Before winter hits this fall, you are going to want to make sure that your driveway is ready for the wet and freezing times in front of it.
Clean Your Asphalt Driveway
Start out by cleaning your asphalt driveway. It is a good idea to take out a pressure washer and wash away all of the dirt and grime that builds up on your driveway over time.
If your driveway is a little on the dirty side, spray your driveway down with some eco-friendly soap. This is a great way to get your driveway clean and in good shape. If you clean your driveway on a seasonal basis, you'll prevent stains from developing.
Identify & Take Care of Cracks
After you clean your driveway, inspect your driveway for cracks. Even hairlines cracks can be damaging to your driveway.
If you spot any cracks, you are going to want to fill them in. Failing to fill in cracks before the winter will leave you with bigger cracks to deal with in the spring when those cracks spread due to freezing water getting into the cracks and causing them to expand.
To fill in the cracks, wash out the cracks and get rid of any dirt. If there are weeds in the cracks, pull them out. If there are rocks stuck in the cracks, use a screwdriver to pry them out.
Then, put cold asphalt patch over each crack. If the crack is deep, use a putty knife to push the filler into the crack. Fill the crack up so that the crack is filled and level with the pavement. Allow the crack to dry and cure, and come back later and make sure that you filled the crack in deep enough.
Pay Attention to Puddles
As it starts to rain in the fall, pay attention to puddles. Is there an area where the rain puddles up? If you see an area where the rain always puddles up, you may need to direct the water from your downspouts elsewhere. This may also be a sign that you need to build the cement more in that area so that the water continues to flow towards whatever your drainage plan is.
Finally, if you have not sealcoated your driveway in a few years, you may want to get your driveway sealcoated before the winter. Sealcoating works best when it's not too cold outside, and when it's dry enough for the sealcoat to dry properly. Fall is your last opportunity of the year to get your driveway sealcoated, so if you think your driveway needs a little extra protection, be sure to make that happen before winter arrives and it's too cold and wet to effectively sealcoat your driveway.
If you aren't comfortable working on your asphalt driveway yourself, reach out to professional companies that offer asphalt repair services in your area.