If you have an asphalt driveway, you might get some cracks in it over time. While asphalt is a long-lasting material for a driveway, it does tend to get cracks as the years go by when heavy vehicles are driving over it. Luckily, this doesn't mean you have to replace the entire driveway just so it looks nice. You just need to clean the driveway and fill the cracks. Here are some steps involved in the process.
Clean the Cracks First
The very first thing you should do when you are going to repair cracks in your driveway is to clean them out. No matter their size, some type of dirt or debris is going to get stuck in them. You shouldn't attempt to fill and seal the cracks until they have been cleaned out. If they are large enough, you can use your fingers to remove debris like twigs and leaves, or you can get a dry brush to brush out the dirt and other debris. If the cracks are very narrow, this might not be an option, but a pressure washer works great at forcing out the debris.
Wash the Entire Driveway
Once the cracks have been cleaned out, you can then take your pressure washer or hose and wash the driveway. This not only washes away the debris you removed from the cracks, but gives the entire driveway a nice sheen. However, be careful about using too much pressure when washing your driveway. A garden hose with a low pressure nozzle is typically enough to get it clean. Regular soap can be used to remove grease stains and other buildup on the driveway.
Repair the Cracks
Wait until the driveway is completely dry after washing it, then begin repairing your cracks. There is asphalt filler that works great for filling the cracks. However, you want clean edges, so if your crack is jagged, you may need to use a scraping tool around the edges of the crack to get them smooth. Once this is done, mix your asphalt filling material, then fill the cracks to the top. Smooth out the top, and wait for the filler to try. Once it is dry, you can then seal the tops of all the cracks you repaired. A squeegee works great when applying and smoothing out sealant. This will help to prevent cracks from forming on your asphalt driveway, hopefully helping to keep it looking nice for a long time.
For more help, contact an asphalt patching service.