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Hydraulic Cement - Can You Use It To Fix Cracks?

April 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 587

So you have cracks in some areas of your concrete, it may be the driveway, a retaining wall, basement walls or any other concrete thing. I have a crack in a small (low) wall in my garden and it looks a bit ugly so I thought I'd repair it.

Upon doing some research on the internet I found that lots of people keep referring to this 'hydraulic cement' as the remedy for fixing cracks in walls. Here in New Zealand I hadn't heard of something called hydraulic cement so I wanted to find out what it is and if it will be appropriate to fix the crack in my concrete wall. I found out that hydraulic cement is in fact just normal cement that we use here. The most common cement is called Portland Cement. You know what is funny about that? I work at Portland Cement! Here in Whangarei, which is at the northern end of New Zealand. So this 'fancy' hydraulic cement is the stuff that gets trucked out past my office window every day of the working week.

The reason why it's called hydraulic cement is that the concrete will set or cure even if it remains wet. It doesn't need to 'dry out' in order to cure properly. So this will be perfect for fixing the crack in my garden.

The downsides of using hydraulic cement for fixing cracks is that concrete contracts a little when it cures. And all concrete contracts and expands with changes in temperature and moisture. So the crack in my garden wall is fine for now, but over time that crack will reappear as the concrete moves about. This doesn't bother me as it's only a decorative wall holding back a small garden. If it were a retaining wall or a basement wall then I would definitely not be using hydraulic cement.

There are other products much more suitable for fixing these types of cracks, things like epoxy or polyurethane foams. These products are designed to expand or contract with the movement of the concrete and therefore maintain the seal of the crack.

No matter how you fix a concrete crack, it is important to find out what is causing the cracks in the first place. It may be that too much water is building up behind the wall creating too much pressure on the wall, or drastic changes in the temperature or moisture of the wall. Cracks can be a sign of weakness or structural failure of the wall so whatever the reason, it needs to be fixed or you will continually be finding cracks to fill.

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