Responsible homeowners know regular home maintenance keeps your home in great shape for years to come. Your concrete may be overlooked until it becomes a problem. Tiny cracks can become big problems. Sealing concrete around your home prevents potentially expensive damages.
What You Need for Concrete Sealing
Here are a few of the tools and supplies you will need to seal concrete around your home.
- Concrete cleaner
- Long-handled scrub brush
- Water hose with sprayer
- Foam backer rod
- Urethane or Polyurethane caulk
- Caulk gun
- Old spoon or trowel
- Mineral spirits
- Masonry chisel
- Disposal gloves
How to Seal Concrete Around Your Home
These are the steps to seal cracks in the concrete around your home.
Clean the Concrete
- Sweep, vacuum, or spray to remove as much debris as possible.
- Follow the directions for the concrete cleaner to apply to the concrete.
- Remove any old sealant with mineral spirits.
- Rinse area.
- Repeat these steps to ensure all debris, staining, or concrete sealer is removed.
Seal Wide Gaps
Concrete gaps wider than ¼ inch allow water to get into the cracks, expand, and cause problems. Take care of these quickly to prevent problems.
- Step 1: Install a foam backer rod into the crack ¼ inch lower than the concrete’s surface.
- Step 2: Apply caulk to the crack. Snip the tube’s end at a 30° angle, the same size as the gap.
- Step 3: Use a trowel to smooth on a flat surface or an old spoon to create a bevel against a vertical surface. Use the rag and mineral spirits to clean the trowel or spoon.
Caulk Narrow Cracks
For cracks ¼ inch wide or smaller, you do not need the backer rod. Follow steps 2 and 3 above.
Sealing and Waterproofing Concrete Cracks
Water does not have to freeze to cause problems for concrete.
- Redirect roof water runoff
- Caulk around doors, windows, vents, roof flashings, pipes, and other openings.
- Create an inverted “V” to help lock the material in place with a masonry chisel and hammer.
- Mix the quick-setting sealant material as directed by the manufacturer, and force it into the cracks you find inside, outside, and around pipe openings.
- Smooth with a trowel.
Things to Remember About Cracks Around Your Home
- Don’t worry about hairline cracks.
- Seal cracks that are ⅛-inch or wider.
- Divert water from concrete and seal cracks.
- Cracks in a foundation wall wider than ½-inch should be checked by a pro.
- A large crack in the foundation wall with a bulge indicates a problem with structural integrity.
- A horizontal crack is riskier than a vertical or diagonal crack.
- Use Water Plug products to seal any cracks between a concrete floor and the walls.
Professional Concrete Sealing
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