How to Repair a Blacktop Driveway
A blacktop driveway looks incredible when it is first completed. It is smooth, dark, and visually attractive. Over time, however, the laws of entropy catch up with a blacktop driveway. Cracks might appear. Potholes can develop. The surface can begin to fade. You might even have weeds coming up from beneath the driveway. Here's the good news. Knowing how to repair a blacktop driveway is as easy as following these simple steps.
1. Clean Out The Repair Area.
If you have a crack, then clean out any stuck debris and plant growth that may exist. Potholes will need to have all loose debris removed, including around the edges of the hole. A wire brush is a useful tool to have for removing stubborn roots and dirt.
2. Repair Cracks With a Simple Crack Filler.
Once a crack has been cleaned out, all you've got to do is fill the area with a pourable crack filler that is designed for blacktop driveways. Make sure to smooth out the material for a flush surface. If the filler soaks into the driveway during the drying process, simply fill the crack again to make it flush.
3. Potholes Require a Little More Work.
You'll want to have some quick-setting blacktop pavement on hand to fill in the pothole. Mix it up according to instructions and then pour it into the depression. Make sure the surface is flush with the driveway. Then tamp it down so the materials have compressed. Then repeat until your tamping creates a flush surface. If the pothole is more than 2 inches deep, you may need to apply a gravel base before installing the quick-setting blacktop pavement.
4. Allow a Minimum Of 24 Hours To Dry.
You may actually wish to avoid using your driveway for up to 72 hours just to make sure the repair materials have properly cured. Make sure you don't park your vehicle anywhere on the driveway as this can depress the surface and cause the repair site to no longer be flush with the blacktop surface. Knowing how to repair a blacktop driveway can save you hundreds of dollars. Follow these steps and you'll be able to get this job done over the course of an afternoon.
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