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I have a concrete patio with a 4-foot by 2-foot shallow oval area that retains water. The concrete is sort of a knockdown pattern (see photo). How do I resolve this depression without smoothing it over and making it slippery? How do I level the area and make the pattern match the surrounding area?

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    You're going to have to add material and "smooth it over" to make the surface level, then add a top coat of the same material/style to match the rest. So I guess your question is really "how to I level the surface and then match the surrounding area". – JPhi1618 Dec 30 '15 at 22:05
  • That would be correct. – JoshDM Dec 30 '15 at 23:44
  • @JPhi1618 - what sort of material? – JoshDM Jan 4 '16 at 3:44
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Is this a drain strip?

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If so it may be possible to cut some shallow grooves in the patio concrete decking to conduct the standing water in the depression over to the drain strip.

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It would obviously be your choice but this may look better overall than a smoothed on patch or filler. Such grooves could be cut by someone experienced with using a portable power grinder with a thin cutoff type blade.

  • Yes, that is a drain strip. – JoshDM Dec 30 '15 at 23:45
  • The area where the water puddles has been worn down over time so the area has many dimples that collect dirt. I had recently bleached it to get it clean. – JoshDM Dec 30 '15 at 23:49

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