Archive for Safety

Preparing your Pavement for Winter Weather

Do you remember the old Saint Louis adage, “If you don’t like the weather, stick around… it will be different tomorrow”? Those words couldn’t ring truer than during the winter months. As temperatures begin to drop, there is no better time than now to start preparing your pavement for the impending winter weather.

The winter months—if not properly prepared for—can wreak havoc on your pavement. Did you know that there are ways to save your pavement from Jack Frost’s bite? Here are a few trusty tips to keep in mind:

Marking Curbs for Snow Plows: Curbs can be replaced when damaged; however, the cost of these repairs can be in the thousands. Snow plow markers, which can be purchased at most local hardware stores, offer an effective, cost-efficient alternative to repairing your curb. The way they work is quite simple: place the markers at the corners of all islands, creating continuous visibility for the snow plow drivers. In fact, placement of these markers can be written into your snow removal contract.

Crack Filling: This is one of the most important actions to preserve aging asphalt surfaces. As cracks form in asphalt it allows water to penetrate the surface. Water penetration to the base and subgrade can cause extensive failure, resulting in expensive patching. During the winter months the freeze-thaw cycle accelerates the damages. A good crack maintenance program is essential to prevent these repairs. We recommend using crack fill on straight line cracks because the base is still relatively solid.

Potholes: Normal wear and tear, along with exposure to the winter elements, allows water to penetrate the base. As we mentioned earlier, when this happens the base will begin to fail, resulting in the birth of a pothole. Once the base is damaged and concentrated cracking occurs, crack filling is no longer an option. There are many options for pothole repair, please contact us for a consultation.

Stay Safe: Loose asphalt can present a slew of challenges for both pedestrians and drivers. Through regular maintenance, you can reduce the risk of falls, twisted ankles, damaged tires/suspension systems and any number of risks that come with a damaged parking lot.

If you would like to talk with us about project planning for 2013, please feel free to contact Leritz & Busy Bee via email or by phone at 314-568-9863.

Asphalt: The cure for hydrostatic water

With everyone battening down the hatches in preparation for fall weather; we thought it would be appropriate to explore one of the many effects from torrential rainfall: hydrostatic water pressure. Hydrostatic water pressure is most common in basements, but its wrath can be seen all over… including your parking lot!

One of the biggest destroyers of asphalt is moisture. When moisture accumulates below the surface it compromises the strength of the stone base and softens the underlying soils. The simplest, most efficient way to solve this problem is with the addition of under-drains – commonly referred to French drains in the industry. How does it work, you ask? Let us explain…

Once the old asphalt is removed we dig a trench, usually to a depth of 24”, and install fabric-wrapped perforated pipe. The trench is then filled with open-grated stone. This allows the ground water to find its way to the pipe and out from beneath the pavement. Finally, the asphalt surface if replaced. Depending on the location of the French drain, porous asphalt may be installed to eliminate water ponding issues as well.

French drains can—if properly installed—extend the overall lifespan of your asphalt.

If you would like to know more about French drains and how they can benefit your next paving project, please feel free to drop us a line today. Remember: for all your commercial and residential paving needs, think Lertiz & Busy Bee!

Staying cool in the summer sun

While St. Louis weather is hardly predictable, there is one thing we can always count on: summer heat. As temperatures begin to rise, we begin to scramble to find ways to keep cool. At Leritz & Busy Bee, ensuring our employees are well hydrated and healthy is of our utmost concern. So what is our secret, you ask? Let us explain…

#1 Stay Hydrated: When temperatures begin to reach triple digits, it becomes extremely imperative that you make time for not only breaks, but quick hydro sessions. Although some may prefer sports drinks such as Gatorade we suggest opting for good old fashioned H2O. The high sugar content these drinks contain can cause you to overheat within an hour. Water truly quenches your thirst and will keep your body hydrated longer.

#2 Wear light colored clothing: It is no secret: dark colors attract the heat. During the summer months, you can feel the sun’s rays radiate off the pavement. In an effort to provide a healthy counterbalance, we encourage all our employees to wear light colored clothing. We can’t eliminate the heat, but we can put measures in place to make the day a little more tolerable.

#3 Know your limits: Last, but certainly not least—know your own limits. Everyone’s body is a little different and that means different precautions may need to be taken. Don’t overexert yourself. If you experience dizziness or blurry vision it is crucial that you seek medical attention immediately.

