What do you envision demolition to be? A controlled building teardown? A wrecking ball hitting a structure repeatedly? No matter the type of structure you want removed, make sure to hire demolition professionals for the job. You may be wondering if there’s a significant difference between commercial demolition and residential demolition. While these two services are in the same industry, it’s easy enough to figure out that the main difference is the kind of structure each deals with.
What is residential demolition?
The simplest definition of residential demolition is “the total or partial removal of any structure that sits on a residential property,” which includes houses, decks, pools, sheds, retaining walls and pathways. There are a few different reasons why someone might seek out demolition services. For instance, a property owner may want to remove an old, dilapidated dwelling or structure in order to build a new one, or to clear away a structure simply to create more open land for other uses.
However, demolition doesn’t always leave a completely demolished structure in its wake. Residential demolition can also involve removing parts of structures or stripping out the interior of a room to create a clean slate—for example, removing various fixtures and flooring during a home renovation.
Below are some tips from demolition contractors for companies offering residential demolition in Kansas City.
Protect your team and others from dangerous materials
Hazardous materials aren’t exclusive to commercial demolition sites. Building materials like lead paint chips, formaldehyde-laced wood dust, synthetic mineral fibers and others can be present during commercial or residential demolition, and they’re all dangerous to human health. Asbestos, lead paint and wood dust are abundant in many older homes, so it’s not unusual for residential contractors to be exposed to these materials when renovating or demolishing aged structures.
Take precautions against falls
Industrial and commercial demolition contractors often work on tall buildings, breaking them down level by level, piece by piece. As such, they are cautious at worksites and use special protection when working high up, whether fall hazards are obvious or not. Residential demolition contractors may not dismantle skyscrapers, but they can still sustain injuries from working near holes and open walls that are more than six feet deep or high if they don’t wear the proper protective gear.
Recycle everything you can
A lot of materials from home renovations and demolitions can be recycled or reused. This list includes sinks, vanities, toilets, doors, light fixtures, wood beams and steel, all of which, if it’s in good condition, warrants a second chance in another home instead of a spot in the local landfill. High disposal cost is another reason to skip the landfill. Rather than putting time and money into dragging materials to the dump, your energy is better spent logging recyclable materials right there on site for an easier time reselling later.
Residential demolition in Kansas City is so much more than just tearing down a house—in fact, other services include driveway removal, garage removal and pool demolition. Call Midland Wrecking Inc. today for more information regarding residential demolition!