As you prep the yard for fall, you may start to notice cracks throughout your driveway or sidewalk. It may not seem like a big deal, but that once tiny crack could become a huge gash after the spring thaw. During the winter, rain and snow will seep into those tiny cracks and freeze. Because water expands when frozen, you may find larger, less manageable cracks have formed in your driveway. So patch them up now, while they’re still quite simple to fix. Here’s how.
Start by getting rid of any debris in the crack, like tiny pebbles, leaves, and dirt. Just take a broom to the area, then blast the crack with a strong stream of water. If you’re feeling industrious, you can mix your own paste out of water and cement. However, we at MaidPro recommend just picking up a tube of premixed filler at the hardware store. Using a caulking gun, squirt the filler into the crack until it overflows, scraping the excess away.
Once it dries, you may find that the filler has settled slightly below the surface of your driveway. If this happens, simply continue to refill the crack until the surface is even when dry. By controlling these cracks when they’re small, you stave off costly professional repairs and add years to your driveway!