Q&As for Gasaway Company Services

Dust Control Q&As

How much does dust control cost?

Dust Control should be part of an ongoing  preventative maintenance program for everyone with an unpaved yard or roadway.The prices are based upon the the size of the job site, the condition of the surface base, and the traffic velocity. Well maintained gravel yards and lots are very economical to treat. Give us a call and we’ll give you a quote!

What is the product that you use for dust control?

We use a proprietary blend dust suppressant chemicals that allow for dust to be controlled for up to 4 months, depending upon the amount of truck/car traffic. The blend holds moisture in aggregate base and binds the fine particles to create a strong surface.

Is the calcium chloride bad for my car?

Noticeable vehicle corrosion is not likely to be associated with dust control applications of calcium chloride. First, the application rate is relatively low, so there is not much of it available to come into contact with passing vehicles. Second, the calcium chloride tends to remain in the road bed. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t control dust very well because it would disappear from the road after a short while. If you are concerned about your vehicle, a basic car wash will remove it quickly.

How long before I can drive on it?

We recommend waiting for 2-3 hours before driving on the site in order to allow the DUSTDOWN to soak into the ground.

How often do I need to reapply?

Although the length of time depends upon the amount of traffic your job site gets, you can typically expect the road to remain dust free for 3-4 months. But with continual use the base will continue to get harder, and will not need to be treated nearly as much over time.

What is dust?

Dust is any tiny particle that lies on the ground or is carried into the air. Common sources of outdoor dust are sand, stone, pollen or dirt. According to air pollution studies nearly 34% of particulate matter in the atmosphere originates from unpaved roads. (Bernard et al 1992)

What is fugitive dust?

Sounds malicious doesn’t it? “Fugitive dust” is the dust that moves beyond the property line where it was generated. Typically the source of fugitive dust is a quarry, construction site or manufacturing plant. It can also be the dust that leaves a road and ends up in someone’s house. Fugitive dust can be a problem for those with allergies, heart conditions or asthma.

What is dust control?

Dust control is a preventative maintenance program used on gravel roads, gravel parking lots, haul roads, or any unpaved surface. A dust suppressant is sprayed on the unpaved surface in either one or two coats. The dust suppressant will hold the particles together and reduce the amount of fine particulate that escapes into the air. Depending on the suppressant used, either the ground says damp or the ground gets sticky. The idea is to keep small particles on the ground where they form a hard surface.

How does dust control work?

First the unpaved road or parking lot is graded to remove any low spots, potholes or ruts. The surface is crowned or pitched so that any rain water will roll off and not settle on the surface. Then a dust suppressant is applied and allowed to settle in. A vibratory roller is often used to compact the surface also. Vehicular traffic will continue to compact the surface over time.

Who monitors airborne dust?

Primarily the EPA, but state and local agencies also have regulations that address acceptable levels of fugitive dust. Quarries, power plants, landfills, and large manufacturing plants file pm10 management plans with the EPA.

Why do gravel roads create so much dust?

Dust is created by every vehicle that passes over an unpaved surface.

The amount of dust created depends on:

  • Volume of traffic- more vehicles means more dust
  • Speed of vehicles-the faster the vehicles pass over the surface the more dust
  • Weight of vehicles-Heavier vehicles crush the stone underneath causing more dust
  • Abrasive resistance of the road surface- a rougher road surface crushes more easily
  • The amount of fines in the aggregate mix- the smaller the particles the easier it is to become airborne
  • The Climatic conditions-high heat and low humidity create more dust

Asphalt Maintenance Q&As

How much does it cost?

The prices are based upon the square footage and specifics of your job. Give us a call and we’ll give you a quote!

How long should I wait before driving on a newly paved surface?

For a newly paved roadway, asphalt can be driven on as soon as the rolling is completed. However, for parking areas we recommend waiting 12 – 24 hours for the asphalt to cool completely before driving on it.

Why should I choose asphalt paving over other methods?

