LESLIE: Kathy in Missouri is calling in with a patio question. What can we do for you?
KATHY: Ah, yes, I have a big crack in my patio. It’s a long crack and I put like cement or had someone patch it and it didn’t hold. And then there’s a smaller crack going off to the side of it.
KATHY: And I’ve had to repair that.
TOM: Yeah, well, we’re not surprised that it didn’t hold, because you cannot repair a concrete patio with cement; that’s not going to work. Even though it seems like the material should be compatible, they’re kind of not. And the reason is is because what happens is, water gets underneath that new cement patch that you made and it lifts it right out.
So, what you want to do is get an epoxy patching compound, which is something that you can mix up and trowel on to those cracks. And it’s specifically designed to both fill in the voids and also to seal.
TOM: Epoxy, yeah. That’s the best way to repair any kind of a crack in a concrete surface, Kathy. It’s a permanent fix, OK?
KATHY: OK. Well thank you very much.
TOM: You’re welcome. Good luck with that project. Thank you very much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.