If you own a concrete driveway or sidewalk that has been improperly installed, it may need to get demolished and ripped up in order to be replaced. Concrete that was improperly installed will crack, sink, and rise to create an unsightly mess! Does the thought of doing concrete demolition yourself scare you?
Have no fear, this article will show you exactly how to demolish concrete yourself. Contrary to popular belief, the only tools you need for concrete demolition is a mini excavator, jackhammer, and a dump truck/dump trailer.
The first stage in demolishing a concrete driveway is to understand what you are dealing with. Some variables include the thickness of the concrete, size of slabs, and if there is rebar. If rebar is present, the only way to demolish the concrete is to use an excavator and jackhammer the concrete into small pieces.
Once you know what you are working with, it is time to start the demolition process! Use a jackhammer to break a piece of concrete up, and grab that piece with the excavator.
Make sure everyone is standing clear of the area, and use caution tape if necessary. Pick the piece up with the excavator as high as you can, and drop it onto the concrete slab. The slab should crack into pieces, although it may take a couple tries.
Loading up concrete
Once you have a pile of concrete chunks, it is time to get rid of them! We started this project using one of our heavy duty dump trailers that we use for our Junk Removal Service, but quickly found that hiring a dump truck service was more efficient.
If you use a dump trailer, you can only get 2 heavily loaded dumps out of a charge, before you need to recharge the battery overnight. Once you have loaded up your dump truck/trailer, haul it to a concrete recycling plant, and keep rolling.
Concrete is an extremely heavy material! When loading up your dump truck or dump trailer, it is important to not overload them because it is very easy to do. In addition, overloading your equipment not only makes them unsafe, but can wear them out much quicker.
Concrete Demolition Cost
The cost of a concrete demolition & removal project can vary greatly depending on your location and the type of concrete that needs to be removed. Unfortunately, most homeowners do not own the equipment needed to demolish concrete.
Therefore, many DIYers resort to using a rental company to rent equipment for their concrete removal project. We have found that after the cost of renting equipment, transporting it to your home, working, and hauling away the concrete – it is cheaper to hire a concrete removal service.
DIY Concrete Demolition Cost Breakdown
- $500/day mini excavator rental
- $400/load concrete hauling & disposal
- $100/day jackhammer rental
For an average DIY concrete driveway removal project that takes 2 days, the cost will be around $2,000.
Call The Concrete Demolition Professionals
While it is relatively straightforward how to demolish concrete, the job is often-times left to a professional demolition contractor. Legitimate demolition companies have their own equipment, dump trucks & trailers, and the knowledge to get your concrete demolition job done safely and efficiently.
A+ Enterprises Demolition Service is the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area’s premier demolition contractor. We specialize in small to medium-sized demolition projects such as driveways, sheds, garages, mobile homes, pools, and more! We are fully licensed and insured, and have hundred of satisfied customers to back it up.
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- R K
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