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How to Repair Concrete Divots

By Kimberly Johnson ; Updated September 21, 2017

Divots in a concrete surface also go by the name concrete pops and look like small, round depressions that are relatively shallow. They are typically caused by repeated cycles of freezing and thawing, which weaken the concrete surface. The damage is primarily superficial, although it does look unsightly. Homeowners can repair the concrete divots by spreading a thin layer of concrete patching material on top of the area to resurface it.

Step 1

Don work gloves, and examine the concrete to locate the divots. Scrub each divot vigorously, using a wire brush to dislodge any loose material and soften the edges.

Step 2

Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of water and a cleaner designed for driveways or patios, using the amount specified on the cleaner bottle. Insert a long-handled scrub brush into the mixture and scrub the entire surface of the concrete to remove any oil.

Step 3

Rinse the concrete surface using a garden hose to remove the cleaning residue. Wait one to two days to allow all of the moisture to evaporate from the concrete.

Step 4

Fill a bucket with a mixture of 7 parts concrete resurfacer and 1 part water. Mix the two items up, using a trowel, until well combined.

Step 5

Scoop up 1/4 cup of the mixture with a trowel, and spread it over the surface of all of the divots to fill them in until they are level with the surrounding surface of the concrete.

Step 6

Spray the concrete surface with a garden hose until it is thoroughly damp. Allow the excess water to run off, or towel-dry the surface with old rags.

Step 7

Create another resurfacing mixture, this time using 5.5 pints of water for every 40-pound bag of powdered mix. Install a paddle bit onto a drill, and don safety glasses. Insert the bit into the bucket and squeeze the trigger to mix the contents.

Step 8

Pour the mixture over the surface of the damaged concrete and spread it out to an even 1/4-inch layer, using a long-handled squeegee.

Step 9

Wait until the material begins to set up, which takes approximately three to four minutes, and then push a broom over the surface lightly to scuff it, which makes is slip-proof.


Things You Will Need

  • Work gloves
  • Wire brush
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Driveway or patio cleaner
  • Long-handled scrub brush
  • Garden hose
  • Concrete resurfacer
  • Trowel
  • Drill
  • Paddle mixer
  • Safety goggles
  • Long-handled squeegee
  • Broom

About the Author


Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.