Asphalt is a popular material because it is relatively inexpensive, durable, and easy to apply. However, some problems can arise with asphalt paving: namely potholes.
Potholes are formed when moisture gets under the pavement and softens it, causing the asphalt to loosen and break.
Luckily, there are a few ways to prevent potholes or lessen their impact. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can combat potholes and keep your driveway or sidewalk looking great.
- Properly repairing potholes
You should never drive over a pothole, but you will have to deal with the consequences if you do.
When repairing a pothole, avoid filling it with concrete unless necessary because it does not hold up as well as asphalt. Also, ensure the repair is properly done to last a long time.
- Pavement maintenance
Another way to combat potholes is by keeping your pavement looking presentable by paying attention to its condition.
If you notice the cracks in your pavement, fix them as soon as possible, or they might expand, allowing even more water to enter, which will only end up causing more potholes.
It is also vital to keep your sidewalks and driveways clean so that excess water does not pool down into the cracks.
If there are any stains on the pavement, such as oil spills or leaves from trees, it is best to remove them before driving over the area because they could be ice hazards.
- Looking for potholes
You can find potholes by looking for tell-tale signs. They usually appear as small cracks in the pavement, which will sometimes be filled with water or leaves.
If you think you have found a pothole, call a professional, which brings us to the last point:
- Always work with a qualified contractor
Professional contractors know how to fix potholes properly and are also knowledgeable about how they should be fixed. They will be able to develop a skilled, cost-efficient solution.
Although these are just a few ways to battle potholes, you need to know that you have options for dealing with them if they happen on your property.
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