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Everything You Need To Know About Potholes

All about potholes

Everyone hates potholes, but not everyone knows how they are formed or what to do about them. Here we will explain the ins and outs of potholes and what you should do about them.

Potholes are started when water seeps into cracks in the asphalt paving of a road. The water then freezes, pushing on and weakening the top layer of asphalt and creating an empty space when the ice thaws. Finally, the weakened asphalt is put under stress from traffic, eventually caving in.

Ways To Repair Potholes

There are several ways to repair potholes, ranging from more temporary fixes that can be attempted after a quick trip to the hardware store to professional repairs that require heavy machinery.

  • Throw-And-Roll Method

The throw and roll method of pothole repair involves shoveling asphalt into the pothole and driving over it with a heavy vehicle. This method tends not to last and doesn't mesh well with commercial asphalt paving that is meant to make a business more attractive.

  • Semi-Permanent Pothole Repair

Remove the water and debris from the pothole, then cut away the weakened asphalt. Place the new asphalt in the pothole and apply a small vibratory plate to the surface.

  • Spray-Injection Pothole Repair

Use the spray injector to blow out the debris and water from the pothole, then spray in the asphalt mix. Cover with aggregate.

  • Full-Depth Roadway Replacement

A full-depth replacement is about as involved as it sounds. It requires the road surrounding the pothole to be redone with new or recycled asphalt. This is the smoothest, most permanent solution to a pothole.

Why You Should Trust Us With Repairing Your Potholes

Anyone can patch a pothole with a quick throw-and-roll, and maybe some people will rent a spray injector to get the job done fast, but most will be satisfied with hiring a paving company to handle things.

Just because anyone CAN fill a pothole doesn't mean it will last. Trust the professionals at East Tex Paving to handle your paving problems, from pothole repairs to sealcoating.

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