Demolition FAQs

What happens to materials?

About 90 percent of materials on a typical demolition job is being reused, recycled, or salvaged. Common items that can be reused or recycled include flooring, carpets, plasterboard, wood, roofing materials, ceiling tiles, and insulation materials. In fact, if a demolition job is done very well, it is possible to save materials like concrete, brick, and porcelain, metals including iron, steel, copper, brass, bronze, wiring and conduit, as well as soil. Materials that cannot be recycled will be managed by the demolition contractor so that it can be reused in other capacities.

What are the different types of demolition?

There are three types of demolition jobs: interior, industrial, and commercial. An interior demolition job is done when the entire structure is not fully torn down and left with interior walls and spaces inside. This demolition type is commonly used in renovations or upgrading structures. Industrial demolition is done in structures and facilities that produce goods such as chemical plants, oil refineries, or manufacturing facilities. This type of job requires working with hazardous materials and environmental remediation and is usually more complex that require special rigging and safety training. Commercial demolition is done by dismantling commercial properties like office buildings, hotels, shopping malls, or stores. This type of project is more straight forward than an industrial job, but could still require the removal of hazardous materials like asbestos.

How is commercial demolition done?

Commercial demolition is the dismantlement of commercial properties like office buildings, hotels, shopping malls, or stores. There are two types of commercial demolition jobs: mechanical demolition and deconstruction or dismantling. Mechanical demolition is the most common method for commercial demolition. It is performed with heavy machineries, like excavators, bulldozers, wire rope pulls, wrecking balls, as well as other technology to ensure accuracy and safety. Deconstruction/Dismantling requires a slower and more thorough procedure in demolition. During commercial deconstruction, the building is deconstructed piece-by-piece using hand tools to carefully dismantle the building to recover as much material as possible. 

Do I Need Deconstruction or Demolition?

Deconstruction is a more thorough procedure compared to traditional demolition. If you wish to recover as much material as possible from your property, then deconstruction is a better option for you. If you don’t need to salvage as much materials from the property, then you can opt to choose traditional demolition. Keep in mind that deconstruction is conducted by hand while traditional demolition employs more machinery.

How much does commercial demolition cost?

Based on the national average, the rate for commercial demolition is $4 – $8 per square foot. However, the average square footage cost decreases as the square footage of the project increases. Additional factors that commercial demolition costs include permit fees, project size, building materials, whether or not hazardous materials are present, and debris cleanup and disposal. All these will determine the final project cost of the demolition project. 

Are there certain requirements for commercial demolition?

Every demolition service provider company must strictly observe and adhere to National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) during any commercial building demolition or renovation duly guided by The Clean Air Act. These regulations require owners or operators of the building to notify the corresponding state department before any demolition, deconstruction, or renovation of buildings will take place, which could contain a certain amount of building materials that will disrupt the neighboring tenants of the buildings.

Is my demolitionist regulated and safe?

Demolition service providers is required to work with the local government to obtain permits that will allow them to proceed with all their demolition or deconstruction projects. All demolition service providers must navigate and adhere to a variety of regulations since it is one of the most regulated industries. Also, in the process of obtaining permits, the government sees to it that service providers are experienced and qualified for the work requires handling of hazardous or toxic materials and must adhere to a variety of health and safety rules.

Is demolition bad for the environment?

On the surface, demolition might appear to be not so environmentally friendly. However, the demolition industry has been a huge proponent of environmentally friendly practices like recycling and reusing for a long time. Demolitionists have made huge steps by recycling demolished building materials like concrete and steel. Recently, demolitionists can crush old concrete and mix it in with a new batch or use it as gravel. Moreover, reusing building materials also decreases the need to make new building materials, which means less natural resources are needed to make new building materials for new construction projects. Above all, old buildings demolition make rooms for new buildings to be built on land, which was already developed, minimizing the need to cut down trees on untouched land to build new structures.

Excavating FAQs

I’m building a new house, is grading necessary?

The short answer is yes. Building on leveled ground is an important foundation in the construction process. Structures built on unleveled ground can lead to future issues. This includes unstable foundation and water drainage problems. As property owner, your main priority is to establish good foundation for your property. This will ensure its longevity and stability, most specially during natural calamities such as earthquakes.

How do I prepare for an excavation contractor?

The least that you can do is to prepare the area to be accessible to the contractor. If this is beyond your capacity, let us know earlier of the potential obstacles that we will face. This will allow us to prepare the essential machinery and equipment to address potential issues. You should also move anything on the property that will be in the way in the excavation process.

Should utilities be marked before the excavation contractor comes?

It is very important that any private utilities (dog fences, private electric lines, etc.) should be marked before the excavation date. If you cannot do the markings, please communicate and inform us ahead of time for us to determine and arrange a team of staff who will mark the utilities.

What if it rains during the excavation? Will my excavation site be covered if it’s going to rain?

It is a fact that the weather will always be uncertain. However, it doesn’t mean that we will put your project behind schedule. Through the years, we have already established a reliable site management team who can decide to stop or start work as soon as conditions are safe. Moreover, operating heavy machinery in the rain can lead to cave-ins and accidental slipping of weighted trucks. Our main priority is the safety of our workers, while providing quality service to all our clients. We will stop working only when necessary and resume immediately when conditions change.

What if the crew hits a water or a gas line? the excavation contractor comes?

Hitting water and gas lines are rare occurrence if prior planning and markings are done properly. However, accidents do happen, and are sometimes a result of lines being improperly marked or missing information from local utility maps. In cases where a gas line is disturbed, we will call the gas company and have the gas turned off immediately. The gas company will be responsible for repairing the line. If a water line is hit, we turn off the water and take full responsibility for the repair.

What if problems with my foundation are encountered?

With our years of expertise, our engineers are already trained to anticipate problems beforehand. However, it is not always the case for structural foundations. Therefore, we will contact the property owner to discuss immediate resolution if we encounter that your structure’s foundation has been compromised during excavation.

Should I notify the neighbors?

In some cases, there are some residential areas or subdivisions that have established regulations or provisions to notify the households near your area if you have any planned construction, renovation or demolitions. However, if your area does not have any established provisions, it would also be best if you can inform your neighbors and let them know what to expect.

What precautions are taken for safety?

With our years of expertise, our engineers are already trained to anticipate problems beforehand. However, it is not always the case for structural foundations. Therefore, we will contact the property owner to discuss immediate resolution if we encounter that your structure’s foundation has been compromised during excavation.



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