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Techniques for Removing or Demolishing Concrete

by Bessie Beck

Concrete is a very popular material when it comes to construction. Several factors can necessitate the removal and replacement of a concrete surface. Patching and using decorative toppings may only fix damaged surfaces for a short time before you start seeing blemish again. However, doing away with the bad concrete surface and laying it all over again is a reliable technique of restoring built structures. If you have a problem with the concrete surfaces in your building, these techniques will come in handy in getting rid of the bad surface to pave the way for a fresh fix.

Pressure Bursting

Pressure bursting is one of the best techniques for removing cured concrete surfaces. Here, construction workers use powerful splitting machines to break concrete surfaces into small bits. The machines rely on hydraulic forces produced by motors. Alternatively, you can also go for chemical pressure bursting where workers use patterned boreholes and expansive slurry to weaken the surface into removable bits. In both cases (mechanical or chemical pressure bursting), workers remove the concrete pieces using small cranes or by hand.

Pressure bursting stands tall above other concrete removal methods because it is a dust-free, relatively quiet and controlled method.

Explosives

Using explosives is the best method when you have very large areas covered in concrete. The method relies on explosions to send shockwaves through the concrete surface and disintegrate it into small, removable pieces. The concrete removal specialists insert explosive into several boreholes dug in the concrete surface. Once they detonate the explosives, powerful shockwaves travel through the concrete, disintegrating it.

Using explosives doesn't take lots of time to break up the concrete. However, the vibrations can affect surrounding structures and weaken them. You need to invest in lots of safety equipment and probably evacuate people in cases where the workers expect highly powerful shockwaves from the explosives.

Dismantling

As the name suggests, dismantling involves cutting the concrete structure into smaller bits using specialised equipment. Examples of these machines are thermic lances, saws and water-jet projectiles. When done, the workers remove the pieces by hand or by using small cranes. Ideally, dismantling is a minimally invasive technique because the workers do not impact the surface forcefully. It is ideal for minimising the effect of removal on the surrounding areas, meaning you can dismantle cured concrete close to concrete that has just been laid.

When choosing, it is good to go for minimally invasive techniques because you have more control over what is happening to the concrete surface. For more information, contact your local concrete grinding and removals company.

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