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Dealing With Water Damage On Your Driveway

Aug 4, 2008
Driving down the road in your vehicle can be rudely interrupted when you hit a wide crack in the pavement or a tremendous pothole. It can actually damage the front end of your car and make for a really uncomfortable ride for you and your passengers. There is not a whole lot that you can do about the hazards that you have to endure while driving on the road, but there is something you can do about the state of your driveway at home.

Your driveway is one of the very first things that people notice when they arrive at or drive past your house. When it is filled with cracks and potholes, it can be very unattractive to look at. It is still not good to hit these cracks and potholes even if you are driving at a low speed. The damage that your car will receive due to a faulty driveway is not likely to be as bad as the effect it has on your eyes when you have to look at it everyday.

When a driveway develops a week spot because of the ground underneath or excessive water exposure, it can worsen over time. The more the crack or hole is driven over, the more it will widen and deepen. When it receives rain and snowfall, this only makes them grow even more. Rain and snowfall will get underneath the asphalt or concrete and continue to weaken the structure. When wetness in the cracks freezes it will also expand and cause more cracking.

In the warm weather it is common to find spouts of grass and other weeds coming up in the cracks. As harmless as they might appear, they can do a good amount of damage of their own because the roots will continue to grow and broaden the cracks too. You can pull them out repeatedly or spray them with weed killer, but it will not fix the cracks and holes in your driveway.

The sooner you fix a crack or hole in your driveway the more additional damage you can prevent. You can purchase crack fillers made specifically for driveway use. Make sure you follow the direction carefully so the repair will last. Poor drainage along your driveway should be repaired to make sure the water runs off properly. Avoid using too much salt in the wintertime as this contributes to deterioration too.
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