DIY Asphalt Repair: Repairing Small Potholes

Does your asphalt driveway have small cracks and potholes that are interfering with the way your driveway looks and functions? If so, you can avoid the expense of hiring a contractor by repairing this minor damage yourself. In order to complete this task, simply follow the three steps outlined below.

Supplies You Will Need

  • large bucket
  • mixing paddle
  • push broom or leaf blower
  • cold asphalt mix
  • handheld shovel
  • hand tamper

Step 1: Clean Driveway

It is essential to the strength and longevity of your repairs that all debris is removed from your driveway before applying new asphalt. Using a push broom or leaf blower, be sure to remove all dirt and debris from both in and around your potholes. In the event that you are unable to remove all debris using these methods, a pressure washer or garden hose can be used to get rid of stuck-on debris. However, when using water to clean your driveway, you will need to wait several hours before moving on to the next step so that your asphalt is able to dry completely.

Step 2: Fill Potholes

Begin by mixing your cold asphalt in a large bucket according to the instructions on the package. Once the asphalt mixture is ready, fill each pothole with asphalt until it forms a small mound that is a few inches higher than your existing driveway. Adding more asphalt later in the repair process can prevent the repair patch from adhering to your existing materials properly. Therefore, it is always best to be generous with your materials when filling each pothole.

Step 3: Compact Asphalt

Finally, you will need to use your hand tamper to compact the asphalt. This is the most important part of the repair process, since the tighter your asphalt is packed, the longer lasting your repair will ultimately be.

The use of a hand tamper can be labor intensive. Therefore, you may wish to tackle just one or two potholes at a time if your driveway has multiple potholes that must be repaired.

Once you have successfully compacted your asphalt to a point where it is level with your existing driveway materials, you will need to allow several days to pass before resuming full use of your driveway. This will ensure that your new repair patch has plenty of time to dry before it is exposed to traffic.

In Conclusion

While repairing minor damage to your asphalt is a relatively easy process, repairing more severe damage will require the use of materials and equipment that is not readily available at most hardware stores. Consequently, if your driveway has developed large potholes or other severe damage, you will need to contact a qualified contractor like Lakeridge Paving Company in order to have this damage repaired.