Even the smallest cracks in an asphalt driveway can continue to grow during the winter. A typical winter has temperature fluctuations that causes numerous freeze and thaw cycles. When the weather warms up, water from ice and snow melt seeps into the cracks, and when the freezing temperatures return, the water freezes and expands, which makes the cracks bigger. A lot of damage can happen to your asphalt driveway over the course of a single winter. So you need to fill the cracks as soon as they appear to keep the water from getting into the cracks. Here is how you can fix the cracks in an asphalt driveway during the winter using cold patching material.
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Take a sidewalk ice scrapper and chip around the edges of the cracks to remove loose pieces. This will make the edges of the cracks firm and solid.
You can let the debris drop to the bottom of the crack instead of sweeping it or blowing it out of the crack. Just make sure you have an inch or two of space between the surface of the driveway and the bottom of the crevice so you have enough room to put in the cold patching material.
Put In Cold Patching Material
If the cracks are more than an inch or more wide, you can use a shovel to put the cold patch into the crack – a garden spade shovel works best for this process.
Open the cold patch material bag and scoop out enough cold patching material to cover the first quarter part of the blade of the shovel. Drop the cold patch over the crack and use the tip of the shovel to force the material into the crack. Keep on filling the crack until you have a mound of patching material that rises about a half inch or so above the surface of the driveway.
If the crack is smaller, you should use a hand trowel to fill the crack. Place the cold patch on the trowel, and use the tip of the trowel to force the patching material into the crack.
Tap Down Cold Patch
You need to force the mound of cold patch down into the crack to get a good seal. There are two ways to do this: You can use a hand-held tamping tool to pound the cold patch into the crack, or you can use your vehicle.
If you decide to use your vehicle, you should place some plywood over the crack and then drive back and forth it. The weight of the pressure of your car driving over the plywood forces the cold patch into the crack.
If you feel you cannot perform any of these steps, contact professionals blacktop repair companies that can assist you in your asphalt repair.
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