Many homeowners renovate their homes for better curb appeal. They realize that renovated homes look good and have higher property values. They can sell the renovated property for more money or charge more rent if entering the rental property business.
If concrete needs to be removed for your home renovation project, then you may consider starting the project yourself instead of hiring a professional. You may be tempted to pick up the phone and call your friends for help and offer to pay them with food and drink. Later, you may rent equipment and tools even if you have little experience working with them.
Perhaps you want satisfaction from completing the concrete removal job yourself with your friends or maybe you’re simply interested in saving some money. Either way, if you don’t have the experience or skills to do the task yourself, you may face a huge repair bill.
Without training, it’s easy to make an expensive mistake. For example, cutting at the wrong angle with a power saw can result in infrastructural damage. If this happens, your insurance company will be hesitant to help pay for the repairs.
You could also get injured. There may be different pipes under the concrete that are important to your home. The pipes could be passing electricity, gas, or water. Depending on the type of pipe, you may experience some unfortunate consequences if you make a costly error.
Amateurs using a concrete saw, or a concrete drill have been known to hurt themselves and their friends. Some have lost limbs. Keep in mind that when concrete is cut, fragments fly. They can damage property and people. For example, a flying piece of concrete in the kitchen can shatter a mirror or pierce an expensive appliance. It can also end up in someone’s eye. In an emergency, you may not have the training or equipment to react in time before the situation gets worse.
That’s not all. When concrete is cut, a speck of harmful dust called crystalline silica is released. You’re unlikely to have the equipment or training to safely deal with this. If inhaled for prolonged periods, the dust can lead to breathing issues. In the long term, it can result in a fatal illness like lung cancer. It can also irritate your skin, nose, and mouth. If you haven’t taken safety measures in the kitchen before starting the project, it could end up in your food and water.
Finally, after the project is complete, you will have to clean everything up yourself. This can be the most frustrating part of the concrete cutting process. It’s unlikely that you have the tools or training to safely dispose of the waste. Keep in mind that this waste can be hazardous for the environment if it’s not recycled.
These are a few reasons why most homeowners hire professionals from experienced concrete companies that can get the job done. Such companies have the skills, training, certification, experience and equipment to complete the task safely and to your satisfaction.
So, the next time you want to experiment with a concrete cutting project, hire the professionals instead. You can sit back and relax without worrying about something going wrong.