At some point throughout the demolition process most
construction sites will feature an excavating crew. Excavators are large, heavy
pieces of construction equipment that display a bucket or claw-like component
at the end of a long arm. Continue reading our blog to learn more about what an
excavation does, when they are required, and what they need to be successful.
What are Excavation Services?
Excavation services involve the movement of rock and dirt to
create space for construction to begin. While it may sometimes look like simply
digging holes, it’s precarious and essential work for site preparation,
grading, leveling, trenching, removing contaminated soil, and other soil-related
tasks. Sometimes excavation even involves removing structures, boulders, trees
and other landscaping.
What Types of Projects Require Excavation?
An excavation crew can be required for a wide array of construction
and dirt related projects. Anything from commercial landscaping and site
restoration to residential pool installations can necessitate professional support.
How is Excavation Successful?
Excavation requires the use of heavy machinery, special
tools, and precise measurements to ensure that adjacent buildings will not be
compromised and the work aligns with the architect and engineers’ plans and
First, exploratory work must be performed to identify
underground water, gas, electrical lines and other potential hazards and
strategize how to dig around them. Your team should have a level of expertise
and professionalism that grants you peace of mind.
Morgan Services Group is a leading emergency demolition,
excavation, and expediting company in New York City. Over twenty years ago this
family owned and operated business was founded on the philosophy of integrity,
hard work, grit, and teamwork. Visit our website today to learn more about
our array of services and to get in contact with our team.
From removing a single, non-weight bearing wall to demo-ing an entire wing of a home, there are many important safety measures that should always be taken no matter the size of the job. Nearly all demolitions should be completed by licensed and insured professionals who have a proven track record of success. Follow along this month as we list out several incredibly crucial safety tips for those hoping to complete a demolition.
Important Safety Gear
Preparing for Demolition
Turn off all utilities including electric, gas,
water, steam, sewer, and other service lines. Always notify the appropriate
utility companies of your plans in advance.
Illuminate any areas that have poor lighting
Ensure that bystanders and other workers are at
a safe distance before tearing anything down.
Wearing a respirator during and after a demolition is
crucial as all types of dangerous airborne chemicals can be floating around. Hazards
such as asbestos, led based paint, and harmful gases could be hiding in plain
A cleaner demolition site leads to fewer injuries and
accidents. Keep the area clean by removing debris consistently throughout the
project instead of waiting until the end. Properly dispose of any hazardous
debris to ensure the most eco-friendly demolition possible.
Demolition and excavation projects have never been more
convenient and accessible for New York residents thanks to Morgan Services
Group. For more than twenty years our family owned and operated company has
helped countless local residential and commercial clients in their time of
need, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week! Visit our website for more information or
contact our team directly anytime at 1 (855) 800 – DEMO.
Recovering from a devastating flood can be a tough and
confusing experience emotionally and financially. While determining what stays,
goes, and what can or cannot be restored is a job for the experts, knowing what
to expect throughout the process and keeping informed is the best thing you can
do for you, your family, and your home or place of business.
Step 1: Contact Insurance Provider
Those with flood insurance should immediately contact their
provider following a flood. The company will send a trained professional out to
access damages, take pictures for claims, and give advice on what steps to take
moving forward. Those without flood insurance can attempt to file a claim with
their home or renter’s insurance provider, but the likelihood of a flood being
covered is low.
Step 2: Initial Cleanup
After a professional has assessed what is and is not
salvageable, homeowners can begin a great amount of the cleanup themselves.
Throw out any food, wooden items, rugs, mattresses, upholstered furniture,
utensils, and baby items that have come in contact with flood water.
Step 3: Mold Prevention
Mold often forms when damp environments and fungus coincide.
Working with and around mold can be hazardous for health reasons, making it a
job for professionals and professionals only. When seeking out a team for this,
be sure to find one that specializes in flood damage specifically.
