When your driveway is more cracks and potholes than actual concrete, you may finally decide that it is time to get rid of your existing driveway surface and replace and repave it. However, what you may not know is how to get rid of your current driveway in order to get your new one installed. There are several different methods that you can use for concrete breaking. Get to know more about some of these methods including what supplies and equipment you will need in order to get your driveway repaving project underway as soon as possible.
Jackhammer The Concrete Into Moveable Pieces
The most common method that you can use to get rid of your current driveway is to use a jackhammer to break it apart. This is an effective concrete breaking method to get your driveway broken apart into pieces that can be lifted out and hauled away.
Jackhammering your concrete driveway is certainly a labor intensive process. You will need to either hire a demolition crew or rent a jackhammer from a construction equipment rental company. If you choose to do it yourself, you will need gloves, protective eyewear and possibly a face mask to prevent breathing in the dust that flies up when you are breaking the concrete.
Keeping control of the jackhammer can be challenging and you will likely need to take several breaks in between pieces that you break apart. Also, be careful not to drill holes instead of cracks in the concrete. If you drill a hole, you may run the risk of getting the jackhammer stuck which will make the whole process even more difficult.
Non-Combustive Demolition Agents
Another option that you may want to consider when you need to break your original concrete driveway away before installing your new one is known as a non-combustive demolition agent. These products will break apart your concrete without you needing to use a jackhammer or sledgehammer and is also an alternative to explosive demolition.
These agents are chemical agents that cause a reaction with the elements in the concrete. They will break apart the bonds in the concrete rendering it essentially a dust or small gravel-like substance that can be swept away. This eases the process for you as you will not need to do any heavy lifting of concrete slabs.
If you are worried about the environmental impact of chemical agents, there are options that are specifically made to be eco-friendly. This will ensure that the soil around your driveway and any plant life or animal life in the vicinity will not be negatively impacted.
Now that you know a few of the options available to you for concrete breaking, you can get started on your driveway repaving project as soon as possible.
Hire contractors, such as form Garrett Concrete Cutting, Coring & Sawing Inc - Chino, for professional help.