How to Patch a Concrete Crack

Doug Enright 

Have a concrete crack on your property? Not sure what to do? Well, you can patch it yourself with a little bit of elbow grease and a bag of concrete. In fact, you won’t even need a bag of concrete but good luck finding something smaller. If you own a home or property, keeping a bag of concrete on hand isn’t a bad thing. It can help make life easier when you need to patch a crack on a sidewalk or in your driveway. Let’s look at the basic steps to patching a concrete crack.

Patching a Concrete Crack

The first step to patching a concrete crack is to buy a bag of concrete mix. You can buy this at most home improvement stores. You’ll want to make sure you have something to mix the concrete in, something to mix with and a trough to ensure an even layer of concrete is used. Anyone can patch a concrete crack, so don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.

The first step is to clean up the crack. You can use a water hose and clean out the crack the best you can to get rid of any dirt or debris that’s fallen into it. When you’re ready to patch a concrete crack, follow the instructions on the bag of concrete mix. Once mixed, you’ll want to pour a small amount of concrete into the crack, you shouldn’t need much. Let it settle in for a few minute and use a trough to even it out. One settled after that, you can add more if necessary and even off one last time.

Make sure to mark off where the concrete patch is so nobody steps in it while it dries. It can take 24 to 48 hours for the patch to dry. Refer to the instructions on the concrete mix for better direction on the particular concrete you purchased.

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