.   4. Propane can be safer than other heating options. Have you ever worried about a gas leak or an electrical fire in your home? These are just the hazards that come with using these types of heating sources. However, while you could have propane leak in your home, propane requires an extremely hot source of ignition to combust, as its ignition point in air is 920 degrees Fahrenheit and it readily diffuses into the air, making it difficult to have enough concentrated gas to cause an explosion. Also, as stated above, breathing propane is not dangerous.   It should be noted that every fuel source has risks. Propane is...

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Applying Auto Sealant For Your Car’s Perfect Shine

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Auto sealant is a great way for you to extend the aesthetic life of your car. It’s also a relatively simple and painless process that can be relatively inexpensive and make your car look great. Before you run out and apply sealant to your car, there are a few things that you need to know in order to have the best results with auto sealant.   What Is Auto Sealant? Auto sealant does not refer to one specific product, but rather a series of products that you can utilize to protect your car’s finish from the elements and process of weathering. Auto sealants provide a synthetic bond that adheres itself to your car’s finish and creates a protective coating around it. Auto sealants basically fulfill the same job that car wax does, but it tends to be more effective and lasts for far longer.  Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, bird droppings, and general weathering elements can have an immense and detrimental effect on your car’s finish. Auto sealant will save you from these phenomenon and more; it can even provide relief some very direct aesthetic blemishes such as scratches. Auto sealant is an effective means of protecting your car’s finish from the elements and anything else with which it may come into contact! How Often Should I Seal My Car? There really is no answer that one can give for this question with deadly accuracy. It really depends on a variety of factors. For example, if auto sealant is the only precaution you take to protect the aesthetic integrity of your car, then you will be applying the sealant more often. If you take other preventative measures, such as parking your car in a carport or garage, you will not have to use auto sealant quite so often. The typical lifespan of auto sealant on a car that is used in normal conditions is 5 to 6 months. If you have recently had new auto paint applied or part of the body repaired, you should seal the new paint immediately after your car returns from the auto body repair shop. You should also be on the lookout for other factors that will affect the amount of time that your sealant lasts. For example, if you are driving your car more often than usual, it will be exposed to weathering elements and as such, you will have to reapply sealant more quickly than if your car was merely in storage the entire time. Another factor that you will have to look out for is the weathering elements themselves. Harsh winds and rains will quickly deplete the life of your sealant! Be on the lookout for pooling water: a sure sign that your sealant’s life has come to an end. How Do I Apply Sealant? Applying sealant is actually quite easy. The saying, “Less is more,” goes a long way here. Apply a few drops of pea-sized sealant to your working area and turn your buffer onto a low speed (usually 1 – 3). Make sure you’re working in tight, controlled areas of your car at first, and move from one corner to the other, buffing the sealant into the pain to make sure that it is adequately bonded to the paint. Make sure you go over the area at...

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Protecting Your Asphalt Driveway During The Winter Months

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If you have recently had an asphalt driveway installed on your property, then you likely want to protect your invest due to the cost of the installation.  Thankfully, most asphalt driveways last between about 12 and 35 years.  However, if you do not properly care for your driveway during the winter months, then the asphalt may not last as long as you want it to.  Click here to read or follow the tips below to make sure this is not the case. Fill Cracks Beforehand One of the most important things you can do to keep winter damage to a minimum is to repair cracks before the cold weather sets in.  Asphalt driveways are constructed with about four, five, or six inches of solid asphalt material.  This asphalt is made out of a thick and tar-like hydrocarbon mixture that is heated.  Aggregate materials like gravel, sand, and stones are then added to the hydrocarbon.  The aggregates add bulk and strength to the asphalt, while the hydrocarbon acts like a type of glue to bind the materials together. Unfortunately, ice can place a great deal of pressure on the bonded materials.  This happens when water and snow fill small cracks and openings.  The water expands as it freezes and forces some of the aggregate to break away from the tar mixture.  Also, the water can work its way all the way down to the gravel substrate that is placed underneath the asphalt.  As the water freezes, it pushes upward and creates hills and uneven areas across the driveway materials.  All of this type of damage can be prevented though, as long as you fill in visible cracks. Crack Filling Methods It may be wise to contact your asphalt contractor to properly fill in cracks that are wide or long, but you can repair smaller openings yourself.  Remove loose asphalt chunks with your hands first, and also get rid of debris by vacuuming out the opening.  Once the space is clean, go to your local home store and purchase a rubberized asphalt filler material.  A cold compound sealed in a squeeze bottle or caulk container is the easiest to use.  Squeeze the material in the crack and immediately use a squeegee or a piece of cardboard to smooth it out.  Allow the material to dry for four to eight hours and apply a second layer of filler if the material has settled. Protect the Edges Snow removal is very important to keep ice and snow from accumulating on the surface of your asphalt driveway.  The removal keeps melted snow and ice from openings you may have missed.  It is in your best interest to hire a professional snow removal expert to make sure that the top layer of asphalt is not removed from the surface of the driveway.  Even a professional plowing expert can damage the edges of your driveway though, if they are not marked properly.  The edges of your driveway are the weakest areas across the entire asphalt surface.  This is true, even though contractors will taper the edges downward so they are not easily stressed. Edging and Markers During the warm winter months, consider placing edging materials across the sides of your driveway.  Stone pavers, bricks, railroad ties, and plastic edging are all good options.  Once the cold weather approaches, place driving markers every...

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