Demolition Services

Demolition of buildings and structures can be required for various reasons. Sometimes smaller buildings are demolished to make way for new, larger buildings. Other times the structural stability of a building has deteriorated and for safety reasons it needs to be demolished. Buildings and structures have a lifespan known as design life. Once a structure has reached its design life it either needs to be reconstructed, remodeled or demolished.


Demolition Process

Demolition can be a dangerous task if you don’t know what you are doing or don’t have the proper equipment. It is always recommended to hire a professional for your demolition needs. A professional will have the proper permits, equipment and knowledge to safely and effectively demolish your building. There are procedures that must be followed to properly demolish a building.

  1. Surveying: Before any destruction begins a professional will survey the building and it’s surrounding areas first. The condition of the building along with what construction materials will be noted. The neighboring buildings, pedestrian and traffic flows also have to be considered during the process to ensure a safe demolition. There also needs to be a sweep for any hazardous materials that could be breached during the demolition process.
  2. Removal of Hazardous Materials: During the surveying step any hazardous materials will have been found and noted of. Things such as asbestos minerals or petroleum contamination will require another professional to come and safely remove the hazards.
  3. Preparation for Demolition: During this step a detailed plan is drawn up to illustrate each step along the way. This plan includes the location of the building to be demolished (we don’t want to tear down the wrong one!), and the distance between the building and its neighboring structures and streets. The plan will also include the sequence of demolition including what parts and how they will be demolished.
  4. Safety Measures: The final step before any demolition takes place is to ensure the safety of the demolition crew and the public. The crew is briefed on the process, the methods to be used and any potential hazards. Safety fences and signs will be posted if necessary to notify the public.

Demolition Methods

Depending on the structure that’s being demolished and the surrounding areas, different methods can be used. There are non-explosive and explosive methods, most commonly a combination will be used to effectively demolish a building. A common myth is that demolition fills up our landfills with unnecessary debris. However, most, if not all demolition companies, make a conscious effort to preserve materials to recycle and reuse. Two-thirds of US steel production comes from salvaged steel. Common demolition methods include:

  • Sledge Hammers
  • Jack Hammers
  • Excavators
  • Bulldozers
  • Wrecking Balls
  • High Reach Excavators
  • Implosion
Demolition Methods

A professional is needed for all of these methods. Not only are permits required but proper training is necessary for the safety of all of those involved. You want to be sure that the new structure to be built has a clear, safe and ready space to be built. If you have questions about the demolition process or have some demolishing needs of your own CONTACT US to get started.