Can you guys help??

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by White Gardens, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    We were using my dump druck yesterday, and didn't realize that I blew about 1 to 1.5 quarts of Tranny Fluid (recomended for the electric pump) out of the breather cap. It got on the Asphalt drive and I busted out the shop towels and soaked it up the best I could.

    I haven't talked to the owner yet, but if I need to, I'll need to get the spot cleaned up a little better if I can. Can I just power wash it, and use a little soap, or is it about worthless on Asphalt. I was thinking about just leaving it considering Asphalt is Oil.
  2. seabee1

    seabee1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 239

    put some oil dry on it let it set for awhile to pull as much as you can to not have to wash it off into the surrounding area ,if it is in a area not traveled very much try to cover it up with a small weighted tarp :waving::waving:to keep it from blowing around ,to give it a chance to work ,and then pick it up .
  3. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Messages: 3,792

    Even a kitty litter that is softer than oil dry will help. I did it when an auger drive hydro line blew on a new asphalt road. Made a real mess but the kitty litter helped. I spread some sand over it, brushed it with a broom and it looked pretty good after that.

    Does anyone know if a cleaner/degreaser and brush would help him?
  4. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Automatic transmission fluid is very detergent it will eat the asphalt the best thing to try is take a tiger torch and burn the ATF out of the pavement. Degreasers will just remove more oil. I have a big mess in my famillies yard I spilled a gallon of diesel by accident doing my fuel filter. It screwed up the asphalt driveway so now I need to dig out the loose stuff and fill in the hole with cold patch I have no choice.

    Good luck asphalt driveways are not easy to fix with oil damage especially if its not sealed.
  5. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,396

    try "greased lightning" or "oil eater" we use it on drives if we ever drip and a homeowner complains...put it on there, scrub it a little and power wash it right out
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Hey, thanks for all the replies. When the spill happened, I used shop towls, and when I thought I got the worst of it, I wadded up a few more towls and rolled them over the spot to get the worst in the the "pits" of the driveway. After that I hosed it off about 4-6 different times to help lift what was left.

    I talked to the owner, he said he was planning on sealing the drivway again this summer, so I think I'm not going to worry about it. My main concern was the shiny spot left in one area, and if he's going to seal it, then it will all blend in good.
  7. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    You can use a powedered detergent like tide and just leave it on the spot and when it rains it will get rid of all of it.

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