Potholes are natural occurrences that develop on concrete or asphalt, especially in areas with heavy traffic, like driveways. It's necessary to get them repaired at the earliest chance as they can have a damaging affect on your car when continuously driven over, not to mention that they will continue to erode and become bigger and bigger. Contrary to popular belief, pothole repair services don't need to be completed by a paving company or driveway paving company. They are relatively simple tasks that you can do yourself providing you have a few tools and materials. Here are the steps to completing the job.
Clean and repair the surrounding area
Before you get started, it's a good idea to clean the area surrounding the pothole with a broom and remove any weeds, dirt or rocks. You'll also want to repair any cracks with some crack filler just to ensure that the surrounding area is strong and will not cause any further issues. Crack filler typically comes in a tube and is easy to use. Simply fill in any cracks with the filler and smooth out using a putty knife or trowel. When the crack filler has cured according to the manufacturer's instructions you can continue on to the next step.
Repair the pothole
To repair your pothole, you'll need enough asphalt to complete the job, as well as a tamper, which is used for applying pressure on the asphalt, allowing it to be packed and condensed. Additionally, you'll need to have some asphalt sealant, which will be used at the end of the job to provide extra durability.
Begin by pouring in the asphalt to your pothole, filling it halfway. Use your tamper to press down on the asphalt repeatedly to ensure that the asphalt is packed and durable. Continue with this motion until the entire pothole is filled and packed. When you reach the top of the hole, fill it with a little extra, and spread the asphalt out past the edges of the hole so that it blends in with the existing driveway surface. Tamper the asphalt one last time.
Seal the pothole
The final stage in this job is to seal the area in order to prevent any future damages from occurring. To do this you'll need to pour your sealant over the surface of the pothole and onto the surrounding areas of your driveway. If your pothole is small, then you won't need much sealant. After you pour it, use a squeegee to smooth the surface out and leave it to rest as per the manufacturer's instructions. When the sealant is dry, your job is complete.
If the process of filling in a pothole sounds to demanding or time consuming, consider hiring a company like Max Commercial Construction to perform the repair for you.