With decades of experience in commercial, municipal, residential and industrial concrete work, GCS is here for your removal needs.
Do you have a project that requires concrete or asphalt to be removed and disposed of? No matter how large or small or detailed your project is, GCS has the experience and expertise to perform the work.
For large projects such as removing entire roadway sections, neighborhood rehabilitations, collector and arterial upgrades, GCS’ employees have removed millions of tonnes of asphalt and concrete road base, hundreds of thousands of sidewalk panels, and hundreds of thousands of kilometers of curb and gutter. With all this experience, we have perfected our safety, approach, and efficiency. We have experience working in high traffic areas, environmentally sensitive areas, under overhead power lines, around underground utilities, in residential zones, around schools and playgrounds, around structures, and bridges.
We also have the expertise to perform removals in highly detailed and technical scenarios. We have performed detailed removals for several major clients such as EPCOR, Telus, the City of Edmonton, PCL, Graham, and AFL. In every situation we have the tools and the experience to perform all removals without damaging existing structures, other buildings, and vehicles.
If you need a driveway removed or some old concrete sidewalks that need to find a new home, give GCS a call. We will send one of experienced employees to meet you at your home, office, or job site and provide you with a detailed explanation of how the job completed in a safe and cost-efficient manner.
GCS has all the equipment necessary to handle any removals project.
We have a wide selection of hydraulic breaker hammers that can be used on excavators, backhoes, and skidsteers. Using hydraulic breaker hammers is the most efficient method to complete removals. Hydraulic breaker hammers force a metal pin into the concrete generating tensile forces that are greater than the chemical bonds of the concrete can endure. That causes the concrete to expand and crack or “break” into smaller pieces. Once the concrete has been broken up into smaller pieces, it can be loaded into dump trucks to be disposed of. Concrete needs to be broken into smaller pieces for several reasons: Firstly, large pieces are extremely heavy and awkward. Secondly, large pieces can interlock or “jam” up in the box of dump truck causing damage. Thirdly, concrete pieces have to broken down to a maximum size to be able to fit into a concrete crusher for recycling purposes.
There are 2 downsides to using a hydraulic breaker hammer:
1. It can be very difficult to have any level of finesse in smaller and/or tight locations. Hydraulic breaker hammers are blunt instruments that cause a high level of destruction. They are clumsy in tight or sensitive spots. 2. The hydraulic hammer when it is inserted into existing concrete causes the concrete to expand laterally. This can cause unwanted damage beyond the removal limits in the form of chipping and/or cracks.
To help contain the flying debris that can often be caused by concrete breaking and removals, GCS has several methods/techniques to prevent unwanted damage. These include using skirts around the hammer itself, setting up screens to capture any flying debris within 3 ft of the hammer, and spraying water to contain the debris and dust. As well, GCS has an entire fleet of dump trucks to haul away and dispose of any concrete and asphalt that needs to be removed from your site.