How To Repair A Pothole In An Asphalt Driveway

17 March 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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The dark finish of a blacktop driveway can be a great addition to your landscape. However, over time, asphalt can sometimes crack and break, causing potholes to develop. Rather than replace the entire asphalt driveway, you can repair it. Here are the steps needed to repair an asphalt driveway.

Gather the items necessary for the repair.

Before starting the repair of your pothole, it is best to gather the items that you will need to complete the work. Here is a list of the things required for the repair of the asphalt:

  • Asphalt ready-to-pour patch material
  • A shovel 
  • A tamping tool (optional)
  • Water (optional)

Clean the hole.

First, you should remove any big rocks and large pieces of loose asphalt from the pothole. You can do this by simply picking them out and discarding them by hand. If you prefer, you can use a water hose to spray the hole until most of the loose debris is cleared. However, you will need sufficient water force to clear the hole in this manner.

Pour your asphalt material.

For the easiest repair, the asphalt material selected should be premixed. Thus, it should be ready to use directly from the bag. You should pour enough patching material to form a one or two-inch layer in the hole. If the bag is too large or heavy to lift and pour, use a shovel to scoop the material. Once the material is applied to the hole, use a shovel or tamping tool to spread the material and to press it firmly into place.

Layer the material.

Once the first layer of asphalt repair material has been applied, pour a second layer of similar depth to the first into the hole. Again, the layer should be compacted using the tamping tool or shovel. This step should be repeated until the pothole has been filled.

Form a slight mound of material.

A final layer of material should be added to form a slight mound over the potholed area. This mound gives you the opportunity to press the material even more firmly into the hole without leaving a depressed area in the driveway. In addition, as the asphalt settles over time, it will likely provide a more even repair. For the best final compaction, you can roll the tires of your vehicle over the repair once or twice.

Let it cure.

Allow the material to cure according to the manufacturer's instructions.

If you are uncomfortable completing the repair on your own, contact a paving contractor in your area like Max Commercial Construction.