A final note: If you’re going through a construction zone this summer, PLEASE be cautious of roadside workers!

For almost 30 years, the folks at Leritz & Busy Bee have been supplying the St. Louis area with innovative paving methods. If you have any questions regarding our asphalt solutions, please feel free to reach out. Remember: for all your commercial and residential paving needs, think Lertiz & Busy Bee!

Slips and Falls – Your Problem?

If you own a small business or commercial building, one important consideration is your liability should someone slip or fall on your property. Our Midwestern winters can add extra hazard with the accumulation of ice and snow. There are some important facts you should keep in mind when it comes to premises liability issues.

Property owners can be found responsible for injuries, property damage or even wrongful death if someone is injured on their property. However, in order to be found liable, there must be a dangerous condition which the owner either knew about or should have reasonably known about. Additionally, this condition must be one which the injured would not have been reasonably aware of.

Generally, you are not liable for injuries that occur as a result of winter weather. In many states, including Missouri, there is a “natural accumulation” rule under which a property owner has no duty to remove or warn of the dangers of natural accumulations of snow and ice. However, even in these states, there is an exception if the property owner either is or should be aware of a situation that creates a condition more dangerous than what should be reasonably anticipated. For example, if a roof drips and ice refreezes causing a black ice situation near the entrance, your business could be found liable if you were aware of the situation. Liability can also be determined if an unnatural accumulation of snow or ice is caused by the design, construction or maintenance of the building or premises.

While states may have these “natural accumulation” laws, it is important to be knowledgeable about the specific codes or ordinances your area may have. If you have questions, you can often look up your city or state ordinances online.

Portions of this article originally appeared in The politics of Shoveling, Claims Magazine.

Exploding Pavement?

Recent record-setting heat is causing serious problems in some parts of the country; recent pavement blowups in Iowa have forced the Department of Transportation to issue a warning to motorists, urging them to pay special attention to pavement surfaces when driving in temperatures above 90 ° F.

Pavement blowups occur when a wet period is followed by periods of extreme heat. Water stays in the cracks in pavement surface, then thermal expansion forces the pavement to buckle and shatter. The blowups pose a safety risk for motorists as well as costing the state additional money for repairs. The Iowa Department of Transportation estimates that pavement blowups cost the state $400,000 annually in road repair as well as an additional 2-4,000 hours of manpower making temporary repairs.

Motorists are urged to use caution and reduce speed when approaching broken pavement areas.

Summer Car Preparation: Road Trip Essentials

As part of our continuing Summer Car Preparation series, we present to you a list of road trip essentials, courtesy of our friends over at

As you prepare to hit the road, there are a few items that can make your trip more safe and comfortable.

Safety Items

  • Proof of insurance
  • Cell phone and car charger
  • Flashlight (Don’t forget extra batteries)
  • First-aid kit
  • Spare tire
  • Car jack
  • Jumper cables


  • MP3 player/CDs
  • Camera
  • Portable DVD player and your favorite movies
  • Drinks/snacks


  • Map/GPS
  • Pillow and blanket
  • Change for tolls
  • Sunglasses
  • Trash bags

Can you think of any other must-have items we have forgotten?

Summer Car Preparation: The Pressure is On

Summer is here and you’re just itchin’ to take a long road trip, but before you do, make sure your car is prepared. The last thing you want on your road trip is to be stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire. Here are some tips for ensuring your tires are prepared for that long summer vacation.

Check your tire pressure on all of your tires, including the spare. You should make sure the tires are filled to the correct tire pressure that your vehicle manufacturer suggests. You can find the recommended pressure in one of several places inside your car; try the inside of the driver’s door, the glove compartment or the owner’s manual. Be sure that you fill to the “recommended” pressure, not the “maximum” pressure.

Why is it important to check your tires before heading out? Maybe you checked them just a few weeks ago, but remember tire pressure will increase as the outside air temperature rises. Tire pressure can actually go up one pound per every 10 degrees Fahrenheit – so you can imagine the difference over only a few weeks of increasing summer temperatures.

You also want to be sure to check your tire pressure before you start driving. As you drive, you create friction between the tire and the road. The friction creates heat which can make the pressure increase; if you check your pressure after you have been driving for hours, the reading will be much higher and not an accurate portrayal of your tire pressure.

In addition to increasing the risk of a flat tire, improper tire pressure can also affect the way your car drives and brakes and put you and your family at risk for an accident. Don’t risk it, follow these tips and hit the road safely!