DIY Guide to Easily Replace Crumbling or Damaged Brick Steps at Home
It is nice and helpful to have steps that are in good repair to reduce the risk of injury to those using them. The same materials and tools necessary to replace a broken brick step could also be used to repair a damaged brick step. Taking the time to do preventive maintenance, like a visual inspection and doing timely repairs, will help keep steps in working order and reduce the risk of injury or other incidents due to a damaged brick step.
Start by gathering the necessary supplies, such as safety goggles and gloves to protect your hands and eyes, a chisel, shop vacuum, wire brush, water and wet cloth, brick trowel, pointing tool, mortar, water, and a latex additive.
If a brick needs to be replaced, use the chisel to chip away the existing mortar. Use the shop vacuum to pick up the pieces of mortar and other debris from the empty space until it is smooth. Use the wire brush to clean the area until it is free of dirt and dust, then dampen the area with a wet cloth.
Mix a small amount of mortar with water and latex additive together. Using a brick trowel, layer the mortar into the space until it is about a 1/2 inch thick. Place the replacement brick on top and spread mortar for a good seal. Use the trowel and pointing tool to pack the mortar and fill in any gaps as necessary. When finished, water the repair area with a garden hose or other water source.
If the brick only needs to be repaired rather than replaced, use a chisel to chip away the mortar. Use a wire brush to clear the dust and debris from the area, then wet it with a garden hose. Use the brick trowel to spread mortar on the crack, making sure the mortar is even with the brick and mortar area. Wet the area with a garden hose or other water source for approximately a week for the mortar to fully cure.
In no time, your brick steps will be back in good condition and safe for use. Preventive maintenance, visual inspections and timely repairs are key tools to help keep everyone safe while using your brick steps. With the right materials and a little bit of time, you can repair or replace your brick steps to keep them safe and secure.