4 Tips to Remember When Leveling Concrete Floor 4 Tips to Remember When Leveling Concrete Floor

What You'll Need
Vacuum cleaner
Plastic sheet
Trowel or Drywall taping knife
Floor leveling compound
Framing square
Concrete grinder
Marking pen or pencil
Protective eye wear

In many areas of the country, particularly in areas where there are high water levels, you might find a need to level a concrete floor. In some areas, for example, homes are built on concrete slabs. At times. areas of the concrete surface may have bumps or depressions that you will need to level. When this happens on your concrete floor, you might need to level it. Below you will find 4 tips that will be of help to you.

Tip 1 – Clean your Floor Thoroughly

Vacuum your floor to remove dust, dirt, and debris. If you vacuum fails to pick up larger pieces of debris, sweep them up and remove them. If you have grease spots, remove these by scrubbing with a strong detergent or grease solvent. For tough grease stains, apply muriatic acid. If necessary, scrape unwanted material from your floor with a taping knife and polish with a heavy grit sandpaper or steel wool. If your floor has been painted you may need to remove the paint at places where you will need to level your floor. If you need to use a paint remover, be sure you clean it from the floor surface. If necessary, scrub the area with a stiff brush and a solution of water and detergent.

Tip 2 – Examine your Floor for High or Low Spots

Lay a framing square or a long 2"x4" on the floor and observe high or low places on the floor. Mark those you find.

Tip 3 – Remove Raised Concrete Spots

If you have a concrete grinder, use it to flatten larger places on your floor that are raised. If you don't have a grinder it will pay you to rent one. You will definitely need to lower these high spots. There is no other way to do it except to hire a concrete contractor. If you have smaller raised spots or bumps, try removing them with a concrete chisel and a hammer. When finished, clean your floor of all concrete dust, chips, and debris created by your removing the floor bumps.

Tip 4 – Fill Small Depressed Floor Areas

Mix a batch of floor leveling compound. Locate the smaller depressed areas of the floor that you found and marked. Pour a small amount of the compound onto the depressed area, then level it with your framing square or a straight piece of lumber. Wait at least 30 minutes for the compound to set, then apply additional amounts of the compound as needed until the depressed area is level with the rest of the floor.

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