Cool Weather Asphalt Pothole Repair For Beginners

Posted on: 20 September 2016

If you didn't get around to fixing the potholes in your asphalt driving during the warm summer months, don't worry. You can still get the job done during the cooler fall and winter temperatures before the potholes turn into craters. Below, you will find out exactly how to patch those potholes now to protect your driveway from becoming a mess this winter.

Supply List

  • Cold asphalt patch material
  • Chisel (an old flat-head screwdriver will work)
  • Hammer
  • Shovel
  • Broom
  • Coarse gravel
  • Plywood

Watch the Weather

Look for a day in the forecast when there will be no snow or rain. Choose a day with comfortable temperatures so that you don't have to freeze your buns off while you complete this important project. If your driveway is covered with snow and ice, put this project off until the sun has a chance to melt it away to decrease the time it takes you to prepare the driveway for repairs.

Sweep the Driveway

Use a push broom to sweep away all of the debris on the driveway. This will help you to find the smaller holes to patch while you have all of the supplies at hand.

Clean the Edges

Use the chisel and hammer to clean the edges of the hole. Try to straighten the edges to create as clean of lines as possible. The straighter the edges, the easier it will be to create a nice, neat patch.

Clear the Debris

Now prepare the potholes for repair by using a shovel to dig out any loose debris inside. Leaving debris inside the hole will cause the patch to sink and leave you with another repair later.

Fill with Gravel

If the hole is more than a couple of inches deep, pour a bit of gravel into it and pack it down. This will give the patch a solid foundation and prevent it from sinking later when the ground softens after a thaw.

Pour the Patch

Pour the cold asphalt patch material into the hole little by little and spread it evenly. Pack it down as you go so that you fill all of the gaps inside to prevent it from sinking. Fill the hole until the patch heaps slightly over the top.

Press and Compact the Patch

Position the plywood over the patch and hop in your car. Drive over the patch a few times to press it into place and compact it as much as possible.

When done correctly, your pothole will only need to be patched once. If you are uncomfortable completing this project on your own or don't have the time to do it, contact your local asphalt professional for assistance and click here for more information. Don't put it off or you will have a bigger project on your hands later.