Lowe's Home Improvement

Repair a Pothole

A blacktop driveway cannot remain smooth forever. The forces of nature break down the asphalt surface. Unless your driveway is adequately maintained, potholes and cracks will appear. Practically any do-it-yourselfer can make this repair.

Repair Potholes

Using an asphalt patch product is as simple as pouring the material out of the bag and tamping the product in the hole.

Step 1
Clean the area to be repaired of any loose material or debris. It isn’t necessary to remove all dirt and dust from the hole, but make sure you take out any large objects and remove most of the loose material. Water is not a problem, it will be displaced by the repair material.

Step 2
Pour the asphalt patch directly into the hole. You may also use a shovel or trowel to scoop the material out of the bag and into the hole.

Step 3
Once you have approximately a 2 inch base, use a tamping tool or shovel to compact the material in the hole. The key to a permanent repair is compaction; the better the compaction, the better the repair.

Step 4
After applying your two inch base, reapply and compact in two inch increments until the repair area has been filled.

Step 5
Once the hole has been filled and fully compacted, apply a small crown to the repair area to allow for additional compaction. This will allow the product to continue to settle once opened to traffic. Check the product instructions for curing time before applying driveway sealer.