How To Keep Your Asphalt Free From Crack And Pothole Damage

Posted on: 16 October 2017

Maintaining your asphalt pavement is important to help it last as long as possible and get the most use from it before you need to resurface it. Here are some tips to help you repair your paved asphalt surface to keep it maintained.

Fill Cracks

As your asphalt ages under the exposure of the sun and weather, the surface of your asphalt will begin to dry out and crack. As these cracks form, debris can collect within them allowing vegetation to grow, and moisture falls into them to freeze in winter, both causing your cracks to become larger. For this reason, it is important to repair cracks before they widen further and cause excessive damage that will harm a larger surface area of your asphalt

Clean out the cracks by digging out and removing vegetation growth. You can use the pointed end of a screwdriver or a propane torch to burn the vegetation away. Then, sweep or rinse with a pressure washer dirt and debris from the cracks. You will next need to fill the cracks with the appropriate type of asphalt patch repair material.

For cracks of a thin width, you can use a liquid asphalt filler to fill and repair them. This type of filler is liquid so it is self leveling with the help of gravity. For larger cracks you should use a cold patch repair filler, which you can press into the crack with a shovel or trowel. Be sure to fill the crack in layers, being sure to compact the filler into the crack to prevent any pockets of air from being trapped in the filler.

Repair Potholes

Potholes in your asphalt should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent them from growing and causing cracks to form in the surrounding asphalt. Eventually a pothole can grow to cover a large area as the edges of the hole grow from vehicle traffic and weather wear.

First you will need to remove any debris and loose chunks of asphalt from the bottom of the pothole. It is helpful to use a circular saw and a masonry blade to cut the edges of the pothole evenly and remove raged chunks around the hole. Then, fill the hole with a cold patch aggregate filler, which you can buy in bags from a home improvement store. Fill the pothole in layers and compact each layer down into the hole with a hand tamp before adding more cold patch filler in another layer. Continue the layering and compacting until you fill the pothole slightly over, then compress one last time with a hand tamp.

After you have repaired your cracks and potholes, you should apply a protective sealcoating layer over your asphalt to restore its moisture and flexibility. Contact a company, like J R Paving Co, for more help.

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