Nobody likes to see potholes in their parking lot. It not only looks horrible, but is a potential safety risk for customers that pass over them every single day. Thankfully, it's easy to repair these potholes on your own if the damage is only a couple inches deep or wide. All you need to do is follow these steps to repair it.
Tools & Materials
You'll need these seven items to start the repair process.
- Asphalt cold mix
- Large mixing bucket
- Mixing stick
- Leaf blower
Any items you don't already own can be purchased at a local home improvement store.
Remove The Debris
The first step is to get rid of all debris that is in the pothole. While this can be accomplished using a stiff broom, it is much easier to use your leaf blower to completely clean out the pothole of loose materials. The reason for moving debris is to give the asphalt the best chance at curing properly, since debris can weaken the curing process.
If the pothole is difficult to clean out with your leaf blower, you can also use a power washer to do it. Keep in mind that if you do use a power washer, you'll need to give the pot hole enough time to completely dry before moving forward with the repair.
Fill The Pothole
You can now start mixing your asphalt cold mix. Make sure to follow the directions for the proper mix of water and asphalt. Use a shovel to fill the hole with the mixed asphalt, with it forming a mound that's a couple inches higher than the surface. Do not scrape off excess asphalt, since you need the pothole to be overfilled for the next step.
Compress The Asphalt
Now you can use the hand tamper for compressing the excess asphalt tightly into the pothole. You will want to keep tamping down on the asphalt until it is completely level with the surface. You may need to apply more asphalt to the pothole if the material is not packed tightly enough.
Finish the job by marking the fresh asphalt with some construction cones and caution tape so that customers do not drive or walk over it.
If this repair process seems too complicated for you to do on your own, or you have some very big potholes to repair, consider hiring an asphalt paving company, like New England Paving or another location, to do it for you.