Your demo team should prep the space by ensuring that
everything has been thoroughly dried. They will do this by running large,
powerful flood fans, dehumidifiers, and even water extraction machines if
Step 4: Demo
At this stage the demolition team will assess how high up
the damage is on the walls, and begin tearing down the affected areas along
with any flooring that is unsalvageable. This type of demolition is often
referred to as an emergency demolition, as ensuring structural safety and mold
prevention is a hazardous race against the clock.
Step 5: Final Cleanup
One your demolition team has adequately removed any walls,
flooring, and woodwork that was damaged, they will begin cleaning and removing
the debris from your property. You can trust that licensed and insured
demolition companies will be sure to properly dispose of all trash, including
any hazardous materials there may be.
While floods can have undeniably devastating consequences, best outcomes can be achieved when you act fast and hire the right demolition team for the job. Those with residential or commercial flooding in New York can rest easy when working with Morgan Services Group. For over twenty years, we have completed all types of interior and exterior demolitions, including those for flood damages.
is no easy task and often times, workers face a wide variety of safety issues
and risks. This includes hazardous materials found in buildings that may pose a
threat if not handled properly. While demolition waste is mostly a mixture of
building materials, a large portion of these can be contaminated with things
like lead paints or asbestos. In this month’s blog, we will discuss and
identify types of hazardous materials that are often present on a demolition
Types of Hazardous Materials
There are a
number of things commonly encountered in buildings before a demolition. Many of
these contain components or chemicals that are dangerous to human health and
the environment. Here are some hazardous materials that may be present but are
not limited to:
found in thermostats, silent light switches, etc.
Conducting a Safe Demolition
demolition involves doing a thorough inspection and removing all hazardous
materials before the actual take down. When a demolition occurs without
properly removing any hazards, these toxic chemicals will be released into the atmosphere,
soil, or even the water supply and lead to several health risks. The project
manager or demolition contractor is responsible for inspecting the building and
identifying any potential risks prior to demolition. Not only will this prevent
toxins from entering the environment, but it will also keep the other workers
safe. This is extremely vital because it will be very difficult or impossible
to separate hazardous materials after the building is demolished.
It is also
important to remove the waste in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner.
This includes working with recycling facilities to repurpose, recycle, and
resell materials. A proper disposal of hazardous materials will prevent it from
contaminating the environment.
Here at Morgan
Services Group, we always prioritize safety first. All of our demolition
projects are conducted in a regulated and organized manner to ensure everyone’s
safety on site. If you require a demolition service, our fully-licensed
contractors are here to take on any task no matter how big or small. To learn
more, visit our website or call 1-855-800-DEMO (3366) for
What is the difference between a
dependable construction company and an undependable construction company? A
reliable and professional construction and demolition company abide according
to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and
compliant with OSHA means adhering to all applicable codes, which keeps the
workplace safe and reduces the number of illnesses or injuries to people. In
this blog, we will list the requirements and regulations that are OSHA
What is OSHA?
to OSHA.gov, Congress passed the Occupational
Safety and Health Act of 1970 to ensure workers’ safe and healthful working
conditions. OSHA ensures enforcing specific standards by providing training,
outreach, education, and assistance. Without OSHA, the workspace will be
hazardous for anybody.
The standards and regulations need to be followed indefinitely by any sector or business. Here are a few requirements and rules that need following:
employer must be responsible for a workplace that is free from severe threats
as recognized by OSHA and effectively observes with standards, rules, and
regulations that the OSH Act has issued.
workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) (at no cost to the worker) measures
and offers appropriate protection.
color codes, safety signs, labels, and posters, to prepared workers for
tools and equipment in the facility that are safe and properly preserved.
up the official OSHA poster in a noticeable space within the workplace to guarantee
employees comprehend their rights to a safe workplace.
to whistleblower protections, managers and companies cannot get revenge,
penalize, or discriminate against employees who file complaints against them.
an inspection with a compliant OSHA officer, businesses must immediately fix the
violations found promptly.
soon as citations are handed out from OSHA inspectors, employers must post the citations
at or around the violated working space.
have the right to freedom to look at the Log of Work-Related Injuries and
Illnesses, including poisoning and accidents.
and safety training is mandatory and needs to be in languages and vocabulary
that employees can apprehend.
execute, and create working procedures and effectually verbally connecting the
requirements and regulations to workers.
