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Have Cracks In Your Foundation? Here's What You Need To Do

by Kyle Carpenter

If you have cracks in the concrete foundation of your home, you need to act fast to ensure that your home does not develop serious issues from these cracks.

#1 Clean The Crack

The first thing that you need to do is clean the crack. If there are loose chips in the crack, you are going to want to get rid of them. Use a chisel to chip away any loose material along with a small sledgehammer. This should clear away any loose material that could compromise your project.

#2 Mix Up The Concrete Patch

Second, you need to mix up the concrete path. It is best to use dry power that has latex in it. When it has latex, is has some degree of elasticity which can help made it stick in place better. Mix it up with some water and make sure that it has a thin consistency to it.

It is also best to just mix up a little bit of paste, use it, then mix up a little more so that it doesn't dry out when you are trying to use it.

#3 Get The Area Wet

The concrete patch will adhere better when the concrete is actually wet. Spray a little water on the crack so that it is wet but not dripping wet. This will help the patch material form a more solid bond with the existing concrete.

#4 Apply The Patch Area

Now it is time to apply the patch area. You should use a trowel to apply the thin paste that you made in step two. This will allow you to put the concrete patch material all the way inside of the crack. Start at the bottom and work your way up and forward, filling in the crack as you go. You may need to apply multiple layers in order to properly fill the crack. You are going to want to ensure that the patch covers the entire crack and even extends onto the existing concrete.

#5 Cleaning Everything Up

Finally, you are going to want to quickly clean everything up. If you leave the concrete mix to sit for too long, you are going to have to throw away the bucket and trowel that you used to patch the crack. Clean them off with the hose right away in order to save them for future use.

Then, come back and check on the patch in a week or so. If you notice that you missed a spot or didn't fully cover up the crack, repeat the process above until the crack is properly covered up. You can also check with companies like S&W Concrete for more advice.