Concrete Drilling: Keeping the Environment in Check

With a bit of dexterity, you can successfully drill small holes into concrete walls—provided you have the right drill (preferably a hammer drill). But when it is time to perform complex jobs such as cutting into concrete foundations to install new electricity cables or water pipes, you will need more powerful equipment and experienced hands, and this is where the professionals come in. Concrete drilling is a job that can cause a lot of environmental pollution if potential hazards are ignored. Here is what a professional can do to ensure your project does not impact adversely on the environment.

Controlling noise

Anyone who has tried to cut through concrete foundations will tell you that noise pollution is one of the biggest issues associated with the job. As drilling operations are ongoing, loud, continuous noises are produced, and this can cause a lot of public complaints.

When working for you, concrete cutting contractors will do everything possible to minimise the noises being produced onsite. This is particularly important when project locations are near residential housing or workplaces where noise disturbances are least welcomed. By using diamond-tipped drills instead of hammer drills, for example, your contractor will drastically cut down noise levels within the neighbourhood. This is because the diamond drills are designed for quieter operation as compared to the conventional hammer drills.

If your building is located in an area with strict noise pollution laws, your concrete cutter can also advise you on the best time to perform the project. For example, they can recommend that the job be done in winter and not in summer when most people prefer to stay outdoors and therefore tend to be more easily disturbed by noise pollution.

Reducing the amount of dust in the air

To reduce the high volume of dust that is often released into the air during large concrete drilling projects, your concrete cutter can use top-class techniques like wet cutting. Using concrete cutting saws equipped with water supply ports, the contractor can water down the dust produced as they go on with the job. But before they can opt for the wet cutting method, the professional will need to make sure water supply is available onsite, and that the water source can be drained.

Even if your concrete cutter does not have a concrete saw armed with the wet cutting capability, they can assign another worker to provide the water needed for the job from a portable storage tank. This can be difficult to achieve if you are working alone and have no extra pair of hands to help you with any of the tasks.