Essential Concrete Driveway Maintenance Tips
Patch or fill the cracks
When winter comes, cracks in concrete can turn into large holes with chunks of the material falling off. Fill these fractures and make sure to use a mix that doesn’t shrink during cold weather so as not to exacerbate any damage done by water from rain or snowmelt.
To keep your driveway clean and maintain the life of its surface, you should sweep it before power washing. After that apply a mending substance to prevent cracks in the concrete from developing and let it dry completely for up to three days before applying the sealant on top as instructed by manufacturer instructions.
Cracks in the concrete expansion joints can be hazardous if not sealed because they allow water to leak inside. Do make sure that you completely clean up the joint before applying silicone caulk for your bricks and blocks of cement will stay rainproofed.
Preventing issues or cracks
Preventing water penetration and cracking in driveways requires periodic sealing. The tree roots can generate cracks in asphalt if they are not clipped away periodically, so trees near a driveway should be removed or have their root system managed to avoid nearby damage.
Keep it Clean
When you are out to dinner, do not forget to wear your thinking cap and take off the food before it gets into the carpet. If this is a task that often slips through our noses, then we should be mindful about what oils can penetrate concrete as well when they have soaked up 14 inches deep? Remove the stain by first dusting sawdust or cat litter on it if the liquid is still on the surface of the concrete. Allow for a day to let sit and soak up any remaining oil before using a power washer with specialist grease-cutting, biodegradable detergents in order to remove discolored spots from the surface.
Keep the edges safe
Heavy vehicles are not meant for driveways, believe it or not. Edges can be chipped when subjected to an extreme force which is why make sure your automobile is parked away from the margins of the property and that construction vehicles do not park there during house remodeling tasks.
Keep spills off the surface
Do not spill any oil on your driveway, especially when changing the car’s oil. The spilled and dripped oils might leave stains that are difficult to remove or clean up unless you use an absorbent solution like kitty litter, sawdust, or even cornmeal. Use an available soap or the appropriate professional cleaner to scrub away any remaining stains after a spill, then allow time for drying.