A simple 5-step process for successful residential demolition

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A simple 5-step process for successful residential demolition

23 July 2019
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you're looking to bring down your residential structure for any reason, you'll have to follow a series of steps aimed at ensuring a safe and efficient demolition process. Your contractor will help you plan for these steps, as they have experience in strategically demolishing many different types of structures.

Having a specific process in place ensures that all stakeholders adhere to the highest standards of safety and environmental guidelines. Most residential demolitions will proceed in accordance with the 5 steps outlined below.

1. Obtain the permits required for demolition of your structure

Before any building is brought down, local authorities must issue a permit. The permit will specify the type of premises being demolished, where it's located, and how it will be brought down. There may be different permits for commercial versus residential demolitions, which is why it's important to ensure that you apply for the right one.

Your demolition contractor can also apply for the required permits on your behalf. You should be aware of how long it takes to be issued a permit so you can plan for your demolition project accordingly.

2. Put in place the necessary environmental protections

When bringing down a structure, expect a direct impact on the surrounding soil and landscape. In fact, surface runoff is a top concern after demolition. Your contractor should put in place appropriate erosion control measures to limit environmental degradation.

3. Isolate the working area from other parts of your property

For safety purposes, you should keep the demolition area isolated from the rest of your premises. This step ensures that any debris and rubble from the demolition site isn't transferred to your neighbour's property (or onto the street).

Your contractor can help you set up a fence that will act as a physical barrier against trespassers and loose debris. 

4. Carry out an asbestos inspection

If your home was built prior to the 1970s, it may contain asbestos. Asbestos was widely used in roofs, floors and window putty to provide insulation and fire retardation. This is why it's critical to have your home inspected for asbestos so you can implement a plan for removal.

Once again, your demolition contractor will play an important role during this process, but you may also need to hire a dedicated asbestos removal contractor if removal is necessary.

5. Disconnect utility lines and Begin the demolition process  

The next step is to disconnect any gas, electric and phone lines that may be linked to your home, after which the actual demolition process can begin. Demolition may be done through explosion, implosion or bulldozers.

For more information, contact a demolition company.