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!
When there are sunken slabs and deep cracks forming in
concrete, these signs are indicating that a concrete demolition may be in your
future. Although concrete is meant to be durable and long lasting, this
hardened mixture is still prone to cracking. The wear and tear of your concrete
can depend on a number of factors, such as moisture and temperature. Continue
reading to learn about which signs you should look for when it’s time for a
1. Sunken Slabs
Poor sub grading or wet, loose dirt can cause sunken slabs.
This affects the surface of the slab, which can lead it to sink and be
dangerously uneven. If this problem is not solved, it can become a hazard. With
a concrete demolition, the entire slab is removed, which gives you a fresh
start for reinstallation.
2. Pitting and Spalling
If there are pieces of concrete falling off, then the
surface is pitting or spalling. This is mainly due to freezing and thawing of
the concrete, which can happen during New York City’s cold winters. Poor
insulation may also be a culprit. However, when spalling becomes widespread,
it’s best to have concrete demolition done to prep for a replacement.
3. Deep Cracking
Cracking shouldn’t be a concern for the most part. Yet, deep
cracks that are ignored can be an issue. When cracks are not fixed, this is an
easy way for moisture to seep in the spaces and cause the cracks to worsen. Concrete
demolition comes into play when the severity of the concrete is exceeds a
4. Tree Roots
Tree roots can lift portions of concrete if they have no
where to go. When the root system underneath is tearing up concrete, it may be
time for a demolition. The concrete demo process gets rid of the old concrete
and provides accessibility for the roots to either be removed or worked around
when pouring new concrete.
When it comes to concrete demolition, you can expect
professional results with Morgan
Services Group. We offer reliable demolition services for buildings and
properties across New York City. Let us coordinate your demolition project
today – give us a call at +1 855 800 DEMO (3366)!
Demolition requires more skill and precision than most
realize. A properly completed demolition is the first step in a successful
construction project. Here are a few tips on what you should look for in a
Fully Licensed and Insured
Any demo contractor worth their salt will have sufficient
licensing and insurance. Do your due diligence and verify that all licenses and
insurance are current and active. Certain types of demolition jobs require very
specific forms of insurance coverage. Knowing exactly what you need demolished
on your project will allow you to asses if your demolition company has the
correct insurance for the job. Liability insurance is an important financial
protection to have for you as well as the company you hire in the event of an
accident. You don’t want to have unexpected legal or medical expenses added
onto your budget due to a contractor having insufficient insurance coverage.
Find out how many years your contractor has been in
business. Ask them if they are experienced in providing the type of demolition
you require. Some contractors may specialize in a very specific type of
demolition project and not others. Make sure the contractor you hire has
performed the type of work you are seeking. An experienced demolition
contractor will also know how to expedite a job if needed. This is a complex
process that involves coordinating many different entities from government
agencies to other vendors and contractors.
How quickly does the contractor get back to you? How often
will they provide updates on your project? If a contractor is difficult to get
a hold of just to perform an estimate, it’s not a good sign for when the
demolition work is actually in progress. You want a demolition contractor that
keeps you informed and the lines of communication open. A good demolition
contractor will get back to you within 24 hours if you request a quote.
Your state will have certain regulations for maintaining
safety. In New York, a demolition contractor should be DOB (Department of
Buildings) and OSHA (Occupational Safety Hazard Association) compliant. Certain
demolition jobs may require additional safety requirements, such as a site
safety plan with a Site Safety Coordinator or Manager and Construction
Value engineering is a systematic and organized approach to
providing the necessary functions in a project at the lowest cost. Value
engineering promotes the substitution of materials and methods with less
expensive alternatives, without sacrificing functionality. A true demolition
specialist will be able to offer you value engineering methods.
Worksite Environment Standards
Any professional demolition company will know how to
complete your demolition in a manner that provides for the most efficient
cleanup and disposal of debris. They will also make sure any debris is safely
disposed of according to local regulations. Experienced demolition contractors
know how to manage noise, dust and cleanup.
At Morgan Services
Group we have over 20 years of experience in performing complex demolition
projects. Visit our website to
find out in depth details about our services and qualifications.