You’ve probably seen home demolition being done on your favorite home renovation show. Maybe you’ve thought to yourself that it’s something you could do to your own home. After all, who doesn’t love smashing things? Unfortunately, there are few reasons why you should think again when it comes to DIY demolition. We’ll explain some of them in this blog post.
1. It’s hazardous.
This is probably the most obvious reason, and one that we really can’t stress enough. Many homes that were built more than 30 years ago contain asbestos in the walls and ceiling, which is a natural mineral that can cause cancer. Exposure is hazardous to your health; even in small amounts. Older homes can also have lead paint, which is another source of concern for your health. There is also the danger of inhaling silica dust. Studies conducted on the effects of Silica exposure is linked to chronic bronchitis, silicosis and even lung cancer. You also risk injury to yourself and others from glass shards and other dangerous falling materials.
2. You probably don’t have the right tools.
Doing a home demolition job requires more than just a sledgehammer from the hardware store. Demolition teams and contractors have professional-grade tools that they use to prevent damage in parts of the house that needs to be maintained. If you start hitting things with a regular hammer, you could end up destroying something unintentionally and generally create more work for yourself. That also brings us to our next point.
3. You may end up damaging your home.
It’s not hard to get carried away when doing demolition on your own. Imagine busting an important pipe or destroying a wall that you wanted to keep. These are just a couple of possibilities that could have extremely expensive consequences. However, demolition experts usually know how to avoid these problems.
4. DIY demolition can take a long time.
Depending on the size of the project, you could end up spending several days trying to do the demolition on your own. During that time you’ll be sore, tired, dirty, and probably pretty frustrated. That’s usually reason enough for someone to avoid DIY demolition.
5. Old houses are full of surprises.
Unfortunately, we don’t mean the fun kind of surprises. We’re talking about the kind of surprises that are problematic and costly. Do you know how to identify a cracked foundation or bad wiring? Probably not, and neglecting problems like that during demolition and remodeling can lead to major catastrophes. Contractors will usually recognize those types of things when they see them, allowing you to fix them.
As you can see, doing a DIY demolition comes with a great number of risks to your home, your health, and your wallet. You may think you’re saving money by doing it yourself, but you’ll feel differently when things go wrong.
Do yourself a favor and contact the demolition experts at Morgan Services Group Corp when it’s time to do a demolition.