Concrete cutting is by no means an easy process. There’s a lot of complexity involved, and it requires a precise and experienced hand to do it properly. Not only does it require experience and precision, though, because safety is also going to be a major concern when getting cutting. If concrete cutting doesn’t get done the right way, there are potential dangers that could be lurking.
For a lot of people’s houses, you’ll find a concrete foundation slab around the basement. This slab helps to cover up the plumbing lines. If you don’t account for this concrete slab during the concrete cutting process, it can result in plumbing lines getting destroyed. The damage is especially pronounced when inflicted on older buildings and plumbing lines. Damaged plumbing lines will compromise a house’s water supply, and structural damage can also be a byproduct of accidentally hitting these lines.
This is something to know when working on larger commercial buildings or on structures that house multiple families at once. These buildings will usually include telephone, network, and cable lines, which tend to be found underneath concrete surfaces such as walls. These systems tend to be fluid, meaning you can compromise the entire system even if you cut only one wire. This can result in extremely expensive repairs, and it can drastically slow down the progression of a construction project.
An electrical current can hurt someone very quickly if you aren’t careful. If a concrete cutting saw comes into contact with an electrical line, it can put the operator’s life at risk. Both commercial and residential buildings will often have these conduits either underneath or on slabs of concrete. On top of compromising the life of the operator, a saw coming in contact with an electrical line could start a fire or cause the power to go out.
Fire Sprinkler Lines
For buildings with multiple levels, you’ll find fire sprinkler lines either just below or just above concrete slabs that support either the ceiling or the floor. Cutting these lines is very dangerous, even if the lines are clear whenever they get cut.
The lines won’t be able to bring water to the fire sprinklers and, for major supply lines, many sprinklers may end up being completely useless.
Concrete Visions Will Get The Job Done Right
Concrete Visions has been working with clients for over 25 years. Our G&M Services installers are certified with the industry’s major firestop product manufacturers. As part of our firestop service, we can assess abnormal field conditions and, with the manufacturer’s technical support assistance, provide engineering judgments in a timely fashion to comply with contract specifications. Our Field Mechanics undergo ongoing training, including mandatory monthly safety meetings, weekly Toolbox Talks where safety and equipment information is shred, and trainings on safe work standards and safety best practices.