Demolition for Residential Homes

Demolition for Residential Homes

March 7, 2019

If you’re considering tearing down a building on your property, it’s important to understand how the demolition process works from start to finish. Not only will this give you a better idea of what you can expect throughout the process, but it will also help you determine the best team of demolition contractors in Toledo, OH for the job you have in mind.

Here’s a quick overview of the process of demolishing a residential home:

  • Hiring the contractor: Before any actual work can begin on the demolition, even the early planning phases, you need to have a partner hired for the process. There are likely a number of demolition contractors operating in your area. Any company you choose to work with should be licensed and insured, and you should get written proposals before you make a commitment. Then, the contract you sign should include the details of the project, a payment schedule and any other information relevant to the job.
  • Inspection: Before the home can be demolished, it should be inspected for the existence of hazardous materials, such as lead paint or asbestos. If there are any hazardous materials present, additional remediation protocols will need to be followed.
  • Salvage: As you prepare for the demolition process, go through the home and figure out if there are any salvageable materials you can hold on to. These include items that can be recycled for use in a new property, or otherwise sold or donated.
  • Turn off utilities: Obviously, you should not demolish a house that still has active utilities running. Call all the utility providers for the property, including gas, electric, water and sewer providers, and make sure everything is properly shut off and disconnected before you proceed with demolition. Otherwise you run the risk of causing a significant accident.
  • Begin physical demolition: The actual process of tearing down a building can take as little as a single day, or as long as a week or more, depending on if there are any complicating factors present (such as the existence of hazardous materials as described above). There are a couple common methods of demolishing a house:
    • Mechanical demolition is the most common form of demolition. It involves tearing down the house with heavy equipment, such as bulldozers, and hydraulic excavators that can help remove foundations. This is the most traditional form of demolition and the one you most likely think about when thinking of demolition services.
    • Deconstruction is the process of stripping a house apart piece by piece. This is typically done to salvage as many of the materials as possible. It is possible to combine this method of demolition with standard, mechanical demolition.

These are just a few things you should know about the residential demolition process. For more information, we encourage you to contact the demolition contractors in Toledo, OH at Klumm Bros., and we’ll be happy to tell you about the services we offer and which approach to the demolition process is most likely to suit your needs.

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