Concrete And Mechanicals: 3 Tips To Deal With Concrete For The Mechanical Installations In Basement Remodeling
When you are ready to start finishing your basement, mechanical systems are important. You will need plumbing, electrical and HVAC. In the basement, there is one problem that will always seem to get in the way; the concrete foundation. The concrete slab and foundation footings will need to be cut, demoed and repaired. Here are some tips to help deal with concrete that gets in the way when you finish your basement:
1. Plan and Decide Where Concrete Will Be in The Way of Mechanical Systems
Before you start cutting away concrete, you will want to carefully plan mechanical installations. Some of the mechanicals systems that would go in walls can instead be put in concrete since you are going to need a slab cutting service, such as Concrete Coring Company, to remove the concrete anyway. Consider installing conduits to run cables for electrical, sound, security and automation systems in addition to the plumbing. Cutting the concrete will allow you to run these wiring installations across open spaces. This uses less materials and improves performance of cable and wire installations.
2. Cutting and Removing Old Concrete to Prepare for The Installation of Mechanical Systems
Once you have planned on what you want to do for mechanical systems in your basement, you will be ready to have a slab cutting service remove concrete. Once the concrete has been cut, you will need to remove the sections. Have the concrete cutting service cut the materials in manageable sections that can easily be removed and handled by hand.
3. Putting the Concrete Back Together After Mechanical Systems Have Been Installed
There are a few things that you will want to consider when having the concrete repaired. If you have conjunction boxes beneath the slab were wiring splits to different areas, have a piece of the old concrete slab cut to make them accessible. The old concrete can be used for a top for different areas beneath the slab where you need access for maintenance and repairs of mechanical systems. In addition, when removing the old concrete, save the aggregate materials (gravel) beneath the concrete. Reusing aggregate will help to cut down on costs for the repairs.
These are a few tips that will help you get the concrete work done to install the mechanical installations in your basement. Contact a slab sawing service to help with precision cuts for the installation of mechanical systems in your basement finishing project.