How To Fix A Pothole In Your Commercial Parking Lot


If your commercial property's parking lot has developed a pothole, then you need to repair it as soon as possible. Fixing the pothole in your parking lot will keep water from intruding under the asphalt and prevent further potholes and cracks from forming.

To fix the pothole, you need the following tools and materials:

  • eye protection
  • chisel
  • hammer
  • broom
  • tamper tool
  • asphalt repair material
  • plywood

Use this procedure to easily fix the pothole in your parking lot: 

Step 1: Clean the Pothole

Before you can patch the pothole, first you need to remove all of the broken and loose asphalt. The easiest way to do this is to use a chisel and a hammer. Chip out the perimeter of the pothole about an inch past the damaged area so that you reveal undamaged asphalt. Asphalt patch material will adhere better to undamaged asphalt and the repair will last longer by removing all of the damaged areas. Once you are done chiseling out the hole, then you should remove all of the broken asphalt using a stiff broom or your garden hose. 

Step 2: Patch the Pothole

Place asphalt repair material into the cleaned hole. The patch material should stick out of the hole a couple inches so that you can compact it down into the hole. Using the tamping tool, compact down the repair material into the hole until it is at the same level as the surrounding asphalt. If you need additional material, place it on the top and continue to tamp it down.

Step 3: Drive Over the Pothole Patch with Your Car

In order to finish compacting down the asphalt patch material, place a piece of plywood over the pothole area and drive over it with your car. Drive over the area a few times to completely compact the repair material inside of the pothole. If this action leads to a dip in the material, then you should apply more and continue the process until the area is completely flat. Skipping this step will result in a sagging area as your customers drive over the area.

Step 4: Apply an Asphalt Sealant on the Patched Area

Finally, to protect the new asphalt, apply an asphalt sealant over the area. If it has been over a year since you had the parking lot sealed, then you should have the entire area professionally sealed (by those such as Branche Industries). Asphalt that has been sealed is much longer lasting than that which has not been protected.


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