Are you starting to notice little cracks in your sidewalk or driveway? It may not seem like a big deal, but those once tiny cracks could become huge gashes, especially if you live somewhere that reaches below freezing in the winter months. 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 small and 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 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 the life of your driveway!