July Home Maintenance To-Do List
By: Danny Lipford
To-Do #2: Inspect and Repair Driveway
It’s important to repair any cracks or holes in your driveway to keep rainwater from filtering through and undermining the concrete or asphalt.
Start by inspecting your driveway and repair any cracks using the proper sealant or caulk.
Holes in a concrete driveway should be cleaned out and filled with new concrete. Smooth the concrete flush with the surface of the driveway, and allow it to harden completely before using.
You can also give new life to a concrete driveway by applying a thin layer of concrete on top of the existing driveway. Watch our video on resurfacing a concrete driveway to find out more.
To patch a hole in an asphalt driveway:
- Remove any loose asphalt and dig out the damaged area.
- For repairs on the edge of a driveway, position a board even with the edge and flush with the top of the driveway to hold the asphalt patch material while it hardens.
- Pour crushed limestone in the bottom of the hole to act as a base, and tamp it down.
- Fill the hole with asphalt repair material, and tamp it down.
- Cover the asphalt patch with plywood, and drive over it to compact the patch further.
Watch our video on Patching a Hole in an Asphalt Driveway to find out more.
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