You don't want to leave cracks in your asphalt driveway to grow and spread. If you have cracks in your asphalt driveway, you want to take care of them right away.
#1 Clean the Crack
Before you fill in a crack, you need to make sure that you have cleaned the crack out first. Pull out any weeds that are in the crack. Make sure that you pull the weed out and get out the roots as well.
To ensure that weeds don't keep trying to push through, put some weed killer in the crack as well. The roots from weeds can actually push up your cement and create more problems if the weeds continue to grow. That is why you want to remove and make sure that the weeds are really killed before filling in the crack.
Later, flush the crack to get rid of dirt and gravel. You want to have a clean work surface before you fill in the crack. You can also use a pick or screwdriver to help you remove dirt and debris from the crack. An air compressor is a great tool to use to clean out the crack.
#2 Fill in the Crack
Next, you are going to want to use cold asphalt patch to fill in the crack. As long as the crack is shallow, you can use cold asphalt patch to fill in the crack. You don't need to use hot patch filler unless the cracks are really large.
When you fill in the crack, you are going to want to put on rubber gloves and a mask before you get started. Then, use a tool to push the filler into the crack. You are going to want to make sure that you push the patch material as deep as possible into the crack. Ideally, you want the filler to go as deep as the asphalt. Once you fill in the crack, you want to use a scraper to remove any excess asphalt that exceeds the top of the height of the pavement.
#3 Pay Attention to the Weather
Before you put the patch in place, you are going to want to make sure that you pay attention to the weather. You are going to want to let the crack sit out and dry for an entire day after you fill it in. This will allow the patch material to actually settle and dry.
That means that you want to fill in the cracks in your asphalt driveway on a day when it is not supposed to rain for at least a day. You also want to be avoid patching the driveway when it is supposed to be really cold. So, stick to a dry, warm day.
If you need help with your asphalt driveway repair, don't hesitate to contact a professional service.Share