It is crucial to research,
comprehend, and comply with all the operational procedures related to PPE,
safety signs, and communication of hazards. Some examples of adhering to OSHA
regulations and techniques can be buying new hard hats, posting traffic cones
around the site, and putting hazard signs for dangerous chemicals.
Adhering to OSHA can help prevent
any dangerous accidents that might occur upon a worker. Whether it’s in a
restaurant, office, or construction site, employers and employees should follow
the proper work safety procedures. Morgan Services Group Corp is OSHA compliant
and specializes in residential and commercial construction projects. If you
need an OSHA-compliant construction company for your next project, contact us
at our website.
comes to demolition, the goal is to get rid of a building or structure that is
far too old and damaged or inhabitable due to fire and flood disasters, health
concerns, and so on. However, for demolition projects that involve a partial or
total removal of a structure to accommodate a new building, most materials can
be salvaged as long as they aren’t too old or damaged. By properly stripping
down a building for materials and components, it can greatly reduce waste from
ending up in landfills. In this month’s blog, we will discuss steps on how to
successfully salvage materials and make a demolition project more
Identify Salvageable Materials
step is to identify any materials that can be sold or are recyclable and
reusable. Most salvageable materials include:
and metal parts
As long as
these components are mostly intact and not damaged, they can be repurposed for
a different project. For example, large pieces of timber can be cut down for
smaller constructs. Scrapped wood can also be chipped and used as mulch.
Another example would be reusing concrete to greatly minimize waste and prevent
it from being dumped into landfills. It has great versatility and can be
pulverized through processing equipment to a more refined state. It can then be
used as an effective material for drainage systems, gravel driveways,
and even new concrete.
These are great environmentally friendly efforts that will help the overall
reduction in production waste. After identifying and noting what materials are
able to be saved, you can then begin focusing on inspection and planning out
executing any demolition plans, make sure to do a full and thorough inspection
around the job site. During this evaluation, you can let your team know which
parts and material components can be salvaged. Even though not everything can
be saved, this is a good opportunity to try to salvage as much as possible and plan
your demolition around it.
Deconstruction before Demolition
a deconstruction tear down in applicable areas will make salvaging materials
much easier while keeping them intact. This includes plumbing fixtures, tiles, large
pieces of lumber, and metal. Not only will this reduce waste but it can also
save money if you end up reselling these materials for reuse. Even though
deconstruction may take longer, it is more environmentally friendly because it
reduces the amount of dust and debris released. After you and your team have
successfully deconstructed and salvaged as much as possible, you can proceed
with demolishing areas that are unsalvageable.
If you are
unable to deconstruct due to time restraints, demolishing buildings in sections
instead of all at once will help prevent the salvageable materials from being
Reuse and Recycle
deconstructing and demolishing, your materials should be sorted out. The more
organized you are in sorting will make it easier to handle and transport the
materials towards the end of the project. Remember to properly store your materials
to prevent damage and deterioration. For example, it’s beneficial to protect them
from the rain so you can prevent wood from rotting and metal from rusting.
Try to reuse
what you can or resell it to an organization that can make use of it in another
project. If any of the resources can’t be reused, recycling them is always a
great option that works for most materials, such as wood, metal, brick, plastic,
and much more. We should always be conscious on what we can do to help reduce
waste from entering and destroying our environment. Not to mention, putting
effort into salvaging materials is a good money-saving method where you can
profit from reselling and not spending money on transporting and getting rid of
want a reliable demolition service, it’s best to put your trust in a company
that has an amazing track record of getting things done in an efficient manner.
