How To Repair Your Private Road's Pothole

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If your private asphalt road has developed a pothole, then it is important to fix it before the asphalt suffers additional damage from the weather. Left exposed to the elements, a small pothole in your asphalt road will lead to severe cracking and the formation of additional potholes.

Follow this simple procedure to repair the pothole in your property's road:

Chisel Out the Damaged Area of Asphalt

Using a hammer and chisel, chip out the pothole's edges to create a square-shaped void. The square shape will make it easier to fill in the pothole with asphalt repair material. Make sure that you protect your sight by wearing goggles while you are chiseling because the asphalt may fly around a bit.

Completely Clean Out the Damaged Area

To ensure that the asphalt repair material will adhere properly, remove any loose material inside of the pothole. Using a stiff broom or shop vacuum will work the best to clean the area. You can also wash off the area with your garden hose or a bucket full of water. For the best adhesion of the asphalt repair material, let the patch section dry completely before you begin the next step in the repair process.

Place Asphalt Repair Material in the Void Area

Place a generous amount of asphalt repair material into the void on the road. Pile the patch material so that it is about an inch or two above the grade of the road. Using a tamping tool, tamp down the asphalt until it is level with the road's surface. If the patched area is below grade after tamping it down, then you need to add more repair material and continue to tamp it into place.

Drive Over the Repaired Area with Your Vehicle

Finally, just as commercially applied asphalt is compacted down using a steamroller, you can accomplish this at home by using your passenger vehicle. To ensure that the asphalt patch material is as compacted as possible, you should place a thin sheet of plywood over the top of the newly patched area and drive your vehicle over it. Drive over the replaced area multiple times to make sure that the asphalt patch has completely filled the void left by the pothole damage. If after driving your vehicle over the area the area of damage has become below the grade, then add more patch material, tamp it down with the tamping tool, and then replace the plywood and drive over the area again.

For more information, contact Max Commercial Construction or a similar company.

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