Asphalt Driveway Repairs: How To Fix Minor Cracks And Potholes

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Even the smallest cracks and potholes can interfere with the way your asphalt driveway looks and functions. Thankfully, this type of minor damage can often be repaired on a do-it-yourself basis without investing a ton of time or money in the process. In order to complete these repairs on your own driveway, simply follow the simple step by step guide below.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

There are a few supplies that you will need to get together before you can begin your repairs. These supplies include:

  • cold asphalt mix
  • mixing bucket and paddle
  • trowel
  • hand tamper
  • leaf blower or stiff bristled broom
  • caution cones (optional)

Step 2: Clean The Area

Before applying any new asphalt materials to your driveway, it is important to ensure you are working with a clean surface. This will allow your new materials to bond properly with the existing materials and ultimately ensure a long lasting repair.

The easiest way to remove dirt and other debris from in and around the small cracks and potholes in your driveway is with a leaf blower. However, this task can also be completed using a stiff bristled broom if you do not have access to a leaf blower.

Step 3: Fill Damage With Asphalt

Next, you will need to mix a batch of cold asphalt according to the packaging instructions. Be sure to mix enough asphalt to completely fill the damaged areas that you plan to repair. This is very important because mixing your asphalt in separate batches could result in different curing times that ultimately impact the strength of your repairs.

Once your asphalt is properly mixed, use a trowel to fill each crack and hole until it is overflowing. While it will look as though you have added too much asphalt, each of your repair patches should extend at least a few inches higher than your existing driveway materials at this point in the process.

Step 4: Compact Asphalt

The final step in the repair process will be to compact the asphalt into the damaged areas of your driveway using a hand tamper. The tighter you are able to pack the asphalt in there, the longer your repairs will last. This process can be physically demanding so be sure to only tackle as many repairs as your current fitness level will allow each day.

You will need to allow time for the asphalt to dry before resuming full use of your driveway. If your repairs are limited to a small area of the driveway, placing caution cones around the repairs will allow you to continue using the remainder of your driveway without fear of someone accidentally driving over your recent repairs before the asphalt can dry.

A Final Thought

Minor damage to your asphalt driveway is typically classified as any cracks or potholes that are less than a few inches in depth and width. If the damage to your driveway does not fall into this category, the repair process above will not be an effective way of repairing this damage. Instead, you will need to contact a reputable paving contractor, like Pavement Systems Inc, in your local area to have the damaged assessed and repaired.

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