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Ways to Protect Your Asphalt Driveway from Oil Damage

Asphalt driveways are a popular choice for Australian homeowners because they are easy to place, maintain and remove. Plus, they are tough and can provide many years of service with proper upkeep.

If you are looking to install an asphalt driveway on your residential property, one of the things that you will need to protect it from is oil damage. If left unattended, oil leaks can seep into your driveway causing it to get stained and damaged. Fortunately, there are ways to protect your asphalt paving from damage caused by oil spills.

Check out the tips discussed below.

Sealcoat Your Asphalt Surface

The most effective way to protect your asphalt paving from the damaging effects of oil spills to sealcoat the surface. This helps to stop the oil from seeping into the asphalt, causing the pavement to deteriorate.

But how do oil spills damage asphalt driveways?

When oil leaks occur on asphalt surfaces that haven't been sealed, the oil reacts with the asphalt binder in the asphalt mixture. This causes the binder to dissolve, leading to pitting. The problem is exacerbated when it rains as the water also gets a chance to infiltrate the asphalt, further deteriorating it.

Sealcoating your driveway is a sure-fire way to ensure it remains intact when oil spills occur. However, the sealer treatment can only work effectively if it is renewed in a timely manner. Worn-out sealer won't help with preventing oil damage on your pavement.

Clean Oil Stains on Your Asphalt Surface Post-Haste

Like it or not, oil spills are bound to occur on your asphalt driveway at one point or another. How you address oil spillage problems on your driveway is what really matters.

When oil stains are spotted, they should be removed immediately. Leaving oil spills to sit on your asphalt surface for too long can allow the oil to soften the asphalt binder, exposing the asphalt to destructive elements. Plus, oil stains are a big eyesore, so it's important to remove them as soon as possible. 

You should be able to remove oil stains without much hassle. All you need to do is to apply a mixture of clean water and liquid detergent onto the affected area and scrub out the stains with a quality hard-tufted brush. Once you are done scrubbing the area, flush it thoroughly with clean water. This will help to prevent the deterioration of the asphalt pavement and the sealer. 

Need more information on how to protect your asphalt driveway from oil damage? Contact an asphalt specialist near you like those at Mr. Diggit Pty Ltd.