5 Top Benefits of HydroDemolition in Demolition ProjectsJanuary 15, 2024
Demolition projects are intricate endeavors that demand careful consideration of the methods to ensure both efficiency and safety. In more recent years, hydro demolition has emerged from the ground up as a cutting-edge technique that is revolutionizing the way we approach deconstruction and even the construction of structures. With Its popularity, this form of demolition is known for its many benefits, some of these benefits include:
Precision in Dismantling
Hydro demolition often stands out due to its unparalleled precision, especially in dismantling concrete structures. If you’ve ever used standard demolition techniques to complete your projects, you know that standard demos often can cause collateral damage to adjacent areas. Hydro demolition utilizes high-pressure water jets, to remove the carefully and selectively targeted concrete. This precision is highly valuable in projects where delicate structures exist, such as bridges, dams, and historical buildings, as well as buildings that need preservation.
Aggregate Technologies uses some of the most advanced European made equipment,
strict training, ensuring that each project is completed safely and precisely. Because this style of demolition is low impact, you’ll find that even the surrounding materials avoid damage, leaving behind what you want without impacting its longevity and structural integrity.
Minimized Vibrations and Dust
It’s no secret that traditional demo methods often generate significant vibrations. These high-impact vibrations tend to also release a lot of dust, chemicals, metals, and other dangerous components into the air. This dust and debris pose risks to the structural integrity of nearby buildings while also creating environmental hazards. When handling the demolition of concrete, hydro demolition utilizes water as the primary medium, resulting in substantially reduced vibrations and virtually no dust, which ensures a safer and cleaner work environment.
When completing the demolition of concrete, high-impact tools were often used, creating a dangerous and toxic situation. However, with our equipment, there’s less vibrations, less noise, and much less environmental impact.
Environmental sustainability is very important to many communities, and they’re starting to hold businesses accountable for the actions and choices they make. Hydro demolition minimizes the generation of waste compared to traditional demolition styles. Further, water that was used in a hydro demo project can be recycled and reused after proper water treatment, which contributes to an eco-friendly approach to demolition.
Environmental sustainability should be important to everyone, especially when it comes to preserving the structures and the neighborhoods that you thrive in. With hydro demolition, you’re able to make an easy choice to help the environment, by choosing a style of deconstruction that is low impact, promotes recycled resources, reduces materials used, and prevents the release of toxic chemicals. If the goal is to reduce embodied carbon emissions, then new approaches to concrete removal, like HydroDemolition, must be considered.
Enhanced Concrete Surface Preparation
Beyond demolition, hydro demolition excels in preparing concrete surfaces for repair and overlay applications. This advanced process leaves behind a roughened surface that enhances the adhesion of new concrete. The rebar is cleaned during the procedure, which spares time often spent sandblasting the reinforced steel. This overall process promotes the longevity and durability of the repaired structure. This extra functionality makes it a very versatile solution in projects that require both deconstruction and reconstruction.
Reduced Risk of Reinforcement Damage
One of the most critical advantages of hydro demolition for demolition of concrete is the ability to minimize the risk of damaging reinforcement structures such as rebar or post-tension cables within the concrete. This precision allows for the targeted removal of concrete without compromising the integrity of the embedded reinforcement. Typically, There are no microcracks left in the remaining structure, which allows for long-lasting repair of high quality. This is especially beneficial in projects where preserving the structural framework is paramount.
There are far too many benefits of hydro demolition, and while safety, efficiency, and precision are paramount, there are many others worth mentioning, such as:
Less Noise With hydro demolition, there’s much less noise than what you’ll normally get with a crew. Handheld pneumatic devices and concrete saws usually register around 90-100db, which is about the same as a lawnmower or snowblower. However, most hydro demolition equipment, such as typically register around 10-20db lower than traditional equipment. This noise dampening is thanks to a combination of rubber hoods, remote operations, high-quality sound engineering, and the fact that it’s such a quick process.
Speaking of hydro demo being a quick process, it’s on average 25x faster. That’s thanks to the advanced machinery and efficient precision. With this style of demolition, we’re able to move a lot of concrete or just a little bit of concrete, and we’re able to do so quickly and with accuracy & consistency you’ve likely never seen before.
Demolition often conjures up thoughts of noise, dust, and long days of heavy congestion as large machines and dense crews crowd a block. However, it doesn’t have to, not with hydro demolition. Hydro demolition offers a cleaner, safer, more efficient way to remove concrete and other materials. From unmatched precision, minimized environmental impact, and reduced vibrations, to optimal surface preparation, the advantages of hydro demolition are reshaping the industry’s landscape. As we continue to prioritize sustainability and efficiency in construction and deconstruction, hydro demolition stands as a beacon of innovation, showcasing the potential for a more precise, eco-friendly, and effective approach to demolition projects. When you choose hydro demolition, you choose a method that will make your concrete repairs last up to three times longer. There is wisdom in thinking ahead!