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Storm Shelter Removal: How & Why We Do It

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Why We Remove Old Storm Shelters

I know what you’re thinking…why would anyone need storm shelter removal services in Oklahoma? 

Storm shelters don’t last forever. In most cases, the storm shelters are over 25 years old don’t meet current FEMA guidelines. 

There are several circumstances that can make homeowners want to get rid of old storm shelters, but the most common are:

  1. It’s already collapsing and it’s an eyesore or danger
  2. It’s full of water and has become a mosquito magnet
  3. It’s in the way of where you’re wanting to build something
  4. It’s an old DIY shelter and there’s no way anyone can convince you to get in it.

A lot of our customers schedule a new storm shelter installation for the same day because nobody wants to be without a storm shelter in Oklahoma.

Over the last several years, we’ve helped several homeowners with storm shelter removal. Some shelters are easier to remove than others, but we’ve never run into one that we couldn’t make disappear. In this post, we are going to show you a few of the storm shelters we’ve removed and why these homeowners chose to have them removed.

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The Process

Before we start, we always call OKIE 811. Even though we aren’t technically digging a new hole, we play it safe because we never know if there’s a buried utility line close enough to matter.

Once it’s caved in, we fill it with dirt and you won’t be able to tell it was ever there.

Depending on the size of the storm shelter, location of your house and space we are working in, this process typically takes us anywhere from 5-8 hours from start to finish.

Storm Shelter Demolitions

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This storm shelter in Verden, Oklahoma was in bad shape and already collapsing. We installed a new storm shelter right next to the old one on the same day and used the dirt from the new installation to fill in the hole from the one we collapsed, which ended up saving our customer over $200.

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This old storm shelter in Moore, Oklahoma was full of water and had become a mosquito magnet in this customer’s back yard. We were only able to access this one because it was a corner lot.

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This storm shelter in Piedmont, Oklahoma was definitely the most unique in all the storm shelters we’ve collapsed over the years. The homeowner called us to come check out a random hole in her yard. Her husband almost fell in while he was mowing. It turned out to be a storm shelter. This storm shelter was one of the toughest we’ve ever had to collapse, but after several hours, it came apart and we got it filled in.

Before and After Examples of Our Work

storm shelter demolition in shamrock texas before and after
old concrete storm shelter removal bethany oklahoma
concrete storm shelter removal mustang oklahoma

Why Choose Sprague’s Backhoe For the Job?

Homeowners call us for storm shelter removal services because we:

  1. are highly skilled
  2. offer the highest degree of customer satisfaction
  3. have almost 2 decades of experience in heavy equipment operation
  4. are properly insured, licensed & bonded

7 Reasons Our Customers Love Us and You Will Too

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