When you think of spring, what comes into mind? The blossoming of beautiful flowers, the growth of plants, birds singing all day long and lots of bees buzzing around the air. Little do many homeowners know that spring weather can adversely affect their driveways.
After 6 long months of rain, cold and possibly even snow, your home’s exterior is subject to rapid increases in temperature. This causes a loss in moisture and materials can become hard and brittle. The driveway, in particular, is under pressure.
Driving and parking a heavy vehicle over the top will only add to the stress. But, fear not, it’s quite surprisingly easy to maintain your driveway in spring.
The dispersion effect
Gravel driveways are very suspect to damage over time. During the wetter and colder months, gravel can become smoother down to the erosion from the rain and grinding of your own weight and the car itself.
This can also make the foundation softer so when it comes to springtime, the gravel will dig into the foundation and move around a lot more. It’s a good idea to pour small chalk pieces underneath your gravel so the gravel can increase in size over time and the foundation becomes more rigid.
Brushing the gravel away first, pour the same colored chalk pebbles or grit, onto the bottom layer. This will cover any potholes and gravel loss. It’s a good idea to let it set for a few days before using your driveway again.
Not the end of the rain
Contrary to popular belief, spring is not a dry season. It’s actually a continuation when it comes to the rain. In springtime, sudden downpours are not uncommon and this catches many homeowners off guard.
With a few weeks of dry weather, dirt, debris and other bits and pieces can block drains. Then when your home is hit by a lot of rainfall, this can cause flooding in your pipes. If you see water seeping out through your concrete slab driveway, call an emergency plumbing service as soon as you can.
They have slab leak repair equipment that will combat the leak but otherwise, leave your driveway as it was before. They’re on call for 24-hours a day so don’t be afraid to contact them even when the day’s light is fading.
The weakest of them all?
Brick driveways pose a very big problem. Because they rely on soil foundations, weeds and other plants can grow through the gaps if the brickwork isn’t properly sealed.
The issue is, even if it was the rain will eventually erode that away. Weeds will push bricks apart and loosen your driveway which harms the integrity of the structure.
Even if you don’t see weeds popping through, pour the best weed killer you can buy, down the gaps to kill any seedlings. Go through each line of brick and stuff any gaps with filler.
The gradual change in temperature will cause some driveways to become weaker. But then you could be hit with a sudden downpour.
As you can see, you need to carry on maintaining your driveway even during springtime.