Repair Asphalt Pavement That Contains Several Shallow Holes In Its Surface

Posted on: 3 September 2017

If several shallow holes that are a few inches wide have formed in the asphalt pavement that leads to your residence's garage, cold weather and prolonged moist conditions may have contributed to the damage. Before winter approaches, fill the holes and apply a waterproof sealant to the paved surface. As a result, you will have a smooth surface to drive on, the pavement will have an improved appearance, and the sealant will protect the pavement from damage.

You Will Need:

  • push broom
  • dustpan
  • pressure washer
  • detergent
  • water hose
  • crushed gravel
  • small shovel
  • bucket of pre-mixed patch
  • metal float
  • weighted drop cloths (waterproof)
  • waterproof pavement sealant
  • squeegee 
  • handle that extends

Use A Broom And Pressure Washer To Clean The Pavement

If dirt and oily stains are on the pavement, use a pressure washer to eliminate them. Before beginning, sweep large pieces of debris into a dustpan. Open the pressure washer's tank. Pour a small amount of detergent into the tank. Use a water hose to add water to the remainder of the tank. Turn on the machine and aim the nozzle at one corner of the pavement. Move the nozzle along the pavement until the entire driveway has been cleaned. Use a hose to spray water across the pavement so that soap suds are rinsed away. Allow time for the asphalt to dry. 

Use Crushed Gravel To Line The Bottom Of Each Hole Before Applying Patch

Use a handheld shovel to add crushed gravel to the bottom of each hole. Use your hand or the tip of the shovel to spread the gravel pieces out. After the patch is added to each hole, it will bind to the gravel pieces. Use a clean shovel to fill the holes with the pre-mixed patch. Move a metal float across the wet patch to flatten it. Patch will take a few days to harden and the amount of drying time will depend upon the weather conditions and the thickness of the patch that was added to each hole. 

Apply A Sealant To The Pavement

Remove large objects that are bordering the pavement and place them inside of your garage or on another part of your property. Use weighted drop cloths that are waterproof to protect grass that is growing near the pavement. Pour some waterproof pavement sealant onto one corner of the asphalt. Use a squeegee to spread the sealant evenly across the pavement. Pour more sealant onto the pavement as you continue moving along the length of the driveway. Wait for the sealant to dry for a few days before driving on the pavement. 

Contact a company like Azzarelli Paving & Site Development for more information and assistance. 

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