Repairing Sunken Patio Pavers.

Welcome to Yeah, We Do That’s tip of the week. This week I would like to talk about how to repair your Patio Paver AR Before (2)patio pavers if they are starting to sink or becoming unlevel.

Patio pavers are nice and make for a beautiful outdoor living area but all too often I see the results of patio areas that were not designed with proper drainage. Improperly drained patio paver areas will cause the sand supporting the pavers to wash away in the pavers begin to sink. Fortunately the repair is fairly simple and what you need will be determined by the extent to which the pavers have sunk.



For minor sink image the only thing you should need is paver sand and which may be purchased in bags at any big box hardware store and many of your smaller and local hardware store chains. Carefully pry out a paver in the area to be repaired and once the first paver is out you should be able to easily left out as many pavers as needed. I recommend continuing pulling out pavers at least a good 12 inches into the Patio Paver AR During (2)surrounding unaffected area.


Now add some paver sand to the sunken area and cut yourself a section of 2 x 4 or other would that may be used as a straight edge that will fit in the area to be repaired. Using the unaffected areas as a guide pulley or 2 x 4 and level out the sand so that it is all uniform, I also like to use a rubber mallet to tap down on the 2 x 4 to compact the sand in small areas and use a hand tamper for larger repairs. Once you have the sand levels and compacted simply put the pavers back in place and you are done.



For major repairs or the pavers have sunk considerably over large areas repeat the steps above to remove the pavers in the affected area. Now you will want to remove as much is the paver sand as you can and there should be a layer of coarse ground rock underneath the sand. This is called paver base and if it is not present may be contributing to the sinking of the pavers. Paver base is crushed and ground-up rock most often being limestone. Being so course this not only adds a more solid base but allows for better drainage rather than washing away the sand. You will want to add a layer of paver base ifPatio Paver AR Before (1) none is present or if there is paver base you may need to add a little bit more. After this repeat the steps above with the paver sand adding and leveling than replacing the pavers.


Something else that may help control this is after you have all of your pavers leveled in the way you want them at a product called Polymeric Sand. This is paver sand which has an additive that hardens when it gets wet. You poor this out over your patio and work it into the cracks with a push broom, once the joints are all filled mist with a garden hose to wet it and then it will set like concrete. It will also help to prevent weeds from growing between the cracks in your pavers.


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