Tuesday, April 22, 2008

HomeLine - Basic Concrete Repair

Dear Friends,

When a client spots cracks in a concrete driveway or other concrete areas outside a home they are viewing, it is not time to panic. Cracks can be repaired quickly and relatively easily and needn’t be costly or hold up a home sale. Share these tips with your homeowner to help them understand their options and to help your home sales go smoothly!

Concrete has a tendency to crack during settling or changes in the weather. However, when cracks start to spread, it’s time to go into repair mode. In winter, water can seep into an untreated crack, freeze, and make the crack larger as the water expands. Having concrete repoured can cost upwards of $1,000, so it is important to take immediate action.

Narrow Cracks: Clean the crack and surrounding area thoroughly with a wire brush and broom. Fill with a masonry crack filler that comes in a cartridge designed to be used in a caulking gun, or use a vinyl concrete patching compound applied and smoothed with a putty knife. Vinyl concrete patching compound is ideal since it does not require a bonding agent.

Wide Cracks: Use a small hammer and chisel to widen the base of the crack. This technique will make it wider at the base than at the surface, keeping the patch in place for a more secure and permanent repair. Clean the area in and around the crack with a wire brush and broom. Wash with a stream of water. Mix vinyl patching compound and trowel the compound into the cracks. Pack the mixture tightly to remove air pockets. Smooth the mixture with the trowel. When the patch has set, smooth or brush the surface to match the surrounding area.

On Your Home Team
Jeffrey Stanton
Your Trusted Advisor For Life

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