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Asphalt makes up many driveways and lots that see frequent vehicle traffic. That’s why they break down so quickly—they go through a lot of abuse. Even with the proper maintenance, asphalt becomes worn and sustains cracks. This is why learning the proper steps for repairing asphalt cracks can be helpful for anyone who owns something made of asphalt. Here’s a guide to doing some simple asphalt repairs.
The first step in fixing an asphalt crack is identifying which filler would be best for the job. You have many options, with some fillers being better for smaller cracks and others for larger ones. Check the size and depth of the crack. Then, look for a filler that can repair one of that size.
The next step is getting the filler and reading the instructions, as each one may use different procedures. You might need other materials to supplement the filler and give the whole repair more strength. Sand is an example of something that you may need to use.
Before you can use your filler, you should clean out any dust or debris in the crack. Use a chisel or saw to smooth out the crack and a wire brush on a drill to clean up the debris. Doing this will quicken the process immensely. Once you have a dry crack that’s smooth and clear of debris, you can start the filling process.
You’ll likely need to mix and prepare your filler, depending on the exact one you got. Follow the instructions that come with it. At the same time, prepare any crack sealing equipment you have to speed up the process.
Once you finish preparing the crack and the filler, you can start your repairs using whatever equipment might help you while following its instructions. Usually, you’ll need to pour in the filler and spread it to cover the crack and filling it in. After that, you should protect the filling as it dries and settles. Block off the area and prevent cars from driving on the fix until it’s okay to go over it.
These are the proper steps for repairing asphalt cracks that’ll help you manage your asphalt infrastructure. Following this guide should help you mend any simple asphalt crack, with or without equipment.
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