How Concrete Is Removed and How Much It Costs

concrete removal with a jackhammer

Updated September 1, 2022

Concrete is everywhere—in our driveways, patios, porches, sidewalks, walkways, foundations, slabs, and more.

Inevitably, it will need to be removed and replaced at some point, and when that day comes, you'll want to know what to expect and how much it costs.

But before going ahead with removing the concrete, you may want to consider repairing the damaged concrete rather than completely replacing it.

If the concrete...

  • has cracked and been repaired before
  • has cracks wider/deeper than two inches
  • is sunken in some areas will need to be replaced.

If your concrete is free of these red flags, a repair is usually the more cost-efficient option. 

However, if you do need to have your concrete removed, familiarize yourself with the process and how much it generally costs.

How Concrete Removal Works

use a dumpster to dispose of concrete

First, a city inspector will need to determine if utility lines run under your concrete, and if so, how deep they run.

If they could be affected by the removal, they will need to be avoided with care.

This step is key because if you happen to damage any utility lines, you'll be the one left footing the bill, and—spoiler alert!—it won't be cheap.

Make sure you have a debris disposal plan in place before starting the actual demolition work.

Sometimes, the contractor handling the concrete removal will arrange for the dumpster for you, but make sure you confirm this with them during the initial quoting process.

If they don't handle debris disposal, this will be an additional cost for you to consider.

If you are responsible for debris disposal, renting a dumpster is probably your best option. Learn more about clean loading your dumpster with concrete and how much you can expect to pay for your dumpster.

With your dumpster delivered and ready to go, the demolition can begin.

The primary tools used for breaking up concrete include a skid steer loader or excavator with a jackhammer attachment, or just a good old-fashioned jackhammer.

Keep reading: Concrete Demolition & Removal: Everything Homeowners Need to Know

How Much Concrete Removal Costs

concrete removal equipment

On average, concrete removal costs roughly $2 - $6 per square foot, but this will vary depending on the complexity of the project, how easy the concrete is to access with equipment, where you live, and who you hire.

Let's take a closer look at specific, real-life concrete removal projects and their prices to get a better idea of what your project will cost.


Concrete Driveway Removal Costs

Location Size Total Cost
Cary, NC 150 sq. ft. $900
Grand Rapids, MI 160 sq. ft. $450
Baltimore, MD 200 sq. ft. $600
Bellevue, WA 300 sq. ft. $5,000
Seattle, WA 360 sq. ft. $1,450
St. Petersburg, FL 400 sq. ft. $800
Hayward, CA 450 sq. ft. $1,100
Humble, TX 875 sq. ft. $1,900
Long Beach, CA 500 sq. ft. $850
Deer Park, TX 700 sq. ft. $1,900
Brentwood, CA 1,248 sq. ft. $2,496
South Lake, TX 3,000 sq. ft. $3,750

Concrete Sidewalk Removal Costs

Location Size Total Cost
Oak Lawn, IL 162 sq. ft. $650
Dallas, TX 163 sq. ft. $5,000
Massack, CA 200 sq. ft. $1,100
Fort Worth, TX 377 sq. ft. $1,200

Concrete Foundation & Concrete Slab Removal Costs

Location Size ↑ Total Cost
Grand Rapids, MI 160 sq. ft. $450
Charlotte, NC 185 sq. ft. $7,500
Marietta, GA 200 sq. ft. $2,000
Lakeville, MN 288 sq. ft. $1,900
Santa Ana, CA 400 sq. ft. $2,000
Warren, NH 864 sq. ft. $1,800
Fort Worth, TX 2,600 sq. ft. $3,900

Learn more: Concrete Driveway Removal Cost Guide: Pricing Information You Should Know

How to Find the Right Person for the Job

Although it's possible to remove concrete yourself, when done incorrectly, it can cause expensive damage.

That's why hiring a qualified, experienced professional is always the recommended method.

Make sure you choose the right concrete removal contractor for your project.

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Find a concrete removal contractor near you