How to Break Up Concrete with Chemicals | Concrete Demolition Methods

How to Break Up Concrete with Chemicals | Concrete Demolition Methods

How to Break Up Concrete with Chemicals | Concrete Demolition Methods


How to Break Up Concrete with Chemicals | Concrete Demolition Methods

Concrete Demolition Methods

Concrete is an exceedingly durable mixture. Their strength is designed to last for centuries. The need to demolish or remove concrete slab or structure often arises for many different reasons that may be due to a defect to it or undertaking a renovation or a complete refurbishment. Knowing which methods can be used for the concrete demotion or break up process is critical to ensure that no damage is done to the surrounding surfaces.

Here are a few methods;

Using Chemical to Demolish Concrete Structure

How to Break Up Concrete with Chemicals

Several chemicals are available in the building and construction market that can be used to soften or break up the hardened concrete to make it easier to remove it. These chemicals are applied to drill holes or gaps in the concrete structure to ensure it gets deep into the concrete. They are highly toxic and should be used carefully to ensure that no harm results.

Example of chemicals used in break up of concrete

The chemicals in question are brand named Dexpan or Ecobust. The product is in an 11-pound bucket of the powder sells for about $40 on Amazon. All you need is a series of drill holes on the hardened concrete surface, then pour the mixed Dexpan product (with water) to fills the holes and leave it overnight. This mixture component expands as it sets up in the holes and breaks hardened concrete into smaller chunks that can be easily removed.

Another non-explosive concrete breaking chemical is shown in the video below.

Non-Explosive Concrete Cracking Agent


Using Jack Hammer

Another way of breaking up hardened concrete is Jack Hammer, and It is possible to rent a jackhammer from any equipment hire company to break up and remove concrete easily. It is especially advantageous for removing a deck that has been entirely made from a concrete slabA jackhammer can be used to break the concrete up into smaller pieces, so it is easy to remove and transport. While using a jackhammer, you should make sure that you have all the necessary protective and safety equipment (PPE)to use with it. Consider the machine’s weight, size, and vibrations to make sure t you can handle it before deciding to hire it out.

Drilling on Hardened concrete

Drilling holes deep down into the hardened concrete will weaken the structure making it easier to break it apart and remove it. Ensure to utilize a drill bit that is long enough to work as deep into the hardened concrete as possible. 

Using  Pick Axe

When it is necessary to break up and remove concrete that has been cast thickly, a pickaxe can be useful to create cracks in it. These can be used to break it up further by widening the cracks’ width with the use of a crowbar or screwdriver. Safety is essential when using this type of tool to prevent injury being caused. If it is being hired, ensure that you follow any guidelines you are given.

 How to Break Up Concrete

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