Asked on Jan 10, 2018

How to fix concrete so when it rains it doesn't puddle?

Becky Howell
by Becky Howell
We have a walkway that is bordered by our house on one side, and a concrete wall on another. The walkway is made of concrete and over time it has settled and has become uneven. When it rains, puddles form in those areas even though we have a bit of a slope in the walkway that goes to a drain. What is the best way to fix the uneven areas?

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  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jan 11, 2018

    The simplest, least time-consuming repair would be to spread a concrete patching compound over the area. You want a bagged mix that can be troweled to a feather edge. Following the instructions on the package, clean the walkway, stir the recommended liquid into the compound, and pour it in place. Then run a straightedge over it to level it with the surrounding surface.

    • Becky Howell Becky Howell on Jan 11, 2018

      Thank you for your help! I did not know there was such a thing as a concrete patching compound! Your instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 11, 2018

    Use Decking squares to provide a dry walkway over the top...

  • Becky Howell Becky Howell on Jan 11, 2018

    Won't water still settle under them and erode the squares? I like the idea and perhaps the look!

  • William William on Jan 11, 2018

    Use a latex modified self leveling concrete resurfacing compound.

    • Mary Mary on Sep 06, 2020

      Will it hold up to garage and driveway traffic?

  • William William on Sep 06, 2020

    Yes it's used in leveling garage floors

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Apr 15, 2021

    Yes, a concrete leveling compound. Definitely the dirt residue in the puddled areas must be power washed out of there.

    And you might even etch it clean with muriatic acid solution or some other etching cleaner. Use appropriate PPE when working with all chemicals.

    It won’t last very long if the surface is not super clean.

  • Jo Reeves Jo Reeves on Jun 27, 2021

    Help please . Our patio holds water when it rains . How to you fix it that is not real expensive?

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    • Rachel Rachel on Jul 03, 2021

      I would also like to know,we have the same puddling patio issue! Hoping to figure a way to "slope" it slightly so that it runs OFF the patio (rather than towards the foundation/cellar).