The Basics of Concrete Removal

(Last Updated On: September 6, 2018 )

Concrete removal can be quite challenging because of the risks and challenges associated with chipping large concrete slabs into smaller pieces. You can hire a concrete removal company for concrete breakage. For removal of smaller concrete pieces, you can avail eco-dumpster's concrete breaking services" to ensure professional and safe removal of concrete from the site. Here are the basics of every concrete removal procedure:

Site Preparation:

A dirty and cluttered site invites countless operational hurdles and possible accidents. Before you start concrete removal, it is vital to prepare the site for the operation.

  • Make sure that the site is cleared from any sort of clutter. It is important to keep the tools and equipment away from the passageways where they can injure the workers.
  • Remove any pieces of stray rubble and collect them alongside the corners of the operational site. Cover the chips and rubble with protective mats so workers can easily identify their placement and move freely.
  • The passageway shall also be cleared so that the haulers can easily carry the broken concrete pieces away from the site.

Gather the necessary tools and equipment:

Concrete removal requires certain tools and equipment without which the task cannot be performed efficiently. After site preparation, it is now time for you to gather the important tools and equipment so that the workers can easily have access to them in time of need. Create a checklist of following equipment and

tools to ensure their availability on site:

Tools:

  • Electric circular saw with diamond or abrasive blades
  • Shovel
  • Large Pry bar
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    Large pick
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    Bolt cutters to remove metal wire mesh
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    Jackhammer
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    Sledgehammer
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    Demolition saw for removing rebars
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    Wheelbarrow
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    Skip Bin
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    Shovel
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    Angle grinder
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    Broom
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    Crowbar

Safety first:

Concrete demolition sites are often the sites of many accidents. Because of the prevalence of extensive risks at concrete demolition sites, it is important to make the necessary arrangements to ensure worker’s as well as site safety. Never mix water into the rubble as it can create messy mud upon mixing with dust. To circumvent any concrete fragments coming your way, ensure that you have worn safety attire. 

Safety Equipment:

  • Thick safety gloves
  • Safety Goggles
  • Earmuffs
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    Steel toe work boots
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    Thick clothes to cover body against injurious elements
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    Straight-edge wood piece for a guide
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    Chalk for marking lines
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    Dust mask and respirators

Step by Step concrete removal:

Breaking up the concrete into smaller pieces:

  • Break the concrete slabs into smaller pieces by using a jackhammer, a crowbar or a sledgehammer.
  • The best way to start breaking concrete is from the corner. Make a grid pattern as you move back from the corner.
  • Always stand on a solid surface to properly handle jackhammer and remember to take breaks.

Cutting into any metallic installations:

If you find any metal wire mesh upon cutting through concrete, use an angle grinder to break down these metallic installments.

The collection, hauling, and removal:

Use a wheelbarrow and a shovel to collect the concrete pieces for hauling. Deposit the pieces in a skip bin and avoid overloading of the wheelbarrow.