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6 Driveway Maintenance Tips

6 Driveway Maintenance Tips

Welcome to our latest blog post! In this article, we will give you the rundown on our 10 driveway maintenance tips that we have come up with to make sure that your driveway is keeping its quality for longer.

Prevent Cracks

In terms of driveways, the prevention of cracks means that you will need to seal concrete annually in order to keep on top of it. This helps to prevent water from penetrating your driveway material, freezing and then cracking leaving your driveway damaged as a result. Another issue that can cause tree and shrub roots can cause cracks by pushing up from underneath your drive. The way you can fix this is to either remove the trees that surround your driveway or have the roots trimmed away.

It’s also very important to make sure that if any cracks do appear on your driveway that they are filled in as soon as you notice them. Ensuring your driveway is smooth and level may also help reduce tripping accidents when guests visit your home.

Minimise The Water On The Driveway

One best way to minimise the water that is on your driveway is to clear a two/three inch strip around the edges of your driveway in order to give a runoff opportunity for any snow or rain that falls. This will reduce any chance of the snow or rain penetrating the surface. Also, ensure that downspouts empty into the yard rather than onto your driveway otherwise this will damage it.

Don’t Put Salt In The Cement

Cement salt and chemical de icers can penetrate surfaces, causing cracks in your driveway. Which means that both must be repaired. Instead of salting, use a snowblower or shovel to remove snow and use alternatives like sand, coffee grounds, alfalfa meal or kitty litter to make surfaces less slippery.

Protect Edges Of The Driveway

Believe it or not, driveways definitely are not designed for heavy trucks. Edges are particularly vulnerable, chipping under excessive weight. So make certain that your car is parked away from the edges and that construction vehicles never park there during house remodeling projects. This a great driveway maintenance tip in order to make sure that your driveway remains in impeccable condition.

Plow Carefully

We know that when the adverse weather conditions strike, you need to keep moving. Using a snow shovel is a fast and efficient way to remove snow from your driveway. But be sure to raise the blade of your snow plow enough to ensure it doesn’t scrape and damage the driveway surface. If shoveling, use a plastic shovel for uneven surfaces to reduce its risk of catching on the driveway. Then, either push snow to the side and shovel that off or remove snow a few inches at a time while working your way earthward.

Clean The Driveway

Removing stains caused by motor oil, radiator fluid, and similar substances affect more than your drive’s appearance. Motor fluids can penetrate up to a quarter inch in concrete and can soften asphalt. Use non-clumping kitty litter to absorb fresh oil, followed by grease-cutting dishwashing detergent and warm water. For older stains, try scrubbing the stain repeatedly with grease-cutting, biodegradable cleaners. Be sure to use a regular scrub brush. A wire brush can damage the driveway’s surface.

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