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Tips for concrete removal in Melbourne

If you are looking for someone you can hire for concrete removal in Melbourne, you should first educate yourself about everything you need to know about breaking up concrete. Being able to know how it works will help you in making a good decision.

Concrete Removal - Melbourne Victoria

Here are some tips on concrete removal that you should always keep in mind:

  • Make sure that you know what is under the surface of the concrete before you decide to break it up and let the workers start the project. If you have noticed that there are just concrete on the bottom edges of the concrete pad, then you can conclude that the amount of concrete used is minimised and it can be easier to break up. You can either do it by yourself or hire a professional to do it for you.
  • However, if you have found wire instead of overflowing concrete just beneath the surface, it just means that the job should be quite You will be needed a reciprocating saw in cutting the wire so that you can still demolish the concrete. Cutting the wire is essential because it helps the workers to do their work much easier and when they are near to completion of the task, all they need to do is to pick up the remaining wire to remove it all.
  • Make sure that you also cut the re-bar, especially if it’s been attached to the foundation of the house. You can use the reciprocating saw again and make sure that you tell the workers that when cutting the re-bar, as much as possible, it should be very close to the wall.
  • As much as possible, let them use a spud bar in the process of breaking the concrete up and pair it with a jackhammer. Tell them that it’s so much better just to jam the end of the spud bar that is formed using the jackhammer. After that, they should use their both hands in using the leverage in prying large chunks of the concrete from the pad underneath to complete the removal.
  • Always tell them that they should be extra careful when they are lifting larger chunks of the concrete because it usually leads to serious injuries. In lifting it up, one must start to bend straight down at the knees and he will be using his both legs in lifting it up, do not use the back because it can make an awkward position, and you’ll not be comfortable lifting it up aside from the fact that you might find it hard to.
  • Also, orient your workers that it doesn’t matter if the concrete is about to fall, tell them not to save it anymore because it can cause some serious injuries. It’s okay to spend a little bit more time in picking up the pieces of concrete than trying to save it and risking their safety while they are working. The last thing that you wanted to experience is getting your workers injured while they are working.

Important: If you are unsure of the regulations for removing or disposing of concrete, make sure to check out your state’s laws and regulations.

Conclusion

Thanks for reading my 6 tips for concrete removal. For more information speak to a specialist concrete removal provider about the best way to dispose of concrete in your area.

10 Reasons Trav’s Trees Recommend You Remove Your Tree Stumps.

Travis at Trav’s Tree Services in Melbourne has been my go-to Arborist for everything from Tree Removal in my backyard to our most recent job, removing an old tree stump so we can install a fence.

Tree Stump Removal

Trav’s Trees Advice on Tree Stump Removal

While chatting with Travis I asked him if he could give me 10 reasons to remove your old tree stumps so I could feature it on my blog. These are the 10 reasons Travis from Trav’s Tree Services recommends you always opt for tree stump removal over leaving your old stumps in the ground.

When thinking about remodeling and changing the scenery of your back or front lawn, trees are a very important thing to keep in mind. They are an essential part of any environment, providing us with many benefits and keeping us safe, as well as creating a beautiful scenery in the concrete jungle that is the modern cityscape.

Apart from their vital roles in the ecosystem, sometimes trees can unfortunately become obstructions in the way of different types of development. Landscaping for example might require the move or cut down of trees, while some old stumps can potentially become hazards for people and property. If that’s the case, said greenery can be removed by professionals, making sure the best actions are taken, both for the people and the fauna. But sometimes, removal means cutting down the trunk and leaving the stump.

Surely, we’ve all seen such remnants turned into works of art, and they can be both impressive and wildly creative. But when the stumps need to go as well, that’s when the problems arise.

Tree stump removal

Heavy Equipment removing a tree stumpDepending on the company you work with, some of the professionals in the tree maintenance business would usually leave the root, for one of various reasons:

  • It is much harder to dig it out than just cutting down the tree
  • It is a costlier procedure
  • In involves a lot of work, which might not be included in the cost of the initial operation
  • It can sometimes involve landscaping aspects, which might not be covered by the company
  • It involves specialized equipment, that some companies might not have

When this happens, the decision to leave the stump or remove it should be based on a few key aspects:

  • Is it dangerous to anyone?
  • Is it in the way?
  • Can it become some sort of obstacle?
  • Does it take up important space?

Usually, the older the stump is, the easier it can be removed. A younger tree means more powerful and even longer roots, while an older tree’s roots might even be rotten in some places, helping with the removal. Its size is also an important factor, because a small tree will obviously leave behind an easier to remove stump.

Ways to remove a tree stump

In case you feel you could remove a stump yourself, here are some DIY methods that can help you in this endeavour.

  • Grind it away
  • Burn it (not recommended)
  • Dig it out
  • Use special chemicals to destroy it
  • Accelerate its rotting process

Why should a tree stump be removed?

cutting a tree stump at ground levelAs mentioned before, a stump can become an obstruction, depending on location, age, the space it takes up and so on. There are various reasons why people might want a stump gone, and unless you feel like transforming it into a beautiful work of art, chances are it will just take up space, unnecessarily.

 

All this considered, here are the top 10 reasons why a tree stump should be removed:

  1. It can be dangerous. As stated above, depending on the tree’s age and size, as well as its location, a stump can become hazardous for people and animal life.
  2. It can be in the way of a developing project or any landscaping endeavour you might have.
  3. It can take up quite a lot of space.
  4. Some of them can look unpleasant, depending on their location.
  5. It might become an occasional or recurring obstacle.
  6. Depending on the initial tree, some stumps might even grow into a new tree, and if you really wanted that initial greenery out of the way, this might be an anticlimactic situation.
  7. Following the same idea as above, stumps can steal nutrients from the soil, hindering the development of other plants as well.
  8. Depending on its age and rot degree, it can become a breeding ground for insects and other vermin.
  9. It can even damage different tools. Depending on its location, size and density, these stumps can damage gardening tools and equipment, if forgotten.
  10. They can harbour diseases, which might in turn affect other plant life, or even humans.

Therefore, a tree stump can become a big problem for many people. Considering all the factors mentioned here, in case you decide that leftover stump is more of an obstacle than anything in your garden, you might want to assess the situation and either try one of the aforementioned methods of removal or call in a professional like Travis Garden that can provide professional tree stump removal for you.

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Lily Watson

Lily Watson

I love to have fun writing and cover a range of topics all about renovating, remodeling, landscaping and genuinely trying to encourage people to get out and enjoy your space!

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