At Morgan Services Group, we specialize in residential and commercial
demolition as well as both interior and exterior demolition. We also have the
necessary manpower and equipment needed for any excavation services. Learn more
by visiting our website or contacting us at 1-855-800-DEMO
homeowners are shocked when they figure out how much money they have to spend
to fix their mold problem. The expenses can start at a couple of hundred
dollars and rise to about ten thousand dollars. Long-term mold deteriorates the
inside and outside of a home leading to unpredicted costs. The most common type
of mold is black mold, which contaminates the air with toxic particles. In this
blog, we are going to discuss the various signs of mold and what to do when it
is spreading to uncontainable measures.
What is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that grows inside and
outside in damp and humid environments. They usually appear inside common
household areas such as bathrooms, basements, carpets, sinks, fridges, drywall,
and more. When a room is not well ventilated, mold can grow, especially in warm
and humid places. All molds can produce
toxins. Black mold is the most known mold inside buildings which looks like
blotchy black spots. Healthy people don’t have to usually worry about black
mold making them severely sick. However, vulnerable groups with a compromised
immune system, such as older adults and children, can get sick.
As stated before, the most obvious sign
of mold is the visible dark spots appearing on walls, ceilings, and other
exposed surfaces. Mold spreads to find
organic material to feed on and tends to be bunched together. The first signs
of mold are a slight discoloration on a surface. It may appear brownish or tan.
The early stages of mold are challenging to figure out sometimes because it
looks like dirt or dust. Toilets, sinks, HVAC vents, and laundry rooms are the
first places where mold begins. It can also grow behind wallpapers. It is
crucial to check areas where humidity and moisture are present constantly.
Musty or mildew smells are a quick
indicator that mold is infesting the environment. The smell can lead you to
spot the contaminated area. However, if you can’t find it, then it does not
mean it is not there. Also, if you transfer your clothes to the dryer and start
to smell bad after leaving them for a few hours, it is an indicator of numerous
spores in the air.
Food spoiling quickly is another
signal that mold is present. It does not matter where you bought your food; if
it spoils within two days, many mold spores fly into the atmosphere. It is best
to check and throw away any foods that have presented mold to taint any other
A few people are more sensitive to
mold than people with lung disease, specific mold allergies, and low immune
systems. Here are some signs to reveal if a person has mold sensitivity:
breathing or asthma
or skin irritability
of these symptoms are common among people, and doctors cannot always know if it
is a mold issue. Doctors will assume it is a common cold or the flu. If the symptoms
don’t go away for a while, they will consider environmental factors.
Defend your home
The best way to defend your home is
to always check for visible signs and smells. Immediately clean the infected
area with bleach to remove the mold. Also, keep humid areas dry as possible to
reduce the growth of mold. Fixing any leaking pipes or surfaces can help as
well. If the mold is overwhelmingly spreading, it is always best to hire a
Mold can be a health risk to people
who are sensitive to it. We highly recommend that you check for indicators of
mold such as black spots, musty odors, spoiled foods, and health symptoms to
prevent any further contamination. However, there are times when mold is so
harmful that it causes a home to be uninhabitable. The demolition experts at
Morgan Services Group can help you demolish the areas of high exposure. We
specialize in residential and commercial demolitions. With over 20 years of
experience, we know how to carefully remove structural parts of your home from
the silent intruder properly. Visit our website for more information about our
Reasons for demolishing existing staircases and stairwells
can vary from cosmetic to safety and ensuring the building is up to code. Property
owners considering a stairwell demolition should ensure it’s worth the work,
know how to prepare the space, and know who to hire for professional help along
the way. Follow along this month as we dive into the ins and outs of stairwell
demolitions for residential and commercial buildings.
Is it Worth It?
Oftentimes the bottom line in deciding if investing in a new
staircase is worth it comes down to health and safety reasons. If the staircase
is structurally unsafe, contains asbestos, or was not built to code there’s no
avoiding a demolition or major renovation. If the reason for demolition is for
aesthetic or cosmetic reasons the major factors to then consider are your
budget, timeline, and level of understanding about construction and demolition;
or lack thereof.
