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How to Repair a Low Spot in an Asphalt Driveway?


The overall driveway paving judgment is based upon deciding between asphalt and concrete. Asphalt driveways are normally cheaper to prepare in relation to their concrete counterparts. However, they call for plenty of attention and care as they require regular sealing. The job may be taxing and require plenty of effort and time but it is manageable.

If well maintained, asphalt driveways can last for about 25-30 years. Having an asphalt driveway damaged with potholes, low spots and ruts is a popular problem that you can solve with just some effort. To tackle the problems associated with asphalt driveways, maintenance techniques are required. There being many repair materials on the market like emulsified liquids and solid cold patches, the job is simple and manageable.

Before repairing an asphalt driveway with low spots, always check the driveway for the following conditions:

  • Car tire impressions as it indicates poor construction
  • Tilting or heaving in cold weather or cracking or buckling during the spring thaw as it indicates poor drainage

However, minor cracks and crumbling driveways are easy to handle. Select the material and means of repairing depending on the driveway’s situation. Your retailer can assist you on the materials to select to fill low spots on your driveway. There are various simple ways of repairing low spots on the driveway.

You can fill low spots also known as birdbaths to make their level similar to that of the surrounding.

  • Firstly, carefully remove any loose material from low spots by use of a chisel, broom or brush. If the asphalt driveway is greasy or badly soiled, wash using cleaning agents particularly meant for driveway cleaning.
  • Then apply patching material, and ensure there is no standing water before patching the driveway. Use emulsified liquid or driveway coating to adhere together the old and new material.
  • Smoothen the driveway then compress the patch before allowing the driveway to get dry for one day then seal-coat the entire driveway.

For huge low spots or potholes, make use of cold patches as they are easy to handle. Apply the patches gradually and repeatedly tamp them to prevent air pocket formation. For successful maintenance of asphalt driveways, materials required include solid cold patches, plastic fillers and emulsified liquids. To successfully rejuvenate your driveway, all the three materials may be necessary. Ensure you have the asphalt safety checklist and material and tool checklist in mind when repairing your driveway. The material and procedure to select depends on the damage magnitude of the low spots.


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