As a homeowner, you may be considering installing a brand-new asphalt driveway as a dependable and affordable paving option. However, even the best-laid driveways can experience major issues over time.
In this blog post, we'll discuss seven common asphalt paving issues that can occur in new asphalt residential driveways and tips on how to address them, so your driveway will be in excellent condition for years to come.
Bleeding is caused by excess asphalt binder in the mix rising to the surface of the pavement creating slick surfaces that can damage vehicles. To address bleeding issues apply sand or other absorbent materials to the surface as needed.
How to fix
Wait for cooler weather: The bleeding may stop on its own as the weather cools down.
Debris removal: Remove any loose debris, dirt, or gravel from the surface of the driveway.
Apply sand: Sprinkle a layer of sand on the surface of the driveway to absorb the oils and prevent them from bleeding.
Wait for the sand to absorb the oils: Leave the sand in place for several days to allow it to absorb the oils.
Remove the sand: Use a broom or leaf blower to remove the sand from the surface of the driveway.
Apply a seal coat: Apply a seal coat to the surface of the driveway to prevent future bleeding and to protect the surface from damage.
Remember, prevention is key to avoiding bleeding driveways. Ensure that your driveway is properly installed and do regular maintenance.
Try to avoid parking heavy trucks or equipment on the surface for extended periods of time during the hot summer months.
Problem #6: Low spots
Low spots can form due to improper grading or compaction during the asphalt driveway installation process resulting in poor drainage and increased wear on tires. To fix low spots yourself, you’ll need some basic tools or hire a professional to help with drainage installation.
How to fix low spots in your driveway
Fixing low spots in your driveway will depend on the size and severity of the uneven surfaces. Here are some steps you can take to fix depressions in Asphalts in your driveway:
Clean the area: Before beginning any asphalt driveway repairs, make sure to clean the area of any loose gravel, dirt, or loose asphalt.
Fill the low spot: If the depression is shallow, you can fill it with a cold patch asphalt mix. Pour the mix into the depression and spread it evenly with a shovel or rake. Make sure to compact the mix with a tamper or your foot to ensure it is level with the rest of the driveway.
Add more layers: For deeper depressions, you may need to add more layers of the cold patch mix. Apply the first layer, let it dry, and then add more layers until the depression is filled.
Use a hot mix asphalt: If the depression is too large or severe for a cold patch mix, you may need to use hot asphalt. This process involves heating the asphalt and then pouring it into the depression. This should be done by a professional.
Sealcoat: Once the asphalt repairs are complete, you should apply asphalt sealer to the entire driveway to protect it from further damage.
It is important to note that repairing low spots in your driveway is a temporary solution. Over time, your driveway may develop more depressions, and it may be necessary to repave the entire driveway. contact a paving professional for more help.
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Problem #7: Oil Stains
Oil stains on your driveway can be unsightly and difficult to remove. Here are some steps you can take to clean oil stains from your driveway:
Absorb the excess oil: Use a clean cloth or paper towels to absorb as much of the excess oil as possible.
Use a degreaser: Use a commercial degreaser to clean up the stain. Follow the instructions from the degreaser's maker for how to apply it and how long to let it sit.
Scrub the area: Use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub the stained area. Scrub in a circular motion to lift the oil from the surface. You may need to apply more degreaser and scrub a few times to completely remove the stain.
Rinse the area: Use a hose or pressure washer to rinse the area thoroughly. Make sure all the degreaser and oil residue are removed.
Repeat if necessary: If the stain is still visible, repeat the process until the stain is removed.
Prevent future stains: To prevent future oil stains, consider placing a drip pan under your vehicle to catch any oil leaks. You can also sealcoat your driveway to help repel oil and other stains.
Note: Be sure to properly dispose of any oil or degreaser that you use, as they can be harmful to the environment.