Posted by Everett J. Prescott on Aug 23, 2019 10:48 AM

Dealing with potholes in your pavement can seem like a problematic task, but it can actually be accomplished very easily with Aquaphalt. An awesome, easy-to-use new product, it provides a new option for filling potholes that bypasses the need for hot asphalt repairs. But what is Aquaphalt, how does it work, and how will it perform over time? Here's a quick look at the product to help you get started in determining whether it's the right solution for your situation.

Repairing a parking lot with AquaphaltAquaphalt was developed to deal with a range of issues that tend to pop up during asphalt repairs. The system avoids having to heat up the asphalt to get it to the point that it can be used in the pothole or damaged area. It doesn't use any harsh solvents - or any solvents at all, actually. Low-preparation formula keeps roadways open. Laid directly from the container it ships in, it avoids the issue of needing to have a large crew or big equipment on-site during the repair process. It's pre-mixed and ready to go. It only requires a couple of tools to get it into place and set up. It can be used on either concrete or asphalt paving.

What is this wonder of pavement repair? Aquaphalt starts out as a premixed material that arrives in a bucket, ready to go. The repairs you make with the product are permanent parts of the pavement, avoiding the issue of repeated repairs to the same spot. The product uses an environmentally-friendly binding agent that is activated by water, so you simply pour the Aquaphalt material into your pavement issue, allowing it to dome over by a couple of inches, add water and then tamp the mixture into place. For particularly large or deep holes, work in 2" layers until the hole is filled. Within 15 minutes, traffic can drive on the surface, helping to compact the material even further. In one full day, the material is completely set up and a permanent part of the pavement. This binder makes Aquaphalt stronger than the surrounding material, preventing the breakdown that is commonly seen in cold-mix asphalt repair products.

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Does it work? It's rated by Consumer Reports as the best cold mix pavement repair product on the market. You have the choice of sealing it immediately with a green (non-VOC) sealant product or waiting 24 hours to add a sealant that does use VOCs.

Finished Aquaphalt Repair jobIf you're wondering how permanent the repair will be, test patches laid out by VDOT in 2008 are still in use with no further repairs needed. It's available in a range of aggregate sizes, allowing you to adjust the coarseness or fineness to the pavement already in place. It also has a good shelf life, if properly sealed in its bucket. Open containers will take on the humidity from the air and set up (harden) within a few days, but a sealed container will last a year from the manufacturing date.

By using Aquaphalt to fix potholes and make repairs to your pavement, you can quickly get your pavement back into operating condition again. But what if you need more information or aren't quite sure whether it's the right solution for your needs? The experienced professionals at Team EJP can help. Please feel free to contact us today for more details, with any questions or to place an order.


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