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How to Repair a Heaved Pavement Driveway

By Chris Brake ; Updated September 21, 2017

A cracked driveway is both unsightly and hazardous, the ground underneath causing the asphalt to crack. This natural wear and tear during its existence is called heaving and is quite easy to fix. With the following easy steps, you won't have to worry about breaking your mother's back on all those awful looking cracks!

How To Repair Cracks In Heaved Pavement

Break away loose pavement chunks from inside the crack with a screwdriver or chisel.

Clean out the crack with a brush or broom.

Hose off the crack with water, making sure that it is absolutely clear of dust and rocks. This will allow the crack filler to attach itself to the pavement and not to loose rocks.

Apply crack filler and let it dry.


Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver or Chisel
  • Brush or Broom
  • Garden Hose
  • Crack Filler


  • Only apply crack filler in temperatures of fifty degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
  • Do not apply crack filler on a rainy day.


  • Avoid unnecessary skin contact with crack filler.


About the Author


Chris Brake has been a freelance writer since 1999. He has attained numerous graduate and undergraduate study courses involving language and the written word as a vehicle of expression. He co-wrote the feature film, "Imaginary You."