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How A New Homeowner Can Repair A Cracked And Uneven Concrete Driveway

The concrete slabs on your driveway can crack and shift when the ground moves during the change of seasons or when heavy loads drive over them. The uneven surface creates a tripping hazard for people walking up and down the driveway. One method to remove the tripping hazard is to apply a coating of concrete patching material over the crack to even out the surface of the driveway. If you are a new homeowner who wants to do their own repair work around your house, here is how you can remove a tripping hazard caused by a cracked and uneven driveway at your house.

You Will Need:

  • Concrete Patching Material
  • Margin Trowel
  • Finishing Trowel
  • Mixer
  • Five-Gallon Plastic Pail
  • Garden Hose
  • Water

Prepare Surface

Take your garden hose and flush out the crack to remove any dirt and debris in it.

Prepare Concrete Patching Material

Pour the concrete patching material into a five-gallon pail and add water. The amount of water will vary depending on the material you use, so make sure you follow the mixing instructions on the bag. You should use a hand-held concrete mixing tool that you can rent at a local hardware store to mix the patching material. Mix the material until it is completely wet.

Fill Crack

You should use a margin trowel to fill the inside of the crack with the patching material first. An edging trowel has a small blade, about two inches wide, with a handle on it. Put a little bit of the patching material on the edging trowel and push it down into the crack. Put as much of the patching material into the crack as you can.

Smooth Surface

The cracked slabs will still be uneven after you have filled the crack with patching material. So, the next thing you will do is apply the concrete patching onto the surface of the driveway and feather it out over the lower side of the slab to create an even surface.

Start by putting the patching material up against the edge on the high side of the cracked slab with the margin trowel. Smooth the patching material starting at the high side of the crack. Smooth the patching material down over the lower side of the crack with a finishing trowel. A finishing trowel has a much larger blade than an edging trowel and is better to use to smooth the patching material. Apply enough patching material so both sides of the crack are even and there aren't any abrupt changes in the height of the concrete slab by the crack. 

Allow the material to dry before walking or driving over it. Contact a contractor, like Gann Asphalt & Concrete, for more help.