How to Repair a Paver Patio
A paver patio is a beautiful addition to any house, but unlike most structures you have around the home it can move and shift. During this shifting the paver patio can have some of the pavers dislodge. They can become uneven, moved around and pop out of place. You can easily repair a paver patio given the right materials and a little time on your hands. The article that follows will explain how to replace and reseat damaged and loose stones in your paver patio.
Step 1 – Inspection
Prior to doing any repair work on your paver patio you should first inspect it. Look for pavers that are loose or broken. You want to also find pavers that are uneven. They could be lower than the other pavers, higher or simply tilted. Use a piece of chalk to mark these pavers.
Step 2 – Remove the Pavers
Remove the pavers you marked off. When a paver patio is installed the pavers are seated in sand. Once the sand dries it becomes compacted and is nearly as hard as concrete. Use the hose and send a concentrated stream of water along the edges of the pavers to be removed, reseated or replaced. After several minutes the sand will soften and the pavers can be removed. Use the small pry bar and dig out the sand along the edges until you can easily slide the pry end under the paver. Once you do, lift it up and remove it. Repeat with each paver to be removed.
Step 3 – Replace the Pavers
The usual issue with a paver patio is that the sand under the paver has settled and shifted. Add sand to the area in small increments. Spread the sand out into a flat layer and then tamp it down. You want it to be even and solid to form a strong base for the paver. Use the level to make sure it is flat and even. Place the new paver in the space and inspect its height in relation to the pavers around it. Adjust the amount of sand as needed. Use the rubber mallet to gently tap the paver in place and seat it in the sand. Always use the level to make sure it is even and lined up with the pavers around it. Repeat with all of the pavers that will be replaced.
Step 4 – Sealing
In order for the pavers to remain in place you need to seal them around the edges. Pour fresh sand over the paver patio and use the push broom to move the sand around. It needs to fill the gaps between the pavers. Wet the sand down and repeat the process until the gaps are completely full. Sweep away all of the excess sand.