If the years have not been kind to your concrete driveway and it has developed a pothole, then you will be happy to learn that you can easily fix it yourself. Fixing the damage as soon as you notice the problem is essential, because otherwise, the pothole will grow and lead to cracks in the surrounding concrete. This will make the eventual repair complicated and more expensive.
Even if you have never worked with concrete before, you can fix your driveway's pothole in under an hour by following these steps:
Step 1: Sweep out the pothole with a stiff broom so that you can get a clear view of the damage.
Step 2: Use a chisel and hammer to break out all of the broken concrete edges and any of the surrounding concrete that shows signs of cracking or pitting damage.
Step 3: Once you are finished chiseling, then you need to sweep out the pothole once again. If you own a shop vacuum, then you should use it to remove any of the residual concrete dust from the hole. If you do not have a shop vacuum, then use a moist cloth to remove any dust from the hole. It is important to clean all of the dust out of the pothole so that the new concrete will adhere well to the existing surface.
Step 4: Using a soft brush, paint the pothole's interior surface with a concrete patch bonding adhesive. You can find this adhesive at your hardware store next to the bags of ready-mix concrete.
Step 5: Mix part of a bag of ready-mix concrete with water according to the package's instructions. Place the cement patching material into the pothole until it is slightly above the surrounding surface. Tap the concrete into place using the back of your shovel to remove any air from the pothole area.
Step 6: Using a flat board, run the board over the concrete patch area to smooth out the new cement and make it level with the rest of your driveway.
Step 7: Finally, while the cement dries and cures into hard concrete, keep all of your vehicles, children, and pets off of the patched area of the driveway.
The long-term success of your patch job depends largely on how well you have cleaned the pothole out and leaving the patch material alone while it is adhering and curing in place. For assistance, talk to a professional like Stephens & Smith Construction Inc.