As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
If you want to keep your asphalt driveway in good shape, one of the things you'll have to do every couple of years is seal the cracks in the asphalt. Cracks allow water to infiltrate the asphalt. During the cold months, water in the cracks expands as it turns into ice and can cause a lot of damage to the asphalt. You have to seal the cracks to prevent water from leaking into the cracks and damaging your driveway. Here is how you can seal the cracks in the asphalt with a tube of cold crack sealant.
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Clean Out Cracks
You should remove any debris in the cracks that can prevent the crack sealer from bonding with the existing asphalt. If the debris isn't removed, your crack sealing job won't hold up for very long and water will seep back into the crack to cause more damage.
Take a trowel and run it along the inside of the crack. This will help to remove loosened asphalt, and open up enough space for the sealer to get inside the crack to completely fill it up.
Make sure you remove as much debris and vegetation as you can. After you've run the trowel along the crack, take a garden hose to flush out the crack or use an air compressor to blow out the crack (make sure you have safety glasses on when blowing out the crack to protect your eyes from flying debris). If you use a garden hose, you need to make sure that the inside of the crack is completely dried before applying crack sealer to the crevice.
Applying Cold Crack Sealer
Some manufacturers now produce a cold crack sealer that is easy to use for most homeowners. Go to your local hardware store and consult with the personnel to determine which product is the best to use in the geographic environment you live in.
The crack sealer typically comes in tubes. You should wear plastic gloves to prevent the sticky and hard to remove substance from getting on your hands. Cut the spout of the tube on an angle about a half an inch below the tip of the spout. Place the tube over the crack and squeeze until the sealer comes out. You should fill the entire length of the crack to get a good seal.
Wait at least 24 hours before you apply a second coat of sealant – you need allow time for the first coat to settle into the crack. You should wait another 24 hours after you've applied the second coat before you start to use your driveway again.
To learn more about asphalt maintenance, contact a company like Curtis Clean Sweep.Share
16 June 2015