LESLIE: Susan in Texas has a cracked concrete curb. Tell us what’s going on.
SUSAN: Yes, I have a curb out front of a 1955-year-old home.
SUSAN: And the curb is cracking in spots and going down in a slant. And I didn’t know what do I need to do to repair that.
TOM: And this cracked concrete curb is your responsibility and not the township’s?
SUSAN: Yes. I’ve called several times and everyone says it’s my responsibility to fix it. I just – they say when you sell your home – the curb appeal? And I have a curb that’s messed up.
TOM: Yeah. The curb appeal has got to start at the curb and you keep calling and getting the same answer. So I guess you’re kind of stuck with the cracked concrete curb.
TOM: Well, listen, there’s a couple of things that come to mind. First of all, when you say it’s slanted and sloped, if it’s settling then it’s going to have to be torn out. If it’s just cracked, there’s a lot of ways to fix a cracked concrete curb. QUIKRETE has a number of good products that are designed exactly for that. There is a crack seal, there’s a crack-repair product that’s kind of like caulk. There’s also a resurfacing product. So if it’s spalled or deteriorated, you can resurface it and it will stick to the old concrete and come out looking quite nice. So there certainly are products to make what you have look better and work better.
But if the whole cracked concrete curb is structurally sinking because sometimes water gets under it and that kind of stuff, then that’s the case where you’d have to tear it out and have a mason build you a new one.
SUSAN: OK, OK. But that QUIKRETE is pretty easy to do?
TOM: Absolutely, yes. Take a look at QUIKRETE.com. They have lots of great videos there. They’ll walk you through exactly what you need to do. Just search for “crack repair.” You’ll see there’s many options, depending on the thickness of the crack and what you need to achieve, OK?
SUSAN: That is wonderful. Thank you so much.