If you have recently noticed that new cracks in your concrete steps have formed or that the existing cracks in that area have worsened, it is a good idea to learn about the safest and most appropriate ways to seal those cracks. You may be surprised to learn that many of the cracks that manifest in your concrete can be quickly and reliably repaired with a minimum of effort on your part, although larger areas of damage may need professional intervention. Therefore, the following information is likely to be very helpful if are concerned about cracks in your concrete steps.
Repairing Smaller Cracks Can Have Poorer Long-term Results
Although many homeowners aren't pleased when they see larger cracks in their concrete steps, those bigger cracks are often easier to repair. As a result, if you have noticed a smaller surface imperfection in your concrete steps, you may want to consider expanding each crack.
In order to do so, it is best to use a cold chisel and a clean, sturdy hammer to expand the surface level crack. Since your goal is to enlarge the base or the interior of the crack so that the concrete filler will more precisely adhere to the damaged portion of the crack, it is important to chisel as much of the damage as you can from the interior.
Clean The Steps Before Repairing Any Cracks
Unfortunately, over the years many homeowners have been unnecessarily disappointed with the repair to their concrete steps. Since it has often been noted that dirty steps do not always accept a filler or sealant as well as a newly cleaned and dried unit might, you may be able to minimize your own disappointment by taking the time to remove any trash or debris that is present on or near the steps. Then, it is a good idea to thoroughly sweep each step that requires treatment.
Immediately after, pressure wash the area until the water consistently runs clear, taking care to direct the water flow in the same direction for each step. If necessary, you can tape or otherwise cover with a waterproof top any area near the steps that you do not want to wet down. When the steps are finally as clean as you can get them, you can proceed to using the concrete filler on the damaged and clean portions of the imperfections according to the manufacturer's directions. Alternatively, this is also a good opportunity to have a professional take over, if you are want to be sure of the final results.
In conclusion, cracks in the concrete steps at your home can quickly become a known safety risk, especially if they are allowed to linger for a significant period of time or grow in size. Therefore, if you are a homeowner who is experiencing that problem, the information listed above is likely to be very useful.