Cracks can be formed in concrete pavements overtime and you should not be too alarmed when this happens. The cracks you see across your concrete driveway can easily be patched through the use of a sealant. Some cracks that are not too visible or too small in size can be patched through the use of fillers made of liquid or a concrete caulk.
Compounds for patching are mostly combined with water to achieve a paste like consistency before it is applied to the cracks. If you have seen grout, then I bet you can picture what a concrete patching compound looks like. Grout is used for tiled floors while in concrete, patching compound or liquid fillers are used. To make sure the cracks that were filled will not ruin the appearance of your driveway, it can also be painted with the same color as the concrete, this way, it will look as if your driveway has just been built.
So, what are the steps involve in patching up the cracks you see on your concrete surface?
One vital step in making sure the liquid filler or the patching compound seeps into the crack and holds into the cracks, is to chisel the crack into a v shape that is inverted. Through this the patching compound or liquid filler is incorporated more through the cracks.
- Grab your hammer or any masonry equipment that can be used for chiseling. Chisel the crack you see on your concrete surface and ensure that the base is wider. After chiseling, clean up the loose concrete that were accumulated in the cracks in the process of chiseling.
- A wire brush is a good material to use for getting rid of any debris accumulated in the chiseling process. You can also use a pressure washer or for a more accessible tool at home, a hose to wash out and clean the cracks completely.
- After hosing the debris away, let the cracks dry out or use a vacuum to get rid of the extra debris and water. If you consider the surface to be wet but the cracks are not filled with water then you are good to go.
- Using the direction form the manufacturer’s manual, mix your concrete patching compound step by step.
- Put the mixed compound into the cracks of the surface of concern and make sure no air is present.
- Smooth the surface off of any extra patching compound to ensure once it is dried out, the surface is still smooth.
- Paint the area with a color that matches the concrete to achieve a good as new surface.
If you are dealing with cracks that are narrow, the steps may be more demanding as narrow cracks tend to go deep. If this is the case, more steps are included making it a more complicated task. If this is the case, it is best to call a professional for help. Go to your browser and I the search bar search for foundationrepairsmo.com. Through the website you can know more about the details they offer regarding your concrete crack’s dilemma.