Cement board is used as the flooring material of your home, but removing a battered board is one of the hardest demolition job that you can face. This is because cement boards are set in your home for life. However, the cracks found on the boards can pose a lot of health risks since they can host abundant microscopic pests such as mold, mildew and dust mites. If you have a cement board that you want to remove for the sake of the health of your household, follow the steps below to do the job yourself.
Tools and Materials
- Crow bar
- Garden spade
- Soap and water solution
- Heavy-duty brush
- Pair of working gloves
Step 1 - Break the Cement Board
Before you go about hammering cement boards, it is important that you wear safety goggles and a pair of working gloves to protect your eyes and hands from any loose and sharp debris. Use a hammer and a chisel to break the cement board. Start at the edge of the board or on areas that are already loosened. Force the chisel on the cement, and tap it with a hammer to produce cracks. Do this procedure carefully to prevent any accidents.
Step 2 - Pry The Loose Cement Board
Once the cement boards are already loose, pry it open using a crow bar and a garden spade. While doing this process, it is wise to work with an assistant to help you pull the crow bar and garden spade inserted from the cement board. If there are still several parts of the boards that are loose, use the chisel and the hammer to pound the stubborn boards and loosen them up. Repeat this process until you have removed almost all of the board from the floor.
Step 3 - Clean The Entire Area
To check whether all of the cement boards are removed, clean the entire area using a heavy duty brush. Once the area has been cleaned, check whether there are still cement boards that adhere on the floor. If there are, use the hammer to pound on it to pulverize the stubborn debris. Sweep the area again to remove the remnants of the cement.
Step 4 - Disinfect The Area
Since a loose cement board can serve as home to millions of microorganisms like mold, mildews and dust mites, it is important that you disinfect the area. To do this, wash the area with a soap and water solution to clean out dusts, germs and other debris. Let it dry before you apply bleach or other brand of disinfectant of your choice. Let it sit for an hour before you scrub the entire area clean.