Prepping the Space
You can save yourself valuable time and money in the long
haul by thoroughly preparing your space for demolition ahead of time. Prepping
the space can involve removing the non-weight bearing parts such as the posts,
railings, carpeting, tackless strips, and treads. This will ensure that when
your demolition team arrives they will be able to get the job done in no time.
Hire a Demolition Contractor
There are many complex tasks and factors associated with
interior demolitions such as identifying load baring structures, methods of
removing material, proper ventilation, noise pollution and infection control. Unfortunately,
unless you’re a certified demolition contractor you are going to need to hire
additional professional help to legally complete this process. When you hire a
professional demolition team you are investing in their industry experience and
fully licensed and insured services too.
Whether your unsafe or unsightly staircase is located in a
home or commercial business, the demolition experts at Morgan Services Group
are here to help you. For many years we have provided countless NYC residents
with safe, affordable, and reliable interior and exterior demolition services
twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Visit our website or call us at (855) 800-DEMO
for your free estimate!
The general public has some knowledge about the demolition
industry, but they do not know everything that demolition entails. If you were
to speak to a professional contractor, they would tell you that there are many
factors to consider, such a minimizing waste during and after a project or the
careful preservation of a historical building. Learn more about the real facts
of demolition in our blog.
There is the misconception that landfills are full of
materials and waste from a demolition. However, a lot of the focus during a
demo project is recycling those materials. This is to prevent waste of
materials and landfill usage. Behind the scenes, the average person doesn’t see
the meticulous thought and detail that goes into planning a demolition,
including minimizing waste.
Knocking down a building isn’t always the goal in a
demolition. Many demolition companies are called to handle historical preservation,
which involves extensive planning and preparation. This type of project may
require walls, floors, and other materials to be removed. However, the outside
of the building must stay intact. Contractors must look at the physical
condition, mandated code requirements, and other factors.
Some may think that demolishing a building is an expensive
part of a construction project, but that’s not actually true. With the
demolition phase, many owners are able to break even on demolition costs or
even turn a profit on a project. Also, depending on the size of the structure
and the condition it’s in, demoing a building can be more
cost-efficient than making major upgrades.
Group is a leading demolition company in NYC that handles demolition and
excavation projects for a commercial clientele. With over 20 years in the
industry, we have what it takes to complete your project on time, every time. Contact
us at 1-855-800-DEMO (3366) for a free quote today!
Demolition is a crucial element to rebuilding and refurbishing existing structures. The demolition process itself is incredibly complex which is why proper preparation needs to be a top priority every single time. Below we discuss five steps that need to be taken before a demolition can safely begin.
Site surveying is an early process that will take into consideration the desired construction materials, methods for construction, any potential obstacles, and many other components of the upcoming build.
Many older structures were initially constructed using harmful substances and chemicals such as lead and asbestos. An expert must inspect the building prior to demolition to ensure that necessary safety protocols will be taken if dangerous chemicals are indeed detected.
Many counties across the country require a rodent inspection prior to beginning the demolition process. This is to ensure that there is not an infestation present that could potentially flee to neighboring properties following the demolition. An active pest infestation needs to be treated with the necessary chemicals and traps before demolition can continue.
Any project requiring a demolition will also require the acquisition of necessary permits but the exact processes and permits needed will vary by county and state. Those in the state of New York will need to submit their requests and payment to the DOB (Department of Buildings) who offers both online and in-person services.
Before a safe demolition can begin, all utilities on the property that are still in service must be disconnected. These include the water, electricity, and most importantly gas. Turning these utilities off prior to demolition is absolutely crucial when it comes to preventing injury and fire.
While the demolition process itself can be astonishingly intricate, a great demolition team will have the knowledge and skills needed to ensure every property is prepped properly. Whether you need a complete, partial, interior, or exterior demolition, the experts at Morgan Services Group are the leading provider of demolition and excavation services in the NYC community. Visit our website or call us at +1 855 800 DEMO (3366) to get started or for more information!