Have A Crack In Your Asphalt Driveway? Follow These Steps To Fix It

Posted on: 14 August 2020

Does your home have an asphalt driveway with cracks that have started to form? Leaving those cracks as they are will only cause them to get bigger over time. The best thing that you can do about it is seal the cracks, which will prevent water from getting inside and causing the damage to become worse over the years. Here are some tips for repairing asphalt driveway cracks. 

Remove Debris From the Crack

Start the process by removing all debris that could be in the crack. This is as simple as taking a thin object, like a flathead screwdriver, and running it through the crack so that you lift out as much debris as possible from inside. It also helps to spray the inside of the crack with weed killer, which will get deep into the crack and kill any growth that is happening inside the crack.

Rinse Out the Crack

Once the weed killer has done its job, you should use a hose with a spray attachment to wash out the crack. This will ensure that the crack is as clean as possible. If you have a power washer, you can use that as well. When finished, make sure that there is no standing water in the crack. Either let the crack naturally dry out on its own or get a leaf blower and blow all of the water out of the crack. 

Fill In the Crack

Your asphalt driveway is now ready to have the cracks filled. You can do this by heading down to your local home improvement store and buying a product specifically designed to fill those cracks. It should come premixed, and all you need to do is pour it directly into the crack. The filler material usually takes a few days to cure, so you'll want to do this when the weather's going to be nice without any rain. Avoid driving your vehicle on your asphalt driveway during this time so that the filler material cures properly. You should now give your asphalt driveway a new seal coat to prevent the crack from getting worse and to prevent more cracks from forming. 

Don't want to take on this job on your own? Reach out to a professional asphalt contractor so that they can do this repair for you. They have the skills and tools to get the job done quickly and properly.

For more information on asphalt crack sealing, contact a contractor.