Now that winter in the Chicago area finally appears to be over its time for the spring tradition of checking your driveway. Asphalt driveways may seem like they last forever, but nothing stands up to the force of water overtime.
Glaciers flattened the entire Midwest. Rivers carved out rock. And snow, rain and ice probably caused some cracks in your driveway this winter. Any cracks in your asphalt driveway need to be filled as soon as possible to prevent further water damage.
If filling cracks that are an inch to 3 inches look for asphalt cold patch.
Asphalt cold patch is usually sold in large 50-pound bags or huge buckets about the size of sunflower seed buckets in Major League Baseball dugouts.
Look for cold patch that:
Requires no heating or mixing
Permanently bonds to the pavement
Meets air quality standards
If you are not sure, ask the staff at your local hardware store. If it is being sold at the store for residential use then it is probably ok.
When applying the quick patch make sure that the area you are seeking to repair is clean and ready. If oil or paint is on the asphalt then the cold patch will not bond. One way to remove oil from the asphalt is to use kitty litter to draw it out then flush the area out with a hose.
Once the area is clear, square cut the hole and fill it with cold patch to a height of at least a half-inch above the surface area. Do not drive over the patch for at least 24 hours. Allow more time in cold weather.
Avoid getting cold patch on your skin or clothes. As always if you are not comfortable making a repair call a professional.
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