A blacktop driveway cannot stay smooth eternally. To some extent, the forces of nature break down the asphalt surface. Potholes and cracks will appear unless your driveway is adequately maintained.
Potholes won’t fix themselves and if they get big enough, they can damage your car. It’s best to deal and solve the problem as soon as it is discovered. The reason is not only for your car but also for the appearance of the driveway itself.
Most potholes in driveways are caused by different factors, such as water trapped below the surface, the reduced elasticity and strength of the material and much more. Potholes are holes in the roadway that vary in size and shape. They are caused by the expansion and contraction of ground water after the water has entered into the ground under the pavement. As the weight of cars and trucks pass over the weak spot in the road, pieces of the roadway material weaken, which will cause the material to be displaced or broken down from the weight, creating the pothole. One of vital thing to do in term of driveway maintenance is that so be sure to improve the quality of underground drainage to avoid potholes reappearing in your driveway.
For preparation before pothole repair or before filling the pothole, it is advisable to make certain that the hole is cleared of any debris or loose stones that might prevent it from being level. For this work, a rake, a shovel, or even a small garden tool can be used if necessary. In addition to that, if the sides of the pothole are not solid, dig down with a shovel to create firm edges. This will ensure that the filler material compacts easily.
For pothole, practically any do-it-yourselfer can make this repair. Using an asphalt patch product is as simple as pouring the material out of the bag and tamping the product in the hole. Herewith the easy and simple process repairs a pothole.
How to Repair Potholes
- Clean the area to be repaired with any loose material or debris. It isn’t necessary to remove all dirt and dust from the hole, but make sure you take out any large objects and remove most of the loose material. Usually, in the pothole, water can also found. However, water is not a problem; it will be displaced by the repair material that will be filled into the hole.
- Pour the asphalt patch directly into the hole. You may also use a shovel or trowel to scoop the material out of the bag and into the hole.
- Use a tamping tool or shovel to compact the material in the hole, once you have approximately a 2-inch base. The key to a permanent repair is compaction; the better the compaction, the better the repair.
- Reapply and compact in two-inch increments until the repair area has been filled, after applying your two-inch base.
- Apply a small crown to the repair area to allow for additional compaction, once the hole has been filled and fully compacted. This will allow the product to continue to settle once opened to traffic. Check the product instructions for curing time before applying driveway sealer.