Getting rid of an old concrete wall or patio might seem like an easy task if you're redoing your backyard. In fact, it might seem like a great opportunity to get some aggression out, right? If you're a homeowner who needs to remove a lot of concrete, including some that has to be cut up, do not do this yourself. Cutting concrete involves more than just playing around with machinery that looks and sounds cool. You risk a long-term respiratory disorder, property damage, and potential death if you try cutting concrete when you haven't been trained properly. Professional concrete cutting services know how to do the job properly, though -- and here's a look at what they have to deal with.
One of the biggest risks in concrete cutting is that the person working with the stone will develop something called silicosis. This is a condition that can occur in people who have breathed in a lot of crystalline silica, a component of concrete. The silica normally isn't a problem unless it's let loose in the air and inhaled. It damages the lungs and creates enough scar tissue that breathing can be compromised. The condition can be deadly.
In order to prevent silicosis, people cutting concrete need to wear special respirators for which the users need to be trained. They can't just go to the hardware store and buy a face mask. They also need other safety equipment like face guards, especially if they're using equipment like demo saws, which can bounce if they contact metal objects like rebar. If a saw bounces back at you, and you don't have protective gear, you can imagine what the saw can do to your body.
Professional crews know the risks they face and how to prevent bad things from happening. You might have no idea what lurks in your yard, but a professional concrete cutting company knows they have to look out for rebar, sprinkler pipes, utility lines, electrical wiring, and other hazards.
Professional crews will be able to get the work done very quickly, and they will be able to clean up the leftover dust. While dust on the ground isn't as worrisome as dust in the air, wind can of course pick up the dust and blow it around, increasing your chances of inhaling it. Rather than making a mess of your yard and possibly your lungs, call concrete cutters and have them neatly take care of the job.Share