As you recall from my previous post, each week I’ll be sharing a different outdoor project as we update the exterior of our home.
Today I’m starting off with the simplest repair of them all—patching the damaged concrete foundation.
As highlighted in the image, you’ll see the majority of the water damage is located in the middle and on the right side of the garage doors.
You’ll notice the deteriorating concrete has a crumbling and/or chipping effect, this is known as scaling. Scaling is the general lost of surface mortar that is exposed to freezing and thawing.
It does not necessarily threaten the integrity of our home’s foundation, but like anything left untreated over a long period of time, it can lead to a more serious issue.
Patching such surfaces is a simple task and an important part of keeping the concrete in good repair.
What you’ll need:
- Screwdriver or hammer
- Wire brush
- Concrete mix
- Concrete float
1. Using either a screwdriver or hammer (or a combination of both), chip off any loose concrete, paint, or old filler.
2. Get rid of any dust and debris with a wire brush. You want to make sure your new coat of concrete has a strong steady hold to the old surface.
3. There are so many products available to patch concrete and you should pick one according to your project’s needs. We used an Ultra-Bond Purging Mix. Be sure to follow the mixing instructions on the back of the product.
4. Trowel the concrete onto the surface until it’s completely filled. You may want to pat the concrete to compact the material and to remove any voids or air pockets that may have formed.
5. Use a concrete float to smooth out the entire surface and let it dry.
To increase your home’s curb appeal, you can also paint the concrete once it dries. We’ve left ours as is but one day I would love to paint the exterior foundation wall around our home.
Have you done any concrete repairs? What has been your experience?