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Easy Repair Tips For Simple Concrete Damages

by on February 15, 2017

pool deck concrete repairPatching is the most common concrete repair in Philadelphia for minor concrete damage, such as cracks and holes. It can be done using concrete or a special patching agent. Whether you are a homeowner planning a DIY or a licensed concrete contractor in Philadelphia, here are some helpful tips and gentle reminders:

  • Make sure that the damaged area is cleaned and dried off first before any repairs are done. Using a stiff brush, brush off any debris or dust. Pressure wash the surface to remove any stubborn or built up dirt. If you notice any loose or unsound concrete, chisel or hammer it off.
  • Wear protective gear, such as gloves, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and safety glasses. This is to protect yourself while hammering or chiseling loose concrete off.
  • Before mixing the concrete or patching agent, check the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure to follow it to a T.
  • Do not add too much water when mixing. Just add a little at a time until it reaches a peanut butter-like consistency.
  • When preparing the mixture for patching, mix only an amount that will surely be used within 20 to 30 minutes. If not, the rest will dry and harden before it even gets used.
  • To test if a mixture is too dry, apply a little near the damaged spot. Broom it and check if it creates broom marks or balls. If balls form, then it is too dry. Add some water, mix it well, and test it again.
  • If a crack or hole needs a ¼-inch thick patch, apply it in layers. Allow each layer to dry before applying the next. Applying one big lump of concrete or patching compound might need more time to dry. Also, inconsistent curing might occur.
  • If there are too many minor cracks and holes, a decorative concrete resurfacing Philadelphia solution is more ideal. This way, all the damage is taken care of and the surface’s appeal and durability are improved.
  • Tape off the area where the decorative concrete overlay is not needed. This protects that area and makes cleanup easier.
  • Whether you went for a simple patching or decorative concrete in Philadelphia, make sure to protect the area for about 24 hours while the concrete dries. Even if it is dry, the area should be kept from foot traffic or furniture for a minimum of 3 days to ensure proper curing.

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