I have a couple of concrete holes in my basement I'd like to patch. One is a hole in the slab right in the corner that's about an inch deep, and about 1x4" in area:
The other is about a foot from the wall, and about a foot long, 6" wide, and between 1/2" and 2" deep:
The latter is an area of concrete that I had noticed was kind of "mushy" when I walked on it, and after poking at it with a pry bar, I found I could easy break it away in crumbly chunks, until I hit solid concrete around the perimeter. I don't know how this one happened, but maybe it's an old patch that was poorly done and broke down.
I'm wondering what the correct patch type is for these holes. The first hole actually actively seeped water slowly for a day or two during an unusually intense spring thaw, but otherwise neither actively seeps water, even during extended periods of heavy rain. They're just damp to the touch.
From my research, it seems like the two standard products would be either a vinyl concrete patch product, maybe with concrete bonding agent, or hydraulic cement. I'm leaning towards the hydraulic cement since it's designed to seal against water. However, every usage scenario description I've seen, including this previous question, seems to involve current active water ingress. If neither of these holes is actively leaking water, and are just slightly damp to the touch, is hydraulic cement the wrong product?
In case it's relevant, the foundation is about 90 years old poured concrete. I think the slab is much newer but I would still guess it's over 40 years old. Both are showing their age but not failed. I had them inspected recently by well-rated local foundation expert who didn't think they needed any major work at this time. Both holes have what I think are salt crystals from street salt. I live in the core of a city where there is very heavy street salting during the winter. I assume the ground water becomes salinated during the spring thaw, and leaves crystals behind as it evaporates.