How To Fix A Pothole In Your Asphalt Driveway

Your asphalt driveway takes a lot of abuse from rain, snow, and frigid temperatures.  Over time, it can develop cracks, bumps, ridges and holes.  If there is a large pothole in your driveway, it's important to repair it right away before water seeps in and the structural integrity of the driveway becomes compromised.  Here's how to repair a large pothole in your asphalt driveway quickly and easily.

Materials Needed

Cold asphalt repair compound

Steel tamper

Utility knife

Plywood

Crushed gravel or limestone (optional).

Repair Process                                                                                                                      

The first thing to do is to get the hole as clean as possible.  This helps the asphalt mix stick to the surface of the hole and ensures a long lasting repair.  Use your utility knife to scrape out any loose pieces.  Then, use a shop vacuum to clean any leftover dirt and debris.  Follow this up by washing the hole with a pressure washer, or a garden hose with a sprayer. 

Before handling the asphalt compound, put on a set of disposable gloves to prevent staining your hands.  Once the hole is dry, pour the asphalt mix into the hole until is slightly above the pavement.  Use your steel tamper on the patch to compact the mix.  If your hole is more than a couple of inches deep, you need to bring up the base foundation before adding the asphalt mix.  You can put a layer of crushed gravel or limestone in the hole and then tamp it down.  Follow up with the asphalt mix and tamp that as well.  This will make for a durable patch which won't break or crack.  Let the compound cure according to the directions on the repair mix.  

To quicken the compaction process, place a piece of plywood over the affected area.  Then, drive your car back and forth over the plywood a few times to aid the material in compacting.  Don't let the car remain stationary on top of the hole, as this is too much pressure on a new patch, and the patch might break.

Don't seal the patch right away.  Wait a few days till the patch has fully hardened. 

Some additional tips

Conduct the repair during moderate temperatures and make sure that there is no rain in the forecast for 24 hours to allow for the mixture to properly cure.

Don't hurt your back by lifting the heavy asphalt bag.  Use a shovel to pour the asphalt into the hole.

Don't ignore large potholes in your asphalt driveway.  Follow the steps above to fix the potholes and maintain the pristine look of your driveway. You may want to hire a professional like Curtis Paving to take care of this repair for you.

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