How to Repair Your Asphalt Driveway
For the average Indiana homeowner, a driveway serves many purposes. It is a place to house your cars and boats. It is also an important part of your home’s curb appeal. Your driveway makes your home look polished, charming and inviting.
What happens if your asphalt driveway starts to crumble?
However, what happens if your asphalt driveway starts to crumble, and it has cracks and holes? Unfortunately, these types of holes appear for many reasons. Maybe the driveway installation was done incorrectly or maybe it is the result of ants, poor drainage or weather.
Driveway cracks and holes not only take away from your home’s curb appeal, but they can cause damage to your car and lead to unwanted car repairs. Sadly enough, they are also dangerous for anyone who walks on the driveway, especially if the cracks turn into deep potholes that can cause ankle or leg damage.
You can either fix your asphalt driveway on your own, or find a professional driveway repair company to do it for you.
What should you do about these holes? Most importantly, never ignore them because they can turn into deeper holes. This means it’ll require tearing up and replacing the whole driveway. You can either fix your asphalt driveway on your own, or find a professional driveway repair company to do it for you. But the following DIY repair method is easy for even newbies:
- Differentiate the area that needs to be patched by marking and measuring it. This makes it easier to know the amount of product to use for the driveway repair.
- Remove all loose pieces of asphalt from the area, along with any grass, weeds or dirt deposits. Keep in mind that the asphalt mix will not stick to dirt. Get the area as clean as possible by using a water hose if you cannot manually remove the dirt or pieces.
- Also make sure that the area is completely dry before plugging the hole because the asphalt mix will not stick to water either.
- Put down a driveway primer first, then put in the cold mix asphalt mixture.
- Make sure that the patched area isn’t higher than the other parts of the driveway. This means that it must be leveled off.
- Then apply a sealer to make sure that it dries properly and does not get messed up. Consider putting a board over this section of patched driveway until it is dry. This makes it possible for you to drive over this section without messing up the repair.
As you can see, this is a basic DIY driveway repair that is simple enough for even beginner DIY homeowners in Indiana. Construction rental equipment is not required. Follow these simple steps to get rid of your home’s driveway problems and restore its curb appeal.