Winter is coming fast, which means so is the snowy weather. Unfortunately, it’s the cold weather that deteriorates the asphalt on your driveway. The build-up of snow and ice can break down the asphalt, creating potholes and cracks. One of the biggest issues is water pools in unattended cracks, so when it freezes that ice expands causing more issues. It’s easy to avoid those issues when spring comes. Here’s how you can make sure your pavement lasts throughout the winter:

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“Before the snow starts flying get the pavement professionally cleaned.”

Clear the Area: Before the snow starts flying get the pavement professionally cleaned. Two huge benefits are that any potholes and cracks in the pavement are uncovered that might have been hidden by the leaves and dirt that’s accumulated. Another benefit to cleaning is that when the snow comes, nothing will be able to freeze to the ground and be stuck to the pavement all winter long. Snowplows can accidentally hit the hidden debris, which can not only damage the pavement but the plow as well.

Fill in the Cracks: If it’s still early enough in the season, fill in any cracks and sealcoat the pavement. Proper sealcoat curing can only happen when the overnight temperature is no lower than 50 degrees. While sealcoating is more ideal you can fill in any cracks to hold the pavement over until the spring.

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“If it’s still early enough in the season, fill in any cracks and sealcoat the pavement.”

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“Unattended pooling water means that that’s going to be a pothole after the winter.”

Look After Pooling Water: Unattended pooling water means that that’s going to be a pothole after the winter. Snow will get compacted into that pool causing the pavement to start bowing causing it to sink or crack. If it’s not fixed in the summer, or early fall, it will need to be repaired in the next spring.

Don’t Slack With Shoveling: To avoid more damage to pavement it’s best to shovel or plow depending on how much pavement there is as soon as possible. Not only will the snow not get compacted in the pavement but when the snow melts in the spring, the water will be directed someplace else so the excessive amounts of water from the snow can get into the cracks of the pavement.

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“To avoid more damage to pavement it’s best to shovel or plow depending on how much pavement there is as soon as possible.”

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“As popular as it is rock salt can actually be pretty damaging to not only the pavement but the environment when it eventually gets washed away when it’s in large quantities.”

Avoid Rock Salt: As popular as it is rock salt can actually be pretty damaging to not only the pavement but the environment when it eventually gets washed away when it’s in large quantities. A good alternative would be a mixture of sand and salt or get a de-icer that more environmentally friendly.

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