Are you planning a commercial or industrial demolition? Before you begin, several precautions must be taken to ensure a safe process for all involved. At DIG IT, we’ve successfully completed countless demolitions and we know the process inside out. Here are our top 10 tips to keep in mind before demolition work begins.
- 1. Don’t DIY
As tempting as it can be to do it yourself, the risks aren’t worth it. It’s always safer, and often more cost effective, to work with a reputable and experienced demolition team who know what they’re doing.
- 2. Sort out your permits
Ensuring all of your permits are organised before demolition starts allows you to avoid hiccups and delays from neighbours and councils.
- 3. Let your neighbours know
For the sake of safety and your relationship, letting your neighbours know when and how long demolition works will take is both an act of good faith and often appreciated. When it comes to your neighbours’ works, they’ll be more likely to return the courtesy.
- 4. Take precautions against asbestos
Asbestos exposure can have serious effects on the health of your entire team, so ensuring asbestos is identified and planned for will help your demolition run smoothly. Chat with an experienced asbestos professional for expert advice on your demolition.
- 5. Don’t use the building once procedures begin
For safety reasons, we recommend against using your building during demolitions. Dust and dirt will be also rampant during demolitions, so it’s common sense to avoid using your building while the work is going on.
- 6. Strip all walls and leave the property bare
Stripping walls down to the studs allows you to remove any extra materials or installations that aren’t required anymore. You’re also able to start from scratch and ensure a high quality rebuild or renovation.
- 7. Limit exposure to dangerous chemicals and materials
Exposure to synthetic mineral fibres, formaldehydes and lead paint isn’t as noxious as asbestos but still can cause irritation. We recommend equipping workers with respirators and protective clothing if SMF, lead paint and formaldehyde contact is possible.
- 8. Save room in your budget for surprises
If you’ve ever completed any type of construction or demolition work, you’ll know that unprecedented costs can pop up. Leave some room in your budget for surprises to ensure you’re not caught out during the demolition process.
- 9. Recycle what you can
A range of materials can be recycled, saving you money and helping the planet. Keep a hold of your concrete, steel, interior doors and beams, sinks and toilets and any fixtures and fittings that could be reused.
- 10. Choose industry professionals
Getting the help of an industry professional will ensure that your demolition runs smoothly. While you may have experience, a demolition expert will know the ins and outs to protect you and your business from mistakes and oversights.
Experienced Demolition Professionals
Many people think that demolitions are as simple as taking a hammer to the walls and roof, but accidents and mistakes can happen when procedures aren’t followed correctly. If you’re planning a commercial or industrial demolition, DIG IT would be more than happy to help.
We specialise in organising and executing demolitions of all sizes, saving you time, stress and money. Let us take care of permits, asbestos, plans and processes for a smooth and hassle-free demolition.