Commercial demolition can be a long and complicated process. Demolition contractors should always be meticulous about employee and environmental safety during the project, or they may risk losing their business license. Let’s take a closer at some tips and tricks to ensure your commercial demolition project goes as smoothly as possible.
Always Hire A Professional Company
It goes without saying that you should always hire an experienced, licensed and insured contractor for your demolition project. Commercial demolition requires extensive hands-on experience and should not be done just by anyone!
Limit Exposure To Harmful Substances
A plethora of dangers is associated with any demolition project. One of which is exposure to hazardous materials, especially when dealing with older buildings. If you have a commercial structure built before the 1980s, you should hire a trained professional to perform an asbestos inspection before demolition work. If asbestos is present, a certified inspector will provide you with an evaluation of where it is, how much there is and recommendations for safe removal. Once the asbestos removal is completed, make sure to get written assurance from the contractor that they followed all regulations. We also recommend asking a certified asbestos inspector to ensure there are not any asbestos fibres in the air.
Other substances such as lead paint, wood dust and synthetic metal fibres are also major health concerns for both you and your contractors. If you’re not sure of the materials present in your commercial building, we strongly suggest working with a commercial demolition professional to prepare for and monitor the presence of hazardous materials during the project.
Most building materials can be recycled effectively upon demolition, including:
- Concrete- Concrete can be crushed into gravel, which is in high demand for new building projects. Some demolition contractors have large mobile concrete crushers to help process all of the concrete on-site.
- Steel- steel and other pieces of scrap metal can be easily melted and recycled for manufacturing.
- Wooden items- Posts, doors, and beams in good condition can often be reused, recycled or even sold. Check out local architectural salvage companies as they may have an interest in the material. Wood in poor condition can be easily recycled.
- Toilets and sinks- Architectural salvage companies will also reclaim these if they are in good condition. Otherwise, you can also recycle porcelain materials and stainless steel.
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