How To Seal Cracks In Concrete Driveway

With winter well on its way, it’s time for many homeowners, especially in Denver and other high altitude or high latitude areas, to start thinking about getting their homes ready for colder weather and everything it brings.

With winter well on its way, it’s time for many homeowners to start thinking about getting their homes ready for colder weather and everything it brings. One particular area of importance is sealing up cracks in their concrete, whether in foundations, blocks, driveways, floors, or even home walls.

Why should you worry about cracks in concrete? Well, for starters, they can be huge money pits once the weather starts getting colder, reducing the efficiency of your heating dramatically by letting warm air escape and cold air to enter. Cracks can also allow moisture—even full on streams of water—to enter your home.

Over time, this moisture can loosen the fill around your foundation or under your driveway and lead to sinkholes or structural damage.

Repairing and sealing cracked concrete is a simple procedure, and can usually be done in a single afternoon with one trip to your local home improvement store and a couple hours of labor.

Products Needed:

  1. Examine all the concrete on your property and identify cracks that need sealing. Look for water stains on concrete walls, as these can indicate micro-cracks that are difficult to see otherwise.
  2. Clean the area around the crack to remove oils and other chemicals, as these will hamper the process.
  3. Use a chisel and hammer to “key” the crack. This means holding the chisel at an angle to make the inside of the crack wider than the outside, and will help your sealant hold better. Remove any loose pieces or dust with a vacuum and brush.
  4. Use a sealer recommended for your application. Generally, Epoxies are better where structural reinforcement is necessary, and polyurethanes work best for stopping leaks where no structural reinforcement is needed.
  5. After letting the sealer cure, seal the concrete with a water-based polyurethane sealer to prevent staining and protect your concrete from abrasion. Two coats are good for walls and other low-contact areas while three or four should be used on high-traffic surfaces.

Call the experts at Handyman Matters today at 1-866-FIX-MY-HOME to help you seal the cracks in your concrete to protect against flooding and structural damage. You can also enter your zip code above to find a Handyman Matters in your area.

Learn How To Clean Concrete (And Keep It Clean)

how to keep your concrete cleanIt’s a fair bet that keeping your sidewalks and concrete driveway clean isn’t high on your maintenance list. But it’s something you shouldn’t let slide for too long.

Concrete is a porous material and accumulates dust and grime quickly, among other substances. Regular cleaning and maintenance helps keep these surfaces pristine and the space healthy. And it comes as no surprise that the longer a stain has been there, the more difficult it will be to remove it.

For starters, sealing your walks and driveway with a quality concrete sealer not only makes subsequent cleaning much easier, but it also extends the life and quality of these surfaces.

As with any area of your home, regular cleaning and maintenance of the concrete helps to avoid longer-term problems. This involves simple steps and materials—brooms, mops and cleansers. Develop a regular schedule for keeping the surface looking good, and you’re already ahead of the game.

Keep it simple. Don’t go for complicated procedures when simpler options are available.  Standard degreasers containing concentrated citrus juice, mild detergent and soda can remove most stains. Apply these to the stains and allow them to settle for a period of time.  Kitty litter and sawdust are good for absorbing grease stains. Mildew can be removed with the application of ice or aerosol freezing agents.

Power washing helps to dislodge stubborn dirt, but be sure you’ve swept away all loose debris first.

Over time, fungal and bacterial growth will occur, and you may reach a point where the most efficient and speediest means for cleaning the concrete will be to hire professionals.  They have the right equipment and training to remove those stains that have eluded your best efforts.

Whatever method you chose, once you’ve finished cleaning, then arrange for the application of a concrete sealer before dirt and other things have the opportunity to return and mar your clean and healthy looking sidewalks, steps and other surfaces!