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Fixing Small Cracks and Potholes in Your Asphalt Parking Lot

Small cracks and potholes in your asphalt parking lot will not only impact the way this surface looks, but they can also put your patron’s safety at risk as this damage will often increase their risk of falling. Thankfully, repairing this damage is much easier than you may think. In fact, with a few basic tools and a couple hours of hard work, you will be able to repair this damage yourself. The step-by-step instructions below can help you to accomplish this task.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

There are a few basic tools and supplies that you will need in order to complete your asphalt repairs. Taking the time to gather all of the items on the following list before beginning your repairs will help to ensure you do not experience any delays in the completion of this project.

  • hand tamper
  • large mixing bucket and paddle
  • stiff bristled broom or leaf blower
  • trowel
  • cold asphalt mix
  • caution cones or tape

Step 2: Clean Your Parking Lot

You do not want to allow any debris to mix with your repair materials before they are able to cure properly. This is extremely important as dirt and other debris can compromise the strength and longevity of your repairs. Therefore, you will need to take special care when cleaning your parking lot in order to ensure that all debris is removed before moving forward with the repair process.

When cleaning your parking lot, avoid the use of water when possible. Instead, try using a stiff bristled broom or leaf blower to remove the debris from the area you will be repairing. If you absolutely must use water in order to clean your asphalt surface, be sure to allow ample time for this surface to dry completely before moving on to the next steps.

Step 3: Fill Damage with Asphalt

Begin by mixing your cold asphalt in a large bucket according to the directions that accompanied this product. Once your asphalt mix is ready, use a trowel to scoop the asphalt into the damaged areas of your parking lot. Be sure to fill each crack and hole until it is overflowing and stands a few inches taller than the rest of your asphalt surface. This will ensure that you have plenty of materials to fill the hole completely once the asphalt is compressed.

Step 4: Compress Asphalt

Finally, you will need to use your hand tamper to compress the asphalt as tightly as possible. This process will require a great deal of upper body strength,so don’t be afraid to ask a friend or family member for help if you find that you do not have the physical strength necessary to complete this final step.

Once your repair patch is even with the rest of your asphalt surface, you will simply need to allow enough time for the asphalt to dry completely before resuming use of your parking lot. In order to ensure no one drives over this surface while it is drying, you will need to place caution cones or tape at the entrance to your parking lot until it ready to be used. For assistance, talk to a professional like Lakeridge Paving Company.

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