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Repairing Cracks in an Asphalt Driveway
By: Danny Lipford
Cracks in an asphalt driveway need to be repaired to prevent rainwater from seeping through and causing further damage. To seal cracks and repair an asphalt driveway:
- Kill and remove any weeds.
- Use a screwdriver to groove out the crack.
- Blow or sweep out any loose debris.
- Fill the crack with one or more coats of asphalt crack filler.
- Use asphalt patch material to fill larger holes.
- Apply asphalt sealer to the entire driveway.
Watch this video to find out more.
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Danny Lipford: Jeremy asks, “What can I do to seal the cracks in my asphalt driveway?”
The first step in repairing those cracks is to remove any debris or vegetation that you may have already in the crack. Get that out of the way, take a screwdriver and groove out the crack a little bit, and then blast that debris away using a leaf blower. It works great.
Then break out a good quality crack filler, and fill in every crack you can find, and you may have to put a couple coats on in order to completely surface all of the cracks out. Now, with the larger potholes you’ll want to dig it out and put some crushed gravel in, pack it out real well, then use the asphalt patch to surface out and get it nice and even with the top surface of your asphalt driveway.
Then, for the icing on the cake, after everything’s dried, put on a complete coat of asphalt sealer, two coats if you want it to last a long time.
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