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How To Fix Concrete Cracks

Filling concrete cracks is a job that gets more difficult the longer you wait. If you wait too long, your crack can get bigger and to the point that it can only be fixed by professionals. However, if you fix cracks will they're still small, you can use cheap and easy-to-apply concrete crack filler. This article explains how to apply concrete crack filler like a pro.

Prepping Your Crack

First of all, you need to do a little bit of prep work. If your crack goes all the way down to the soil underneath, you could have weeds growing out of it. Use a screwdriver chisel to scrape any roots out of the crack. You don't want to try and scrape all the dirt out of the crack. In fact, you might need to add dirt to your crack. It is much better if the depth of the crack is even. So, if you notice an especially deep heart, you should fill it with dirt until it is even with the rest, as long as the top inch or two are left exposed, so you can fill it with the crack filler.

Pouring the Crack Filler

Crack filler usually comes in small buckets or easy-to-pour bottles. Since it is premixed, you can essentially pour it directly into the crack. Try to pour it just until it reaches the top of the crack. Try not to let it overflow onto the top of the concrete. This can be difficult since your crack is bound to be jagged and not perfectly straight. Just wipe away any excess that runs onto the concrete.

Sealing the Crack Filler

If you want your crack filler to last a long time and withstand water damage, you need to seal it. Some people may claim that sealant is not needed, but you should play it safe and buy this product. Wait until the filler is completely dry before applying the sealant. It is completely okay if this liquid gets onto the old concrete as well. In fact, you can seal the entire patch of concrete to add a little bit of protection to it. You can just pour the ceiling onto the concrete and spread it around with squeegee. Then, just let it dry.

This is a simple job that will give you great results, and you should do it as soon as possible, before your crack grows any bigger. For more information, contact a paving company like New England Paving.