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Driveway damage

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by skidmark845, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. skidmark845

    skidmark845 Member
    from ny
    Messages: 38

    Does plowing a driveway harmful to driveway? I have a paved driveway and most of it is flat however there I have a section that is "wavey". Its lower where the wheels drive over and high between the where the wheels drive. Nothing drastic. Thanks for any and all input.
     
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,556

    Sounds like the bed for your drive was not prepared properly.
    Did they use limestone and a mat?

    Everything is hard on it from sunshine to driving on it and plowing, salt too.
    Keeping it sealed will help but not stop any damage.
     
  3. skidmark845

    skidmark845 Member
    from ny
    Messages: 38

    I don't know how they prepared the bed. I bought the house 5 years ago and the house is 30 years old. It's only like a 15 year section that is like this, the driveway is 100 yeads long.
     
  4. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,556

    It sounds like it is in good shape for being 15 or more years old?
     
  5. RipT

    RipT Senior Member
    Messages: 184

    While there are various possible causes for the "rutting" you are describing, snow plowing is probably the most unlikey, IMO. Unless it is being plowed with a fully loaded 10 wheel dump truck that is.
     
  6. MarksTLC

    MarksTLC Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    I suspect the plow will (ride) on the hump in the middle and leave a fraction of an inch in the (ruts). Harmful? I guess the cutting edge will likely begin cutting into the center hump. How much depends on how often it is plowed.

    Just my $.02
     
  7. bandacon

    bandacon Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    The rutting is caused by the weight of the vehicles traveling on it. Possible reasons are, base not properly compacted or base (depth or aggregate size or both) are not suitable for the weight of the vehicles traveling on it. If it is just a small section of the drive, could be water deteriorating the base. Anywhoo, the plow will scrape into the humped up area.
     
  8. streetsurfin'

    streetsurfin' Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    My drive is crowned as you describe and has shown no wear to the high middle from plowing. There was some minor thinning of the sealcoating on the crown after the second/third year. With annual sealing, which most folks do, you shouldn't have any worries. This is provided you don't have large cracks with displacement. Angling helps in clearing the lower sides. Using the shoes set so the blade is just above the surface on level ground should help protect the crown more.
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2007
  9. RipT

    RipT Senior Member
    Messages: 184

    I should have been clearer in my earlier comments......most likely plowing did not cause the rutting or higher center versus the wheel tracks, not that plowing may not hurt the pavement once it became rutted and raised center condition.