There are many aspects of a home that need to be taken care of. While we think of the things we need to take care of in the inside of our homes like our plumbing, cleaning the house, and doing laundry, there are also things on the outside that need proper maintenance. One of those things is total driveway maintenance. But who is responsible for driveway maintenance? The person who is responsible for the maintenance is the homeowner. If you share a driveway with someone, then the responsibility lies with both people. Driveways take quite a beating, as they are driven over every single day. When a driveway isn’t properly maintained, it can start to crack or split. This doesn’t look particularly attractive and can even mess with your car’s tired and make your home look less than aesthetically pleasing.
The good news is, this can all be remedied with routine maintenance. Sure its another thing that you need to keep up with, but it is better than having to repair the driveway. Before you begin, you will need the right driveway maintenance equipment; this will include a powerwasher, driveway sealing, crack filler, patching compound, scrub brush, biodegradable cleaner, dishwashing detergent, and absorbent products. It’s important to note that driveways come in different kinds of materials such as asphalt, brick, concrete, and gravel. Each of them will have their own specific maintenance, but there are two bigs ones that apply to most types of driveways.
- Cleaning: Every type of driveway is going to need to be cleaned in order to maintain its look. Depending on how permeable the material is, you will either need to use a power washer or a good ole fashion scrub brush with soap and water. The biggest things you will want to clean are oil stains. Some will be new and old, and with new ones, you can apply the absorbent product like cat litter, coffee grounds, or cornmeal to absorb the oil. Once it has been absorbed you can use soap and water, or a high grand cleaner, to remove the oil stain. With old oil stains, you will just need to scrub it every once in a while in an attempt to remove the stain. If you have gravel or brick driveways, removing grass and weeds is another thing you can do while cleaning.
- Sealing: In order to avoid the dreaded cracks that can form in driveways, you will want to use driveway sealing. Asphalt and concrete are the driveways that need to be sealed and you can find sealing at home improvement stores. Ideally, you will want to seal your driveway after it is cleaned or has had cracks repaired. This is to ensure that it stays in good condition. You don’t have to reseal a driveway that often, only every couple of years.
Other things that you might consider for driveway maintenance and repair is sweeping, filling in cracks, and fixing potholes. If you are looking to prevent cracks and other things from happening to your driveway, the prevention actions you can take are not using sharp equipment around the driveway, not using any chemicals to remove ice and ensure that the driveway doesn’t get too wet.
How Can I Clean My Driveway Without a Pressure Washer?
As a part of your driveway’s maintenance, you will want to give it a thorough washing. One of the most powerful tools you can use to give your driveway a deep cleaning is pressure washer. Many people don’t have a pressure washer, but want to be able to give their driveway a really good cleaning–so what do they do? You can still achieve a good cleaning without a pressure washer, you will just need to right tools and products. You can start by sweeping your driveway to get up the extra dirt and debris. When that is finished you can use a scrub brush, dishwashing detergent or dishwashing soap to remove any stains. If there are new stains, use kitty litter or other absorbent products to absorb the liquid before you scrub it. When you’ve scrubbed as much as you can, you can rinse your driveway off with a hose or take buckets of water and rinse the soap off.
Should I Seal My Asphalt Driveway?
Sealing driveways only really apply to asphalt and concrete driveways, but people with concrete driveways seem to do it more often. However, if you are wanting to avoid cracks and potholes in your asphalt driveway, you will want to consider sealing it. How often do you need to seal your driveway? For an asphalt driveway, a homeowner will only need to seal it every two to three years, which is great as it will give your driveway the protection that it needs. If there are already cracks and potholes on your asphalt driveway, you can still put a seal on it, it just will be a little bit harder.
If you aren’t comfortable adding sealing to a driveway that is already damaged, you can call a professional to assist you. They will have the tools and sealing needed to get the job done. Other questions that people will ask about sealing asphalt driveways are “How long before you can park on a sealed driveway?” and “How long do you have to stay off a newly sealed driveway?” It’s going to depend on what the temperature outside is like. If you are getting asphalt sealing during the summer, then you will need to wait two days before you can walk or park the car on the driveway; if you are getting asphalt sealing in the fall or winter, homeowners will need to wait 72 hours.
If you have had a leak detection that has ended up with your driveway being dug up, you can call the experts at ATX Asphalt Paving! We are able to provide professional driveway installation in Austin, TX so give us a call now at 512-646-6069!