If you constantly end up with cracks or potholes in your concrete, you need to stop filling in the damaged area and figure out what is causing the damage in the first place so you can stop the constant repair cycle.
#1 Keep Track of Repairs
First, you need to keep a repair log for your concrete. In this repair log, you want to write down when you noticed the damage and when you fixed the damage. You want to write down exactly what you did to repair the damage. For example, with a crack, did you clean it out and then fill it with cold patch material or hot patch material? Did you put in foam rods to fill in the crack or just rely on the patching material?
Next, you want to write down how long the repair lasted and if or when you noticed signs of wear showing up around the repair.
Keeping track of what repairs you have to make to your asphalt and how long the repairs last will help a concrete professional determine what is causing your concrete to get damaged so often in the first place.
#2 Note Conditions
Next, in this log, you also need to note the condition of your concrete throughout the year. Does standing water develop anywhere? Where do you get the standing water at and how long does it last?
Pay attention to how water flows. Does it look like a small river when it rains? If too much rain is going down your driveway, it can cause erosion issues.
Next, note how much traffic the driveway has to handle. Does it have to handle a lot of traffic on a daily basis? Or does it get light traffic?
All of these observations and notes will be helpful in the future.
#3 Bring in a Professional
Finally, bring in a professional. Share your observations with a professional. Let them know what you have noticed. All of these observations that you have collected, from the type of repairs you have done to the water flow and traffic flow, will help the professional determine what is causing your driveway to break down and come up with a solution.
There are a variety of solutions that a professional could come up with. A drainage system may need to be installed, or you may have trees that need to be removed. You may have a depression in your driveway that needs to be raised. A concrete professional, such as Mershon Concrete, can help fix your issues.