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Hazardous Materials in Demolition

Demolition 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 site.

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:

  • Materials containing asbestos
  • Lead paint
  • Mercury found in thermostats, silent light switches, etc.
  • Batteries
  • Oil and fuels
  • Compressed gases
  • Arsenic
  • Chemicals, pesticides, etc.
  • Electronics
  • Lighting ballasts
  • Fluorescent light bulbs

Conducting a Safe Demolition

A safe 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.

Conclusion

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 any inquiries.

The Demolition Process & Methods of Demolition

If the time ever comes that you’re looking to demolish either a commercial or residential building, it can help to understand the process and methods of demolition which contractors may use. Keep reading to learn more about the process of demolition as well as a few of the techniques demolition contractors will use to demolish your structure.

Demolition team working to demolish a structure.
Demolition team working to demolish a structure.

Demolition Process

Before diving into the methods of demolition commonly used by contractors, it is helpful to consider and understand the process of demolition. The demolition process consists of four steps in order to guarantee a safe and effective completion of the job and work area.

These steps include:

1. Surveying-Considers construction materials used and methods of construction for the building

2. Removal of hazardous materials-Focuses on removing materials carrying asbestos and other hazardous materials

3. Preparation of plan-A very detailed plan that breaks down the entire job from start to finish for the safety of everyone involved

4. Safety measures-Includes a briefing on all potential hazards of this specific demolition job

While this is a minimal look into the demolition process and its steps, it can still help in the understanding of what might be expected in any demolition project.

Demolition crew in the middle of a job.
Demolition crew in the middle of a job.

Non-Explosive Demolition Methods

When pursuing a non-explosive method of demolition the entire process will take place without the use of explosives. Some of the different equipment which can be used in this method of demolition include but aren’t limited to:

1. Sledge hammers

2. Excavators and bulldozers

3. Wrecking balls

4. High reach arms

Explosive Demolition Methods

If non-explosive demolition isn’t what you need for your particular job, your contractor could use explosive methods to see the job done right. These methods include implosion and selective demolition and each are used for different jobs.

1. Implosion-The most dramatic way to demolish a structure. It requires blast crews to consider the structural design of the building in order to determine the exact placement of the explosives and guarantee a clean and safe demolition.

2. Selective demolition-Otherwise known as a “strip-out,” this method has become popular because it allows builders to reuse and recycle building materials.

Final Thoughts As you’re trying to get a demolition project going with your contractor, it can be helpful and useful to understand the process and methods of demolition you may expect to find in that process. When you’re ready to start on your demolition project, reach out to the team at Morgan Services Group Corp to serve as your trusted demolition contractor.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Demolition Crew

Whether you’re building a new home or renovating your existing property, a time will come where you will need a house demolition. When it comes to breaking concrete, it is no easy task. You need the expert help of a professional by your side who has the high quality equipment needed to complete the job quickly and efficiently.

While it may be an easy task for you to remove a large shed on your own, it’s not so simple for demolition jobs such as pools, existing homes, mobile homes, and other more complex structures. There are many benefits to hiring a professional, here are just a few.

Health and Safety

With a professional demolition crew, they will first perform an assessment of the structure. This is to establish any and all risks that the structure may have. When it comes to older buildings, they may have fallen to disrepair. This can lead to weak walls and damaged roof structures that can be dangerous to handle yourself. If the demolition crew detect any weakness or other issues in the structure, they will build scaffolding within the building while they perform the demolition work section by section.

Insurance Coverage

When you work with a fully certified demolition crew you know they will have full insurance coverage. What this means for you is if anything were to go wrong during the demolition process on your land, you will not have to face a larger cost or legal fees. As a citizen with no construction experience, it is unlikely that you would be able to acquire insurance of the same level on your own.

Professional Training

When you work with a professional demolition crew, you know they are trained to the highest standard. Since you are not professionally trained, you will not know how to use jackhammers, concrete grinders, explosives, and heavy equipment. Trained professionals, on the other hand, will be trained to use each of these pieces of equipment.

Before any job, a demolition crew will always asses the building to see if it contains any hazardous material such as asbestos. When it has been located, the crew will remove it and start the demolition. Not only that, but the crew will also strip the building of any wood, metal, or any other materials that can be recycled.

If you would like to find out more about the many benefits of using a professional demolition service, get in touch with one today.