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Common Asphalt Driveway Repair Questions Answered

When it comes to pouring a driveway, asphalt is one of the most commonly used substances, and this preference stems largely from its durability and low-cost. However, many new homeowners lack the knowledge and experience needed to understand how to address the problems their asphalt driveways can encounter. If this applies to you, learning the following two questions and answers will help you the next time your driveway develops a couple of common issues. 

How Do You Correct Discoloration From Stains?

There are many different fluids that can leak out of a car while it is on your driveway. Unfortunately, many of these fluids have the potential to permanently discolor your driveway. When this happens, the stains can be almost impossible to correct unless you apply another thin coating of asphalt over it. 

While you may not be able to remove these stains, there are steps you can take to mitigate the threats of stains ruining your driveway. Firstly, you should always keep the driveway seal coated to prevent the fluids from seeping into the asphalt. In addition to this step, you should also rinse the driveway off with a strong hose at least once every few weeks. This will remove any fluids before they are able to weaken the seal coat enough to stain the asphalt. 

Can Standing Pools Of Water Be Corrected?

As your driveway ages, it is not unusual for it to shift as it settles into the soil. Unfortunately, this can cause it to become uneven, which will make it easier for water to collect in puddles. As time progress, this can cause alligatoring and potholes to develop. Luckily, it is possible to stop this pooling of water before it causes this type of damage. 

In order to keep the water from collecting, you will need to smooth out the indentations that are allowing the water to collect. This can be done by using asphalt patching kits to fill in the indention without needing to completely repour the driveway. Before applying this material, make sure the driveway is completely dry or it will not bond correctly. For those that have a difficult time remembering where the puddles are forming after they dry, you can use paint to mark the spot, and once the asphalt filler is in place, the paint will no longer be visible. 

Ensuring that your driveway stays in good condition requires understanding how to correct or prevent the routine problems that it will encounter. By understanding the importance of seal coating to prevent stains and correcting pools of standing water, your driveway may be far less likely to need an expensive repair or resurfacing in the near future. 

For more information, contact a business such as Hals Construction.