So, the day has arrived. That eyesore of a building is finally getting demolished to make way for something new.
Whether you're a real estate developer, business owner, or city planner, this is always an exciting time. But before the wrecking balls start swinging, there are a few things you need to do to prepare for the demolition process. Here are some pre-demolition tips from the experts at Lloyd Nabors Demolition:
Assemble The Right Demolition Team
Demolition is a complicated process that requires skilled professionals. Therefore, you need a team that includes an experienced demolition contractor, an asbestos abatement company (if necessary, and any other specialized trades that might be required.
Get The Right Permits
Before demolition begins, you must obtain the proper permits from your local municipality. Getting a permit can vary from city to city, so it's essential to do your research and allow plenty of time for the paperwork to be processed. Generally, you'll need to submit a demolition plan that includes the scope of work and a timeline for the project.
Handle Asbestos Abatement
If the construction of your building happened before 1978, there's a good chance it contains asbestos. A licensed asbestos abatement company must remove this hazardous material before demolition can begin.
Building owners must disconnect all utilities before demolition can start. Turning off water, gas, electricity, and sewer ensures compliance. Be sure to give the utility companies plenty of notice so they can send someone out to disconnect the services.
Remove All Hazardous Materials
If your building contains hazardous materials, such as oil or chemicals, building owners must remove them before demolition begins. In addition, building owners must dispose of these materials properly to avoid contaminating the air, water, or soil. Failure to handle any hazardous materials correctly could result in hefty fines or penalties.
Prepare The Neighborhood
Razing a building can be disruptive to the surrounding neighborhood. Be sure to notify your neighbors of the impending demolition and tell them what to expect regarding noise, dust, and traffic. In addition, it's a proactive idea to provide them with a contact person they can reach if they have any concerns or questions.
Remove All Personal Property
If there's anything you need to salvage from the building, you'll want to remove these items ahead of the planned demolition. Otherwise, anything left inside will also get destroyed.
These are just a few core things you need to do to prepare for a demolition project. As the leading Dallas Demolition Company, we're here to help clients make way for what's coming next. We are demolition experts and have the experience to handle even the most complex demolition jobs, whether bringing down a single-family home or a large commercial building.