Noticeable vehicle corrosion is not likely to be associated with dust control applications of calcium chloride. First, the application rate is relatively low, so there is not much of it available to come into contact with passing vehicles. Second, the calcium chloride tends to remain in the road bed. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t control dust very well because it would disappear from the road after a short while. If you are concerned about your vehicle, a basic car wash will remove it quickly.

When is the best time to perform asphalt patchwork?

Spring, Summer and Autumn are ideal for asphalt patchwork, as long as no rain is in the forecast. When the temperatures drop below 50 degrees, it is not recommended to do asphalt work.

Does Gasaway do striping?

We do!

Concrete Maintenance Q&As

What exactly is concrete?

In simplistic terms, concrete is a mixture of Portland cement, a fine aggregate (sand), a course aggregate (gravel), water and several chemical additives. When water mixes with the cement, a process known as “hydration” takes place that binds the whole mixture together.

When is the best time of year to fix concrete?

Spring and Summer are always the best, as it takes time for the concrete to cure and should be kept above the 40 deg. F temperature during the critical curing period.

Will the concrete be reinforced?

Not all concrete projects need to be reinforced, but large spans and concrete projects that will support a lot of weight (driveways, for instance) should be. Reinforcing with rebar does add to the labor time and cost, but is crucial to the longevity of some projects.

What does the term spalling mean?

In regions such as ours where we periodically have severe freeze/thaw cycles, water can get into the concrete, freezes and cause small pieces of the concrete to chip off or spall. Sealants can help protect against spalling.

How long does it take for concrete to cure?

Concrete actually gets stronger as it gets older with the curing process continuing for years. The hydration process happens rapidly at first and then slows down and so the standard has become that all concretes are rated at their 28-day strength. For practical purposes, we recommend that car traffic can generally enter onto concrete slabs after three days and truck traffic after seven days.

Bulk Water Delivery Service Q&As

How much water do I need to fill my swimming pool?

Use the pool calculator to help you estimate the number of gallons you will need to fill your pool. If you have any additional questions feel free to call us and ask!

Can’t I just use my hose to fill my pool?

Of course you can! If you are on city water you are ready to go, but if you have well water that is a different situation. Well water usually has many hard minerals in it, and takes a large quantity of pool chemicals to clear it up completely. The strain and stress that pumping such a large quantity of water puts on the well pump is also substantial, and burning a pump out is quite expensive. Also, a typical garden hose will allow you to fill at a rate of 5-6 gallons per minute. That is approximately 300-360 gallons per hour. To put it into perspective, it would take a homeowner 17-18 hours to put 6,000 of water into their pool. By using water that is trucked in, you eliminate the risk of burning out your pump, avoid costly chemicals and save precious time and energy.

How much will it cost to fill my pool?

Costs depend upon your mileage from Romeoville, and the quantity of water you need. Give us a call and we’ll give you a price quote over the phone!

How much water does your truck hold?

Our semi trucks hold 6,000 gallons water, although we do have smaller trucks available for smaller jobs. We also utilize our smaller straight trucks for jobs that are inaccessible with a semi truck.

Why does it matter how far off the road my pool is?

We cannot drive our semi trucks on typical  residential asphalt driveways. A fully loaded water truck will put ruts in the asphalt. So instead our trucks park on the road, and we pump the water into your pool using the 200′ of hose that is included with every job. If you need more hose than that it’s no problem! We can pump water up to 650 feet from the truck. There is no water job too large or too small for us – just give us a call!

When do you deliver water?

We are able to accommodate your water needs Monday – Saturday during normal business hours. We can also help after 5 pm or on Sundays, but additional fees will be added. We begin shipping water in early spring when the temperatures get above 32 degrees, and typically stop with water shipments by Thanksgiving.

What type of payment do you accept?

We will accept cash and credit cards (AMEX, Discover, VISA, M/C.) We can bill business accounts if credit has previously been established. We no longer are able to accept checks, and private pool customers will not be billed.

Where can I go if I am having a problem with my water quality?

We are not pool specialists, but we have a lot of resources on our Pinterest Boards that might be able to help. We can also steer you in the direction of a swimming pool specialist in your area – give us a call!

The Gasaway Company  |  Romeoville, Illinois  |  630.985.1600