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How do I Repair a Cement Block?

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Concrete blocks are typically appear in basement foundation walls. They are sturdy and will last for a long time. Water can damage them and once you notice a crack in your concrete blocks it is important to fix it as soon as possible to avoid further

How do I Repair a Cement Block?

Concrete blocks are typically appear in basement foundation walls. They are sturdy and will last for a long time. Water can damage them and once you notice a crack in your concrete blocks it is important to fix it as soon as possible to avoid further deterioration. The method of fixing a crack depends partially on how large it is. Larger cracks require a more heavy duty repair, whereas you can easily repair smaller cracks with a caulk filler.

Skill level:Easy

Things you need

Wire brushGarden hoseChiselHammerConcrete patch kitTrowelConcrete caulkCaulk gunPaintbrushConcrete sealer

Instructions

1 Rub the surface of the concrete block with a wire brush. Rub in all directions to work off any loose concrete. If possible, spray the surface of the concrete block with a garden hose to remove any dirt.

2 Place a chisel inside the crack, if the crack is large. Angle the chisel towards the bottom corner of the crack. Tap the back of the chisel with a hammer. Chip away at the crack until the base of the crack is wider than the opening.

3 Mix a concrete patch. Read the manufacturer's directions to properly mix the patch. Use a small trowel to apply the path to the crack. Push the patching mix all the way into the crack.

4 Repair a small crack using concrete caulk. Place the caulk into a caulk gun and cut off the tip with a scissors. Insert the tip of the caulk into the crack as far as it will go and squeeze the trigger on the caulk gun.

5 Allow the patching concrete or the concrete caulk to dry according to the manufacturer's directions. Once dry, paint a concrete sealer over the repair.

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