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Stairwell Demolitions

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.

Final Thoughts

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!

A Pre-Demolition Check List

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.

Surveying

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.

Dangerous Chemicals

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.

Rodents

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.

Acquire Permits

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.

Utilities

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.

Final Thoughts

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!

4 Signs You Need Concrete Demolition

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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 concrete demo.

1. Sunken Slabs

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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

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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 certain level.

4. Tree Roots

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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.

Conclusion

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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)!

Garage Demolition FAQs

Garage Demolition

So, you think you need to remove your garage, but you have no idea where to start. How much is it going to cost? Is there anything you need to do before and after the demolition process? Do you need a permit? This blog post will go over some FAQs regarding garage demolition.

Why Have a Garage Demolished? Do I Need a Permit?

A garage is demolished if it is no longer needed, if it is broken-down beyond repair and needs to be replaced with a new structure, or if the entire house is being demolished.

As for permits, you will typically need one prior to demolishing your garage. However, each city has different rules and regulations, so check with your local building department before starting the demolition. Your demolition contractor usually handles this for you.

How Much Will it Cost?

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Garage demolitions typically range from $3,000 in a rural area to $18,000 in a densely populated city. However, many factors affect the overall cost, such as the size and material of the garage, the foundation and location of the garage, and whether the garage is attached or detached. It may also depend on if the garage contains utility lines (such as electrical or plumbing systems) or hazardous materials (like asbestos or lead paint).

What Should I Do Before the Demolition?

Your garage should be completely emptied of all items, tools, and automobiles. The gas, electricity, and plumbing lines need to be completely cut and capped. Hazardous materials, such as lead paint and asbestos, need to be removed by a professional in order to comply with environmental guidelines, ensure safe removal, and to obtain an asbestos report in order to get the permit from the city.

How Should I Dispose of the Debris?

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Some states and cities have certain ordinances that dictate how debris should be disposed of, so be sure to check before starting the demolition project. Most of the debris will be recycled, and things that can’t be recycled will be taken away with a dumpster rental. Your demolition contractor should handle the dumpster rental process, so don’t forget to discuss this with them.

What is the Garage Demolition Process?

1. An asbestos inspection must be conducted in order to get an asbestos report.

2. The demolition contractor obtains a permit from your city.

3. Garage utilities such as water, gas, and electricity are shut off, so that pipes and wires can be safely removed and recycled.

4. The roof, trim, and siding are plied off. With these out of the way, the inner drywall can now be removed.

5. Garage doors and windows are removed. If they are in good condition, they will be placed aside to use later or to sell. If they are in poor condition, they will be recycled.

6. The framing is taken apart with a pry bar and hammer, rather than destroyed with heavy equipment. This saves time and money and allows these materials to be reused.

7. If you don’t wish to leave the foundation in place, the concrete slab is broken up and removed. Otherwise, the remaining slab must be cracked for drainage.

8. A final inspection is conducted by the city in order to close the open permit.

Can I Do the Garage Removal Myself?

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Though you could potentially do it yourself, it’s best to rely on a professional demolition team to handle it for you. An inexperienced homeowner may end up doing it improperly, which could cause costly damages and complications later down the line, to not only your property, but to your neighbors. A DIY demolition job can also result in serious injuries.

At Morgan Services Group Corp, we have the many years of training and hands-on experience it takes to safely and effectively tear down structures. Call on us for your next garage demolition project!

Why Is Partial Demolition Necessary?

First off, what is partial demolition? The 2014 NYC Building Code defines it as “The dismantling, razing, or removal of structural members, floors, interior bearing walls, and/or exterior walls or portions thereof, including all operations incidental thereto.” Instead of tearing down the entire structure, only selective parts are removed. For any demolition project, it’s important to plan first to avoid negative impacts. In our blog, we’re going to discuss why partial demolition is necessary and the precautions attached to it.

When It’s Needed

If there’s a room that needs expansion, that’s when partial demolition comes in. A wall that divides two rooms will be cleared and new walls will spring up for stability. Building extensions offer another reason as to why only partial demolition is required. By removing exterior walls and melding together old and new parts of a building, this type of demolition will allow for a smooth result. Upgrades or modifications to a building, as well as projects to improve or fix plumbing defects, are additional examples when utilizing partial demolition.

Precautions

Partial removal is trickier because you need to provide support to the rest of the structure, you don’t want to remove a load bearing wall and certain equipment might not be applicable as well, so it’s best to consult a professional to plan out the best roadmap. With careful planning and engineering, ramifications will be avoided and the structure’s integrity won’t be harmed. The purpose of partial demolition is to keep certain parts of the structure intact while improving or expanding one area, so the whole building must be kept under close observation.

Conclusion

At times, a full demolition is needed, but when you don’t want your project to start from the ground up, then partial demolition is your best option. Communicating closely with a team of professional engineers is vital to the success of the project. Any mishaps could create detrimental effects on the structure, so it’s always recommended to carefully plan ahead weeks in advance. Contact your local demolition company for more insight on a project that you’d like to carry out.