Concrete is a material that is commonly used in many construction projects worldwide. There are times when you will need to remove concrete as well in home renovations, clearing the site for new construction or repairing a damaged section in your home.
Before you start the process of concrete removal it is important to carry out a thorough assessment of the concrete structure. You need to find out what type of concrete has been used in the structure and what its thickness is. You will also need to identify the reinforcements used in the concrete such as rebar or steel mesh. There can also be utilities such as electrical lines and plumbing within the concrete so this should be checked as well. All of this information needs to be compiled so that a safe removal plan can be created. There are safety precautions that can be taken when removing concrete. There are companies that provide this service and have skilled personnel with experience. As a safety precaution, they will be wearing personal protective equipment such as a dust mask, safety glasses, gloves and steel toed boots. In some situations, hard hats will also be worn. You need to make sure that others are kept away from the site using warning signs and barriers.
The right tools should be used for the removal of concrete.
Some common tools used for this are concrete saws, pry bars, jackhammers and sledgehammers. You will also need to transport the debris from the site to disposal. If you are breaking up concrete that has been reinforced with rebar, you will need to use a bolt cutter to cut through the metal. The concrete will first be broken into manageable pieces with the use of a jackhammer or sledgehammer. The workers will start at the edge and go towards the centre gradually. There has to be a controlled plan so that the damage towards surrounding structures is minimal. When encountering rebar, it will need to be cut or removed as you progress towards the centre of the structure. There are situations where you will need precision for concrete cutting. Sometimes you will have larger sections of concrete to break. In these situations, you can use a concrete saw.
Concrete cutting can generate a lot of dust
Therefore, to minimize this, wet cutting saws can be used and this can create a clean and safe working environment. You need to make sure that a respirator or dust mask is used to protect the respiratory system against dust. There are also water suppression techniques that can be used to minimise dust; this is where the concrete surface will be wetted before and during the process. The cutting lines should be planned in advance so that the desired results can be achieved. Once you have broken down the concrete into manageable pieces, you will need to lift the debris and remove it using a shovel or pry bar. There are heavy-duty wheelbarrows that can be used to transport the concrete from the site into a disposal area.