Simple DIY Concrete Repairs with Phoscrete
While concrete is a tough and durable composite material, nature has its way of eroding it over time. When concrete erodes, you will want to make sure you repair it as soon as possible in order to prevent potential injuries and any further damage from occurring. Fortunately, there are ways that you can make simple concrete repairs yourself so that you can put a stop to the problem before it turns into a costly repair.
In today’s post, we will be going over a few simple concrete repair projects, the items you will need, and the steps that should be taken to complete them correctly. We will also briefly go over what Phoscrete is and how it can make your concrete repair project much quicker, easier, and more affordable. If you have any further questions regarding concrete repair methods or concrete repair products, give us a call at Phoscrete today!
What is Phoscrete?
Phoscrete is a MALP (Magnesium Alumino Liquid Phosphate) product that provides a strong bond for any concrete repair project — whether it be large or small. It bonds chemically and mechanically to vertical, horizontal, and even overhead concrete. It is highly durable, extremely resistant to the freeze/thaw cycle, and holds up under a lot of force and stress — providing you with a long-lasting concrete crack repair. In fact, because Phoscrete attains high early compressive strength, it allows for rapid setting and the repaired surface to be open to traffic in as little as one hour.
When Phoscrete is applied to clean and sound concrete, chemical bonding assures coherence while mechanical bonding assures adherence. This gives Phoscrete an advantage over the rest, as conventional concrete repair only forms a mechanical bond, which is a temporary fix and a much more time-consuming drying process.
Items You Will Need for Concrete Repair:
- Quality gloves
- Safety glasses
- Wire brush
- Small sledgehammer
- Wood forms for edge/corner projects
- Start off by removing any loose dirt and debris from the crack and surrounding area with a wire brush.
- Take your Phoscrete and fill the cracks using your trowel.
- Still using your trowel, smooth out the Phoscrete after application in order to provide you with a complete, level repair.
- Take a small sledgehammer and chisel in order to undercut the edges of the crack. This helps make the crack wiser at the base than at the surface in order to provide a mechanical method of “keying” the patch for a more permanent and secure repair.
- Using your wire brush, clean the area in and around the crack. You will also want to wash out the area with a stream of water.
- Mix your Phoscrete and trowel it into the crack. Pack it down to remove any air pockets.
- Smooth the mixture over with your trowel to match the surrounding area.
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Edges of Concrete Steps
- Remove any crumbing concrete from the area
- Undercut the edges of the damaged area with your small sledgehammer and chisel
- Clean out the area well with a wire brush and wash it out with water
- Find a straight piece of wood that is the same height as the desired edge. Use this as a form by securing it against the side of the area you are repairing and use a heavy object to hold it in place. This will provide a guide for smoothing the patch.
- Mix your Phoscrete and trowel the compound into the area you are repairing. Pack it down in order to remove any potential air pockets.
- Smooth out the mixture with your trowel while using the top of the wood form as a guide.
- Once the patch has set, remove the wood form and smooth the surface to match the surrounding area.
- Be sure to remove any damaged concrete from the area that you are repairing. If needed, take your sledgehammer and small chisel to get rid of crumbling pieces.
- Sweep out the area with a wire brush and then wash it with a stream of water.
- Use two pieces of wood that are flush with the height of the corner you are repairing. Secure the two pieces together to form a corner and place it against the repair site. This will provide you with a guide for smoothing your project.
- Mix your Phoscrete and trowel it into the repair area. Be sure to tamp the compound down in order to remove any air pockets.
- Smooth the mixture using your trowel with the top of the wood form being your guide.
- After the patch is done setting, remove your form and smooth the surface of the patch as you see fit to match the surrounding concrete.
As you can see, concrete repairs are simple when you use concrete repair products like Phoscrete, a Top Rated National® Concrete Repair Material that utilizes MALP technology. By using basic tools and items that you likely already have around your home and in your tool box, you can have your concrete repaired in minutes and ready for traffic in as little as 30. This mixture bonds strongly in order to repair damaged concrete, and stops rust without the need of shot-blasting or primers. Bonding chemically and mechanically to horizontal, vertical, and overhead concrete, making it the perfect product for any and every concrete repair project. If you have any further questions about our concrete repair products or would like to order Phoscrete for your next project, don’t be afraid to give us a call and check out our website today. We even offer discounts for large-quality purchases and help with tax-exempt businesses. Don’t wait to have your concrete repaired — get your Phoscrete today!