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DIY Repairs: How To Fix Small Potholes In Your Asphalt

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Are you looking for an inexpensive and simple way to repair the small potholes in your asphalt driveway or patio? If so, you have come to the right place. By following the step-by-step guide below, you will be able to perform these important repairs in just 5 easy steps without the need to hire a professional contractor.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

There are a few basic supplies that you will need in order to complete these repairs. These supplies include

  • stiff bristled broom
  • cold asphalt
  • mixing container and paddle
  • small shovel (must be able to fit inside the mixing container you choose)
  • hand tamper
  • caution cones or tape

Step 2: Clean Your Asphalt

It is vital that all debris is removed from your asphalt before you begin any repairs. A failure to perform this step properly can result in your new asphalt not curing properly as it mixes with any debris that is left behind.

In order to ensure you are removing any debris from both in and around the potholes, be sure to use a stiff bristled broom to clean the area. In the event that you must use water to remove any stubborn stains, remember to let the asphalt dry completely before moving on to the next step in the repair process.

Step 3: Fill The Potholes

After mixing your cold asphalt according to the instructions included with this product, use a small shovel to fill each pothole with asphalt until it is overflowing. If you have done this step properly, each of your potholes should have a small mound of asphalt on top of the that is at least a few inches higher than the rest of your asphalt surface.

Step 4: Compress New Asphalt

Using your hand tamper, you will need to compress the new asphalt inside of each pothole. The tighter you are able to pack this material in, the longer your repair patch is going to last. Therefore, you will need to be prepared to really put all of your upper body strength into this portion of the repair process.

Once the repair patch is level with the surrounding asphalt, you will have successfully completed this step.

Step 5: Allow Asphalt To Dry

The only thing left to do is to allow your new asphalt to dry completely before you resume use of driveway or patio. In order to prevent anyone from walking or driving over the recently repaired area before it is able to dry, you will need to place caution cones or tape around each repair patch.

Just A Reminder

This repair process is designed to help you fix small potholes in your asphalt. It is not intended for use with severe damage, such as potholes that are more than a few inches wide or deep. If your asphalt has become severely damaged over the years, you will need to seek out the services of a reputable paving contractor (such as one from Interstate Paving LLC) in your area in order to have this damage repaired properly.