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Preparation of Driveway Repairs

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Before anything else, you need to first, prepare your driveway to do the repairs. This is only a matter of carefully cleaning the damaged portion and ensuring that it is free of water, vegetation, debris, dust or anything else which will keep the materials for repair from sticking to the current asphalt. This is very important for alligator asphalt. 

 Preparation of Driveway

Removing Dust and Dirt 

  1. With the use of a stiff bristled broom, sweep off the portions to be repaired. Any kind of broom will work out just fine if you do not have the stiff bristled broom in your house. As a matter of fact, you can find some cheap brooms at the nearest hardware stores or you can buy a professional grade broom and make your job much easier by sweeping everything in one area.
  2. If you use water from a pressure washer or the hose, you may want to ensure that the surface is totally dry prior to making your repairs. Always remember, the only issue with using water is, it will actually penetrate into the smallest cracks of your asphalt driveway and if you seal the cracks, there is no other way for the water or moisture to be taken out. This will create problems to your asphalt in the long run. Therefore, if you will use water, then it is highly recommended to use this kind of method on a very hot climate as well as waiting for at least a day before applying any repair material on it.
  3. Some of you may have a leaf blower or a push blower which will make the job easier. If you will use your leaf blower and cannot seem to remove dirt from the surface, use stiff bristled broom in order to loosen the dirt and other debris that stick on the surface and then, try with your leaf blower for the second time and so forth.

Removing Vegetation 

If you are on a really tight budget and you also have a triangular shaped gardening hoe, you may use a sharp angled tip to remove vegetation from the cracks that you will find mostly in wide or alligator asphalt cracks. Simply adhere the angled tip into the crack and then, pull it towards you. Repeat the procedure until you clear all the vegetation. This tool should do fine for sinkholes or potholes. Gardening hoes usually have thinner materials and may not stand up to your task. What you will want to use is the thicker steel triangular hoe which will eliminate the abuse against hard asphalt driveways. If you are the kind of person who goes all out and make the most of the money, you should buy and use the professional grade crack hoe that is basically designed with a heavy-duty material when compared to an ordinary gardening hoe. 

Asphalt Driveway Repairs 

Most of the asphalt repairs are very simple and painless however, they still do need some hard work and a little bit of elbow grease. Because of that, you may need the help of professional Hanover Sealcoating Pros, LLC. 

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