Asphalt roads carry huge loads every day in the form of vehicles. So it’s a bit surprising that they can crack and require repairs. But the constant strain does eventually wear asphalt down, and someone must take care of it. You can find guides on when you should repair asphalt roads and lots. Running frequent inspections is also a good idea. If you find some damage, you can refer to this guide on the steps for repairing small cracks in asphalt.
Identify the Damage
The first step is to assess the damage in the asphalt and identify the type of damage. This is important because repairing small cracks is very different from repairing other issues. So correctly categorizing the damage will help you determine how to fix the asphalt. For this guide to be helpful, only use it on cracks less than an inch wide (this can change depending on your filler).
Clean the Crack
Once you’re sure the crack is the proper size for maintenance, you need to clean it thoroughly. There are different ways you can do so. For instance, you can use a wire brush on a drill or a screwdriver. But your end goal is always to have smooth sides and no debris in the crack.
Wash the Area
Once you clear the crack of all the debris you can get out with the brush, you should wash it with water. This will clear out any small pieces you may miss with your first cleaning. Wait for the area to dry off completely before continuing to the next step.
Prepare the Filler
Most fillers require some preparation before you can set them into the crack. Look at the instruction for your specific filler and start preparing it. Try to do this step as the asphalt dries so that you waste as little time as possible.
Set the Filler
Once the crack dries and your filler becomes ready, you can then use the filler on the crack. Each filler has different steps to follow, so read and follow the instructions carefully. Once your filler is in the crack, let it sit and avoid messing with it during the setting process.
These are the basic steps for repairing small cracks in asphalt that you can follow for most cracks less than an inch wide.