DIY Concrete Repair

Concrete, no matter how durable it is, could still acquire damage as it is being walked on, driven upon, and exposed to the humid climate of Houston, Texas daily. While it is simple and easy to get in touch with a professional contractor, not everyone can afford it. Also, not every concrete issue is worth the effort. Some damages require professional expertise, some just require a DIY concrete repair Houston solution.

Concrete Crack Repair

concrete-crackCracks are probably the most common issue on just about any concrete surface. Before fearing that an earthquake caused it, it is important to understand that concrete is not a flexible material. Therefore, any movement it encounters could cause a crack. Before it gets worse, here’s a DIY fix you could apply:

  • Clean the area where the crack is, making sure that it is free from dirt and grease.
  • Chisel the sides of the crack at an angle, with the wider gap at the bottom.
  • Brush off or vacuum all the debris inside the gap.
  • Insert a concrete filler or patch, making sure that it fills the gap completely.
  • Scrape off any excess and level it to the surface.
  • Leave to cure and dry overnight.
  • Apply a sealer for protection.

Patching Holes

concrete-holeHoles are not only an ugly sight but a safety hazard as well. Small holes or pits on a concrete floor can be easily repaired by applying a self-leveling compound. Before calling a concrete contractor Houston company for larger holes, here is something you could do:

  • Clean the surface and brush off any dirt or debris from inside the hole.
  • Mix one part glue and four parts water and, using a brush, dampen the inside of the hole with the solution.
  • Once the solution becomes tacky, apply a mortar into the hole and level it with the rest of the concrete surface using a trowel.
  • Seal off the surface once the mortar has hardened completely.

Concrete Resurfacing

To completely renew the look and condition of an existing concrete slab, a decorative concrete overlay would be a good solution. This can be done on your own but it may require tremendous effort. There are concrete companies that specialize in resurfacing techniques, such as stamping, epoxy, and more , but if you are willing to do it yourself, here is a rough list of the resurfacing process:

  • Clean and wash the surface, making sure that it is free of dirt, grease, and debris.
  • If there are holes or cracks, fix these first to prepare the old concrete for the overlay.
  • Pour a thin concrete overlay on the surface and spread it evenly all throughout the floor.
  • Once it has cured and dried, apply a top layer of concrete sealer for protection.