If you live in a cold weather climate, the freezing temperatures, salt, and frequent shoveling that the winter months often bring can reek havoc on your asphalt driveway. As a result, as the snow and ice begin to thaw in the warmth of spring, you may find that your driveway has developed several small potholes over the winter season. While you may think that repairing this damage will be expensive and time consuming, the truth is, this damage can often be repaired quickly without breaking the bank in the process by simply completing these repairs yourself.
Gathering Your Supplies
You will need a few basic tools and other supplies in order to complete the repair process. All of these items should be available for purchase at your local hardware or home improvement store at a very reasonable price. Taking a copy of the following supply list with you when shopping can help to ensure you do not forget any of the essentials.
- hand tamper
- leaf blower
- mixing bucket with paddle
- cold asphalt mix
If your budget won't allow you to purchase a leaf blower or hand tamper, these tools may also be available to rent through your local hardware store at a very low rate per day.
Preparing Your Driveway
In order to prepare your driveway for the repair process, you will need to ensure that all of the dirt, broken asphalt, leaves, and other debris are removed from both inside and around the potholes that you will be repairing. This process can be completed by using a leaf blower set on the most powerful setting the equipment has to offer.
If you find yourself dealing with stubborn oil stains or other substances that cannot be removed using a leaf blower, you can choose to use a garden hose or power washer to remove these stains. However, if you are forced to take this route, you will need to allow ample time for your driveway to dry completely before moving on with your repairs. This drying process can take as long as a full day depending upon the amount of direct sunlight your driveway receives.
Filling The Holes
Now that your existing driveway materials are ready to bond with new materials, you will need to tackle the task of actually filling in the potholes. Begin by mixing a large batch of cold mix asphalt according to the instructions that came along with this material.
After the asphalt is ready, use a trowel or other small shovel to pour the mixture into each pothole. Once the hole is filled to a point where it is approximately 2-3 inches taller than the rest of your driveway, you will be ready to begin the process of compressing.
Using a hand tamper apply as much pressure as possible in order to compact the asphalt into the hole. The more asphalt you are able to effectively pack into the pot hole, the stronger your repair patch will be, so be sure to give it all you got. Once this process is complete, simply allow the patch to dry for several hours before resuming the use of your driveway.
For more extensive damage, contact a repair company like Robert R. Andreas & Sons Inc.