Over time, rain, snow and heat can damage your asphalt driveway. If the repairs are extensive and cover the entire driveway, you call asphalt repair contractors to do the job. If your driveway has small potholes and bird baths in different places, you can patch or repair the damages yourself. However, you may not know where to start on your DIY project. Here's one asphalt repair technique you can use when you fix minor potholes and bird baths.
Repair Minor Potholes and Bird Baths With the Throw and Roll Technique
The throw and roll technique repairs minor potholes and bird baths in asphalt pavements, such as your driveway. Potholes and bird baths develop when asphalt pavement wears away from excessive moisture or heat. The asphalt material breaks down, which exposes the inner layers of the asphalt to the elements.
If you don't repair the holes now, water and debris can build up inside them. When this happens, the potholes and bird baths grow larger and eventually spread out and cover the entire driveway. You can repair these minor damages before they become huge issues in the future with the throw and roll technique.
What Do You Need to Get Started on Your Repairs?
The throw and roll technique doesn't require you to buy large machinery or have advanced skills in asphalt repairs to perform or understand. In most cases, all you need is a shovel or rake to remove leaves, dirt and other solid debris from the holes and bird baths. If the holes contain water, use a vacuum that sucks up water to remove it.
In addition, you'll need to roll over the repaired asphalt with your car or truck's tires. The tires pack in the newly placed material so that it adheres better to the underlying pavement.
Your materials are easy to use. All you need is a bag of already-prepared cold mix asphalt material or aggregate. Cold mix materials don't need heat to prepare, which saves you time on your repairs.
Most home and garden stores sell the material in bags of all sizes. It's a good idea to ask a professional asphalt contractor for advice on how many bags you need to buy for your project.
How Do You Fix the Potholes and Bird Baths?
Now that you have your supplies and material, here's how you perform the throw and roll technique on your damaged asphalt:
- Drain or remove any water you find inside the potholes and bird baths with the vacuum.
- Use the rake to remove signs of debris. This step ensures that your cold mix adheres to the surrounding asphalt pavement better once you place it.
- Grab a handful cold mix and throw or place it inside each pothole and bird bath individually.
- Use the shovel to pack the material inside the potholes and bird baths.
- Wait until the material dries. The bag will contain instructions on how long to wait for the product to dry.
- Cover the surface of each repaired pothole and bird bath with extra cold mix to help it set even further.
Once the material dries thoroughly, drive your vehicle over the driveway several times. Check to see if the cold mix looks smooth and set. If not, drive your vehicle over the pavement several more times.The newly patched pavement shouldn't have anymore problems.
Keep Your Driveway in Good Shape
The throw and roll technique only repairs small problems in your driveway. You should always have your driveway checked by a professional asphalt contractor in the fall. The drastic weather changes in the spring, summer and winter months can damage the pavement with heat and moisture. Fall is typically dry and cool, which makes it an ideal time to make repairs on your asphalt driveway.
If you need to repair larger damages to your driveway, contact your contractor for an appointment.