How To Repair Concrete Driveway Potholes

Concrete driveway potholes are very unsightly, but repairing them is important for more than just aesthetic appeal. Potholes can also cause some serious damage to your vehicle and compromise the integrity of your property. The good news is that this issue is a pretty easy one to fix. Here's how you're going to do it.


Step 1: Clean Out the Pothole

You'll need to remove all of the dirt, debris, and other loose items that are in the pothole itself. Using a broom to sweep it clean can take care of much of this. Once you have the majority of the pothole debris removed, use a wet shop rag to clean the remainder of the dust from the edges of the concrete. Once you've cleaned out the pothole, you'll want to make sure that the bottom of the hole is slightly wider than the top of the hole. This will allow for a stronger patch to occur. If it is not, you will need to modify the size of the pothole and then clean out the dirt and debris once again.

Step 2: Purchase and Mix Quick Setting Cement

Quick setting cement can be mixed up in a wheelbarrow within a few minutes. You can purchase a bag of it online or at your local hardware store. Follow the instructions on your bag to make sure you get the appropriate viscosity for your mixture. Allow the mixture to sit for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent it from setting. You may need to add water occasionally as well to prevent the mixture from setting prematurely. If the mixture has begun to set, you may need to mix up a new batch for a proper patch.

Step 3: Fill in the Pothole

Use a trowel to fill-in the pothole. Level off the patch so that the wet cement is flush with the existing concrete for the driveway. Allow the patch to dry according to the recommended time on the concrete product you've purchased. Filling in potholes on your concrete driveway may take an afternoon of work, but it can quickly repair the issue and prevent damage to your vehicles. Use these steps today to fix your driveway and you may even add value to your property by doing so.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015


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