How To Get Rid Of The Old Backyard Concrete Tennis Court From Your New House
If you have purchased a new home, and the previous owners were tennis fanatics who had their own personal court, then you've got a big job ahead of you. Unless you are also tennis enthusiasts who want the court, it should be removed. There's no reason to have a huge slab of concrete in your backyard. It could be better suited as a large green space to have a picnic table and chairs, area for an inground pool, or your own vegetable garden. The problem, though, is that a huge concrete area such as a tennis court (or basketball court, same problem applies) is difficult to remove. Here is what you will need to do in order to get the job done.
Arrange For A Dumpster To Be Delivered To Your Site
When the concrete court is being broken up, the debris needs to go somewhere. It can't be placed out at the curb because it's considered construction debris. You will need a special company to come and take it away. An easy way to deal with this is to have a company drop off a small dumpster. These are placed on your property and then, when the demolition is finished and all the broken chunks of concrete, rebar, and other materials are safely inside, the company will come and cart off the dumpster. This will leave your property clean of any scrap.
Contact A Contractor Who Has Experience With Exterior Demolition
You could get out there with a sledgehammer, but that's backbreaking work. Moreover, in many cases the courts were laid using rebar. This is a special metal bar that is used to create a structural gridwork that helps the concrete remain strong. When you're smashing up concrete that has rebar in it, you have to also cut the rebar metal. This requires a circular saw with special blades. It's just easier to have an exterior demolition contractor come in and handle the whole job.
Experts in exterior demolition have jackhammers (which are much faster than sledgehammers) and also the special saws that will cut through the rebar with ease.
Prep Your Home Ahead Of Time
You want to make sure that your house is ready for when the demolition begins. This means you should remove any tables, chairs, or outside furniture from your yard. Perhaps more importantly, speak with the contractors about what you should do about your windows. If there is going to be a lot of dust from the jackhammer, then you should cover the rear windows with plastic tarp. This will help prevent concrete dust from hitting and potentially scratching the glass.