When considering repairing a sinkhole in your asphalt paving there are a couple of options you can consider. If you are handy and confident asphalt repair can be a do-it-yourself home project. However, when it doubt an asphalt contractor can do the job quickly and professionally.
Before beginning the task of any asphalt repair yourself it is important to make sure you have all of the needed supplies. This is the list of the necessary items needed to fix the sinkhole in your driveway:
• Ventilator unless in a well ventilated area
• Stiff Bristled Broom
• Triangle Garden Hoe (if there is vegetation)
• Asphalt Patch
• Asphalt Tamper
When purchasing the asphalt patch make sure to measure the sink hole that is to be patched before going to the store so that you are guaranteed to get a sufficient amount. Read the packaging to be certain. If the packaging does not state how much the patch will cover the general rule is 10 pounds per 12″ x 12″ x 1″ hole.read her explanation for more information and updates.
To begin the asphalt repair, the first step to take is to clear away all of the debris. Use the stiff bristled broom and sweep away any extra rocks, dirt, and dust. You want the area around the sinkhole to be as clean as possible so that the patch will adhere well. Next, if there is any vegetation, use the triangle garden hoe to remove it. The hoe can be used to slice and hack out any of the more difficult plants. Once all of the debris and vegetation have been removed some like to use a hose or pressure washer to clear away any further particles but it is unnecessary if the area does not have any caked on dirt or grime. Now that everything is cleared away you can begin to repair the asphalt.
Repairing the Asphalt
To begin the asphalt repair you will firstly want to put on the gloves and ventilator. The asphalt can put off harsh fumes and it is best to be safe than sorry. Begin the asphalt repair by pouring the asphalt aggregate into the hole adding a 1″ to 2″ overfill. Do not worry if it spills over the edges of the pothole. Next, use the asphalt tamper to pound and flatten the asphalt into the sinkhole. This process with condense the patch material and will make the new surface flat. If there is not enough patch from the 1″ to 2″ of overfill it is ok to add more and repeat the tamping process. Beware of adding the extra patch either too late in the compacting process or adding too much.
If you add the patch once most of the compound has already been compacted the new patch will not compress with the other patch material and could cause premature breaking later. If you add too much patch you will end up with a hump in your driveway. If too much patch has been have added it is easy to remove using the hoe from earlier to scoop it out.recommended you read http://www.courier.co.uk/TRAFFIC-UPDATE-Road-Tunbridge-Wells-closed/story-21747888-detail/story.html for more details.
In the end if all of this sounds like too much to handle it is suggested to call an asphalt contractor. This is a tough and dirty task and if you are unsure of your abilities in the long run it is probably the best step to call a professional and make sure the job is done properly.