Filling small cracks in your asphalt driveway is a relatively easy task that can be completed on a do-it-yourself basis. In order to complete this task, simply gather all of the supplies on the list below and follow this easy step by step repair guide.
Supplies You Will Need
- hand tamper
- large bucket
- mixing paddle
- broom or leaf blower
- cold asphalt mix
Step 1: Prep Driveway From Repairs
In order to prepare your driveway for the repair process, you will need to remove all dirt and debris. This can be done using either a broom or a leaf blower. Regardless of what method you choose, be sure to remove all debris from both in and around any cracks you will be repairing. This is extremely important as even a small amount of debris can impact the strength of your new repair patch.
Step 2: Mix Asphalt And Fill Cracks
In a large bucket, using a mixing paddle to combine your cold asphalt mixture and the appropriate amount of water according to the instructions located on your asphalt's packaging.
Once your asphalt is thoroughly mixed, use a trowel or other small shovel to fill each crack you will be repairing. Always overfill your cracks until they are at least a few inches taller than the rest of your driveway. This will ensure a nice smooth surface once the asphalt is compacted.
Step 3: Compact Your Asphalt
Using your hand tamper, you will need to compact the asphalt inside of each crack you are repairing until the repair patch is even with your existing driveway materials. This process will take quite a bit of upper body strength to complete properly, so don't be afraid to really give it all you got. If your upper body strength is limited, you may wish to repair just one or two small cracks at a time to allow yourself time to rest in between each repair.
Step 4: Let It Dry
The final step in the repair process is to simply allow enough time for your asphalt patch to dry completely before you resume the regular use of your driveway. In many cases, this drying process will take a few days. Placing hazard cones or another barrier around the recently repaired area will help to ensure that no one walks or drives over your repair patch before the drying process is complete.
A Final Thought
While repairing small cracks in your driveway is a very simple process, repairing larger cracks can be significantly more difficult. Consequently, if you find yourself dealing with more severe damage to your driveway, enlisting the services of a qualified contractor, like those at Central Paving & Sealcoating Inc, will always be the most beneficial repair option.