A Step-By-Step Guide To A Typical Pothole Repair


Potholes in the road are bad enough. Potholes in your driveway are worse. This is because potholes in your driveway can cause you to become stuck in winter. Tires can freeze in the potholes, or the ice filing the potholes gives poor traction, keeping your vehicle from leaving the driveway. When you are ready to call an asphalt repair contractor, here is what the contractor will do, step-by-step.

The Driveway Pothole Repair Estimate

Before you hire just anyone to fill potholes, be sure to get an estimate. That may sound weird, since they are just potholes, right? Well, yes and no; asphalt repair contractors have so many jobs to do that small odd jobs like yours are not usually high priority. At least getting an estimate for the work and finding out how much sooner one contractor can complete the work over another contractor is valuable information. 

Remove Any Loose Chunks

The first step in this process is to remove any loose chunks from the pothole. All loose gravel has to be removed, too. This prepares each pothole to receive its new filler material.

New Layer of Gravel and Maybe a Little Fresh Concrete

The contractor will use the current gravel in the hole, if there is any left. A little more gravel is added and evened out to make the bottom layer of the hole. Really deep holes will need more concrete to fill to a certain level.

Concrete Filler

The concrete is poured over the top of the gravel to hold the gravel in place. Then the concrete layer is smoothed by hand using a trowel. The concrete is allowed to set and dry before the bitumen layer is finally added.

Bitumen (Asphalt) Filler

Finally, the hot, tarry bitumen (i.e., asphalt) fills the pothole the rest of the way. It is tamped down to make a nice, airtight filled space. After it cools for a bit, a paver truck rolls its two big heavy rollers over the top to completely flatten the bitumen into place. Extra or loose bits of bitumen are scraped away from the pothole to give the job a clean, finished look.

Process Repeated for the Other Potholes

After one pothole is filled in, the contractor will  move on to other potholes and repeat this process. If you have no other potholes to fill, you pay the contractor. Then he/she will be on his/her way.

Contact a service, like Premier Paving & Sealcoat LLC, for more help.


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