A Guide To Concrete Demolition In Edmonton

Are you looking for concrete demolition services, but you’re not quite sure what’s involved? 

Before undergoing any concrete project, you should make sure you have a handle on precisely what’s needed to get the job done right. 

Here’s what to expect for your next concrete demolition project and how to find a company you can trust. 

demolition of concrete

Do you need concrete demolition?

Before moving forward with a concrete demolition project, ensure that demolition is the best course of action to fix the problem(s) in question. 

Usually, if the concrete has large cracks and chips, it is better to replace it than repair it rather than filling it. 

But a smaller crack on a residential sidewalk or patio, for instance, can usually be patched or filled in without heavy-duty equipment. 

You will require concrete demolition with: 

  • Larger cracks 
  • Deeper fissures 
  • Concrete settlement or sinking 
  • A surface that carries heavy loads
  • Concrete that has moved due to natural forces (e.g., frost)  
  • Concrete has a high volume of pits or cracks 
  • Add-ons or rebuilds
  • Removal of an old building 
  • Faulty construction
  • Long-term improvements on a street or driveway  

A reputable concrete contractor can help to assess your property and honestly answer your questions about the project. 

Concrete Demolition

What happens during concrete demolition?  

There are four critical steps in the overall plan of any demolition project. All elements work together to ensure the project is completed efficiently, on time, and safely.

Here’s how a professional concrete demolition company works to get the job done right. 

1. Survey and Prep the Area

A concrete contractor should always do a thorough survey of the area in question to understand exactly what needs to be done and check for hazards. 

A survey of the area should include:

  • Using ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to check for hazards 
  • Creating a detailed layout of the building to be demolished and surrounding property
  • Inventorying all construction materials required 
  • Assessing the potential impact of demolition on surrounding or adjoined buildings
  • Accessing diagrams all utility lines, water lines, drainage, etc.

2. Develop a Concrete Demolition Plan for the Client

After surveying the building, the demolition contractor will produce a detailed demolition plan for the client. The contractor should do it in such a way that it creates minimal disruption for the client. 

The plan should include: 

  • A step-by-step procedure for removing the structure 
  • Initial steps to remove any potentially hazardous materials before major demolition, such as asbestos.
  • Demolition methods 
  • Safety protocols  
  • Debris disposal plan
  • Detailed project completion timeline
  • Assess the amount of concrete that needs removal 
  • Confirm the tools and equipment that are needed 
  • Confirm permits and licensing 

A good demolition contractor should offer the client a clear and appropriate plan for getting the job done on time and safely.  

3. Execute Concrete Demolition

Once we have surveyed the building and produced the demolition plan, the client has signed off on the project, and hazardous materials removed, demolition can begin. 

Equipment likely required includes:  

  • Shovel
  • Bulldozers
  • excavators
  • Jackhammer/Sledgehammer 
  • Pry bar
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Truck/trailer 

Your concrete demolition company will start by digging out the base under the concrete, about a foot around the area and a couple of inches deep. 

Then they will use tools to break the concrete apart and break down those pieces for removal. 

A skid steer may be needed to move the pieces to a truck or trailer. 


4. Clean Up & Follow Up 

We do our best to make sure we clear all debris and haul heavy pieces away for you. We will also do follow-up checks and inspections as needed. 

Note that companies usually use a truck or trailer to haul the pieces to the nearest landfill or dump, and there is a charge for this. Ask ahead whether they include concrete removal in the service.

We will dispose of the concrete in an environmentally safe manner.

Choose the Right Edmonton Concrete Demolition Company 

Walser Contracting has been providing expert concrete contractor and demolition services in Edmonton and Alberta since 2006. 

We have worked on several large-scale projects, including the Edmonton Airport and the Edmonton LRT system. 

Click here to view other projects and the major construction companies that we have partnered with.   

If you are looking for a demolition company in Edmonton, or have questions about an upcoming project, contact Walser Contracting by clicking the link or calling 780.721.3405!

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Concrete Cutting & Coring Services
15C Alberta Ave, PO Box 3816,
Spruce Grove, AB T7X 3B1

Monday to Friday: 6:30am to 4:00

Call: 780-721-3405
Email: walserltd@gmail.com

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