Concrete Demolition: Tips to Help You Choose the Right Demo Tools and How to Dispose of the Old Concrete

Demolition of a concrete pad in your yard requires you to have some knowledge for you to plan for, complete, and clean up after the demolition work. Selecting the right tools and what to do with all the old and broken concrete are two important items to consider. Here are some tips to help you deal with both of these details.

Use the Appropriate Equipment

Before you begin demolition on an old concrete pad in your yard, make sure you have the right equipment to make the work as easy as possible for you. You can select from a sledgehammer or a hydraulic or pneumatic jackhammer. Depending on your skill and ability, you should choose the tool that is right for you.

A sledgehammer will require a certain amount of strength to manually swing it to break apart the concrete. If you rent a jackhammer, you will need to maneuver the tip of the hammer and handle the vibrations from the machine. Also, be sure to wear hearing protection, as a jackhammer creates a high enough number of decibels to harm your hearing. You can also rent a skid steer or Bobcat with a jackhammer arm attachment, which is run with hydraulics to make the work much easier.

Recycle the Old Concrete

After you have broken up the concrete from its location, you need to get it out of your yard to make room for your yard's new improvements or new concrete pad. Fortunately, you have a few different options to choose from to dispose of the concrete. First, you can rent a roll-off dumpster that will accept broken concrete and pay by its weight or size to have it hauled away.

As a more environmentally friendly option, you can recycle the old concrete and put it back into use again to extend its life. In fact, 140 million tons of concrete are recycled every year in the United States, and you can look for a local company to help you recycle yours. You can also donate your broken concrete to a neighbor, landscaping company, or small business to use the concrete as landscaping materials or other ornamental outdoor structures.

If you decide to give the concrete to a concrete recycling company, for a small fee, they can pick up and crush your concrete into smaller pieces for it to be sold and used for other purposes. Any rebar or other metal reinforcements inside your old concrete can be sorted from the concrete after it is crushed, and the metal can be recycled as well. After the concrete is crushed into smaller pieces, the recycling company can sell it to paving companies for use as a base layer in constructing roadways. The concrete can also be sold to local building-construction companies as aggregate material. 

Use these tips to help you during your home-concrete demolition project. Contact a company such as Keith Krupenny & Son Disposal Service Inc for more information.