How to Fix, Level and Repair Pavers – With Visuals!

Handyman setting a paver back in place and hitting it with a rubber mullet.

Installing pavers in your backyard, driveway or around your pool is an amazing way to add character and value to your property. As time passes, however, pavers have a tendency to sink, resulting in less eye-pleasing look.

So, let’s take the step-by-step process of fixing and levelling sunken pavers, as in most cases it’s an easy task you can take care of in less than a weekend.

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So you’re determined to fix the awful looking caved-in pavers, but before you jump right into the action, there are certain preparations. Take your time and gather the right tools to pry them up, prepare the base, and place them back in. Because it’s a fairly simple job, all you’ll need are two flathead screwdrivers, a rubber mullet, screeding (the one used to level concrete) and sand.


Step 1: Lift the sunken pavers

Lift sunken pavers.
Grab your flathead screwdriver and wedge the tip between the pavers. Little by little pry them up while making sure to be gentle so you won’t damage them.

If you’re struggling to lift the paver, grab the rubber mullet and tap the surrounding ones to loosen them up a bit. Be careful as not to crack them.


Step 2: Clean the edges

Clean any dirt from the sunken pavers.

Once you’ve removed the pavers from the affected place, it’s time to clean them up a bit. Removing anything that’s stuck on the sides will result in a better and tighter fit once you place them back.

A stiff-bristled brush would be more than enough to clean up the sides.


Step 3: Level the exposed ground beneath the sunken pavers

Level the dirt beneath the sunken pavers.

Grab a screeding board that’s the same height as the pavers and level the ground beneath them. Remember that it’s normal to still have uneven parts even after levelling. What’s more important, is to remove all the bumps.


Step 4: Add all-purpose sand

Add all purpose sand and level it with a screeding board

You’re going to use sand to further level out the ground. With the help of the screeding board, level out the ground.

In order to ensure the same height of the pavers once you lay them down, use the screeding board to make sure they’re the same height.


Step 5: Place the pavers

Place the pavers back in place.

With the sand levelled, put the pavers in place. In order to set them better, lightly tap them with the rubber mullet.


Why do outdoor pavers sink

Sinkage is a completely normal and natural process. As the earth moves, underground waters flow – so it’s just a shift in the soil beneath your property.

However, if you think the problem is bigger and it may cause problems with the foundations of your home, call a professional right away. He will be able to determine whether there is an actual danger for your house and what are your options.

How to prevent sinking in pavers

Like any building project, the proper arrangement of the paved area is of utmost importance. If you still haven’t paved the area, and you’re thinking of doing it, make sure your pavers are laid on a bed of compacted gravel or coarse sand.


Do you have an experience of fixing sunken pavers?
We’d love to hear more!

Image source: Shutterstock/Gajus

Posted in Home Improvement

Last update: June 11, 2019

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