I had two holes in the poured concrete floor of my cellar. I was planning to fill both holes. So far I have only filled one because I ran into a problem with the other one.
How I filled the first hole: I removed any crumbled edge pieces. I mixed the "rapid set mortar mix," using a liquid mixture that was half "concrete bonding adhesive" and half water. I removed the standing water from the hole. I painted pure "concrete bonding adhesive" to the edges of the concrete floor (which was surprisingly thin, by the way). I was supposed to let that dry before continuing, but I couldn't because of the generally damp conditions. I put the mixed mortar mix into the hole and pushed down on it with a piece of wood. I smoothed the surface with a rubber gloved hand.
The problem I encountered with the second one: water wells up (slowly) from below one edge of the concrete floor.
Question: how can I fill the hole, given the slow but constant influx of water?
Size of filled hole: approximately 5 inches in diameter.
Size of other hole: approximately 12 inches in diameter (slightly oblong shape).
Notes: The water trickles towards the sump pit where it gets pumped out with a sump pump. I am also working on figuring out how to eliminate the water entry in the first place, but in the meantime I would like to fill that remaining hole.
Update: I just got a call back from a friend who suggested that I go ahead with the same procedure, but on a very cold day, when hopefully the trickle will be much slowed. Today it is 50 degreed Fahrenheit outside. Feedback would be much appreciated.
Another update: yes, the ground froze, but not all the way down. There is always some water seeping up from underneath. My new idea is to put in the patch, stationing an assistant at the upper part of the hole with a turkey baster and a rag to remove water as it appears (while I'm making the patch). Then poke a couple holes in the lower part with something like a knitting needle, to provide a way for the water to come up and then flow down toward the sump pail. What do you think?