Storm Shelter Removal: How & Why We Do It


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 20 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 two 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

Most of our customers schedule a new storm shelter installation for the same day. 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, why these homeowners chose to have them removed and how we removed each one.

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The Storm Shelter Removal 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. 

We never know how easy or hard the removal will be until we get started. Some of the storm shelters we’ve dealt with have been pretty tough. Most of the time we can collapse it with the backhoe, but sometimes we need the help of a jackhammer. 

Once we get the top and sides of the shelter collapsed, we bring in fill dirt to fill in the hole. Depending on the size of the storm shelter, this can be anywhere from 1-5 loads. Some homeowners opt to use a nicer dirt, like top soil, on the very top layer once the hole is filled in. It’s completely optional, but it is something that we do offer.

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 3-6 hours. 

Storm Shelter Removal & Demolition

Here are some pictures of a few of the storm shelters we’ve collapsed and filled in.

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 $150.

storm shelter removal

storm shelter removal

This old storm shelter in Moore, Oklahoma was full of water and had become a mosquito magnet. We collapsed this shelter easily with the backhoe. 

storm shelter removal

storm shelter removal

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. We determined it was a storm shelter after poking around. 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.

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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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