How to Repair a Concrete Driveway with Large Potholes

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How to Repair a Concrete Driveway with Large Potholes
Concrete driveways can become cracked with large potholes. (Concrete street cracks image by Dreadman from

A concrete driveway can acquire large potholes and cracks over time, because of the freezing and thawing of water under the driveway. These potholes can damage your vehicle's tires, so the potholes should be repaired as soon as possible. Putting off repairing the potholes can cause the damage to become worse, possibly resulting in the driveway needing to be replaced. Regular maintenance to the concrete driveway can prevent excess damage, which can save you money. Potholes in a concrete driveway can be repaired in a couple of hours.

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Things you need

  • Broom
  • Garden hose
  • Mask
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Waterproof boots
  • 1 bag of premixed concrete
  • Large bucket
  • Water
  • Shovel
  • Trowel
  • Plastic sheet

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  1. 1

    Sweep any loose dirt and chunks of concrete out of the pothole with a broom. Spray the pothole with a garden hose to thoroughly clean the pothole and remove any remaining debris. Allow the pothole to thoroughly dry.

  2. 2

    Put on a mask, waterproof gloves and waterproof boots to protect you while working with concrete. Pour a bag of premixed concrete in a large bucket, then add water according to the manufacturer's instructions. Thoroughly mix the concrete and water with a shovel.

  3. 3

    Pour the concrete mixture into the pothole and allow the mortar to set up for an hour. Then use a trowel to smooth the concrete into the cracks and remove any excess.

  4. 4

    Allow the concrete to completely dry over several days. Lightly mist the pothole with water, and keep it covered with a plastic sheet. The slower the concrete patch cures, the stronger it will be.

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