If you plan to break up your old concrete patio yourself, you may want to reconsider. Although it might seem easy and cost-effective to do the project on your own, it may actually cost you more in the long run. In addition, the heavy equipment and tools used for concrete breaking may create health problems for your back, arms, and legs. Here are reasons why you shouldn't break up your patio's concrete yourself and what you can do instead.
Why Shouldn't You Do Your Own Concrete Breaking?
Whether you plan to use a sledge hammer or jackhammer, handling the equipment safely may not be an easy task, especially if you have a bad back, poor hand coordination or weakened muscle tissue in your arms and shoulders. Sledge hammers can weigh as little as 1 1/2 pounds or as much as 30 pounds, depending on their purposes and functions. To break up patio concrete, you typically need to use a 12-pound tool to accomplish the job. If you use the incorrect stance when lifting a sledge hammer or the wrong technique when swinging the tool, you may make your health problems worse.
A jackhammer is an alternative to using a manual sledgehammer and can weigh up to 100 pounds or more. In order to handle the tool, you must have strong muscles in your arms, back, and legs. You must also have the ability to control a jackhammer when it's breaking up concrete. If you lose control of the tool, you may place yourself or someone else at risk for internal and external injuries.
To avoid the problems above, find a safer and more effective way to break up your concrete.
What Can You Do Instead?
One of the things you may do is contact a concrete breaking contractor for help. The contractor can demolish, remove and discard the concrete safely. Depending on your city or state laws, it may be illegal to discard concrete or similar building materials in regular trash cans. The materials may contain hazardous chemicals and properties that endanger the environment, water, and human food. A contractor will generally know exactly how and where to discard broken concrete without creating problems with the city or state.
Also, you have a chance to discuss other projects with a contractor, such as renovating your concrete driveway. A concrete specialist may be able to examine your driveway and offer sound advice on the best way to handle the job. This is something to keep in mind when you contact a contractor for assistance.
For more details about patio concrete breaking, speak to a contractor in your area today.