LESLIE: Peter in Centerport, New York listens on WABC. Tell us about the concrete at your house.
PETER: OK. It’s at my mom’s house. She has a concrete patio that’s over a built-in garage. And it’s got a few minor cracks and those were grouted out, routed out and filled with hydraulic cement. But it still leaks. It’s like the cement is porous. I was wondering if there’s any sealer that can be put down on that.
TOM: So the patio is on top of the garage.
PETER: Right. And so it’s leaking down onto a car.
LESLIE: Peter, there’s a product available called Sani-Tred. If you go to their website, SaniTred.com, they have an outdoor deck coating. And it’s predominantly used in hotel and motel walkways where you have something similar to your garage patio situation. And it is a do-it-yourself project. It’s two different coatings. It’s a base and a topcoat. It even has something textural in it so you’re not going to slip. And it’s reasonably priced and it’s something that you can do on your own to stop that water.
PETER: I’ve looked at a bunch of things on the internet. I didn’t see that one yet.
TOM: Yeah, the product is basically a polymer and it’s designed to provide both a waterproof bond and the key here is it’s something that’s going to be durable enough to walk on because you do want to be able to use that patio. So if you fix the obvious cracks – that water is finding itself through somewhere – a good coating product like Sani-Tred might be just what you need to stop it once and for all.
PETER: OK. And that’s a little bit flexible?
LESLIE: Yeah, it has permanent flexibility because it never fully hardens so it doesn’t become brittle and it gets stronger as it ages. So it’s like a liquid rubber primer and then the topcoat.
PETER: OK, thank you very much.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.