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Eco-Friendly Road Paving Methods That Don't Waste Energy

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Fixing potholes is often a wasteful exercise. This is because you often end up repaving over old asphalt wastefully both in short term and long term fixes. Instead, here are a few more eco-friendly technologies that can help you be greener and more efficient with your paving repair.

Infrared Repair

Instead of doing a completely new pave over old pavement that's damaged and likely wasting material and energy in the process, this approach uses an infrared heater only. The way this works is that the heater is dropped onto old and cracked asphalt.

The heater warms up the old asphalt and makes it possible to mold it again. It can then be repaved and resealed during repairs with much less extra material.

One area called Mahoning County in Ohio has already used as much as $200,000 of asphalt to repair roads damaged by the winter this year using traditional methods. Some people claim that amounts such as this one could be cut in half by reducing the need for labor and materials. It also has the advantage of not creating any seams which is what happens with traditional methods.

These seams allow water and ice to get in and break the asphalt up again, which would be avoided with the infrared method.

This would also be more eco-friendly since less damage would be done to the environment in terms of released carbon into the air from creating new asphalt and heating it up. The infrared approach can only be done for repairs up to 2 inches, however.

Non-Newtonian Fluids

Long term fixes for potholes aren't the only problem to look at when damage happens, however. After all, conditions don't always allow for an immediate long-term fix for the hole. And in the meantime, there's a dangerous gap there that could cause accidents.

The traditional solution for short-term pothole repair is to just pour hot asphalt into it. The problem is that this is wasteful of materials and manpower since it will likely have to be completely repaved at a later date anyway.

It's also not that short-term since it would still take some effort to get the crews out there. One recent potential solution uses something called non-Newtonian fluids. This is basically a powder and water mix that acts exactly like a solid when a car drives over it.

So, you could simply dump a bag full of the solution into the hole and it would be just like driving over solid asphalt. The bags can last up to a few weeks at a time, and they prevent you from wasting materials on something that is only going to be a temporary fix for pot holes anyway.

This is far better for the environment since the fluid is bio-degradable and non-toxic. To learn more, contact a business like A-1 Services.