Chemical Demolition: No Fuss, No Muss

April 10, 2016

When you think concrete demolition, sights and sounds of big, whirring saws and blades come to mind. While it is often the case that heavy equipment has to be brought out to accomplish demolition, there is an increasing demand for the use of chemical demolition agents on construction sites. As the use of chemicals where saws would have been required in the past continues to increase, it is important to understand the benefits and practical applications. Understanding the reasons to select chemical demolition over more traditional methods will make it easier to comfortably select this emerging demolition practice.

How does Chemical Demolition Work?

Chemical demolition does not entail big explosions and sticks of dynamite. It is a process that relies upon expansive grout that is drilled into strategic areas of the concrete or rock to be removed. As the chemical agent goes to work, it expands, creating cracks and fissures in the mass. As these cracks spread, the concrete can be removed easily in small, manageable chunks.

What are the applications?

This process can be applied to nearly any large, flat demolition job. Chemical demolition is very effective when removing portions of roadway slabs. It is also effective when working on piers, foundations, or walls.

Benefits of Chemical Demolition

With a brief overview of how chemical demolition works and its applications. Let’s conclude with a discussion of its benefits. Chemical demolition should continue to become just one more tool in the toolbox for Aggregate Technologies. This process is safe, rapid, and effective. Mobilization can be quick, and there is no need to transport and assemble large saws and drill rigs. There is little to no dust and vibrations when chemical demolition is performed, making this a very effective mode of demolition for sensitive areas. This is also a very precise and selective means of demolition, allowing important areas of a structure or slab to be preserved with very little impact.
When it comes time for your next demolition job, do not hesitate to consider chemical demolition. It just may save you time, money, and headaches compared to more traditional methods.

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