The Demolition Process

Whether you are talking about a single-level home or a giant skyscraper in a busy downtown area, the demolition process follows many detailed steps. What is the demoltion process? And what does the demolition timeline look like? We will talk about what all is involved in demolition by looking at the various steps and explaining in detail about each.

1. Conduct a Building Survey

A building survey is conducted to answer any questions needed before deciding on a demolition method: Which construction materials in the building are to be demolished? Are there safety hazards present? And are there nearby or attached buildings being affected? Do you have any drainage issues? Will this affect nearby neighbors negatively?

2. Conduct a Structural Survey of the Building

A survey will determine the construction style of the building and if there are underground tanks present or a basement. Structural issues of the building will be considered before a demolition option is decided on.

3. Removal of Any Hazardous Materials

Any hazardous materials must be removed before demolition. Asbestos removal is required, if present. If there’s wastewater from poor drainage, that will be removed. Chemicals or flammable materials are removed as well.

4. Draft a Demolition Plan

A thorough demolition plan will be given that should include clear illustrations with precise measurements. These will include measurements of the building and the surrounding nearby areas, access for a wrecking ball if needed, structural information of the building, a safety plan for public protection, debris cleanup, and a time frame plan.

5. Determine the Best Demolition Method

Depending on the building and the area around it, the best demolition method will be chosen. Various types include excavation demolition, wrecking ball demolition, or a combination of both. The structure survey will determine the best method for your demolition project. The safety of the public and the workers is of the utmost importance.

6. Securing Demolition Permits

Getting the proper permits for a demolition project is an important step. Knowledgeable people in this industry will be important in the process. Permits are the primary reason projects get delayed, so this step is vital.

7. Safety Measures

Safety is important during the demolition project. Ask all the questions you have during the project. The demolition team will have detailed answers, demonstrate knowledge and use caution when addressing all safety concerns.

8. Perform Demolition

Once the planning is mapped out and the necessary permits are obtained, it’s time to do the job. The demolition is usually the shortest part of the entire process. Safety and pre-planning ensure that this step goes smoothly.

9. Removal of the Demolition Debris

Much of the demolished building is salvaged and repurposed. The unusable parts of the now-demolished building are hauled away and removed in a safe and timely manner. The new building project will be coming soon.

Following these safety steps concerning planning, obtaining permits, and protecting the demolition company employees will ensure a smooth demolition project.