If you are in the process of renovating your home, you may have a large section of concrete driveway or wall which you wish to remove. Concrete is a very hardy substance. While this is a fantastic property for the material to have when it is in place, it can make removing it difficult. Below is a guide to everything you need to know about the process of concrete removal.
Consider the best way of removing the concrete
Before you begin work, you will need to work out the best way of removing the concrete. This choice will very much depend upon the type of concrete structure you wish to remove and its location.
For example, if you wish to remove a poured concrete driveway, you may find you have great difficulty breaking up the large solid surface. In this case, you may wish to hire a concrete drill. Using this equipment, you will be able to create a series of holes in the surface of the concrete driveway. These holes will weaken the structure and will allow you to use a rubber hammer to fracture the surface. If the concrete on the driveway is very thick, you may need to call in a concrete contractor who will use a pneumatic drill to break up the concrete.
On the other hand, if you need to remove concrete which has been applied to the wall of an existing structure, you should opt for a concrete grinding machine. A concrete grinder is a handheld device which features diamond-encrusted blades which will cut through and break down the concrete surface. If you are unsure how to proceed, it is always best to call in a contractor.
Prepare the area and the people carrying out the work
When removing concrete, it is essential that you are aware of loose pieces of concrete which may be thrown around during drilling or grinding operations. You should ensure that only people who are working on the project are in the immediate area and that everyone present is wearing personal protection gear such as protective goggles, gloves and a hard hat. If you are working in an enclosed space, you should be aware that removing concrete can generate a lot of dust. You will, therefore, need to ensure that the area is well ventilated.
If you would like further advice about concrete removal, you should contact a concrete contractor today for more information and help.