House demolition is a job that can pose a big threat to the health of workers, members of the general public, and the environment. Some common risk exposures for people and the environment include the release of hazardous building materials into the environment, falls from height, excessive noise, strong vibrations, the uncontrolled collapse of buildings, and many more.
The best way to avoid costly errors during the demolition process is to carefully plan for your project. Here are some things you can do to make your residential demolition project a smooth and safe one.
Define the scope of work to be done
In terms of the amount of work to be carried out, demolition jobs fall into two general categories: partial and full demolitions. Partial demolition is where only certain sections of your house are torn down. It differs from a full one, which involves knocking down the entire structure.
Identify viable ways to perform your demolition task, depending on whether you want to execute a partial or total demolition.
Identify potential hazards associated with the job and mitigate them
Before you can start knocking down walls, you should find out if your house was built using any hazardous materials or chemicals like asbestos-containing cement, lead paint, and halogenated flame retardants. If present, you should ensure they are properly removed and disposed of so they don't end up being released into the environment and creating problems when you start to demolish.
Keep in mind that you may need to enlist the services of a certified hazardous waste removal company when dealing with certain types of hazardous waste. This helps to reduce your personal liability in addition to ensuring safe removal and disposal of the waste.
Weigh up the pros and cons of each practical demolition method
When it comes to residential demolition jobs, the main focus should be on getting the job done in the safest and most efficient manner. Carefully consider the advantages and disadvantages of the various demolition options available to you to determine which one leaves you better off in terms of safety, efficiency, and cost.
Residential demolition is a dangerous job that requires careful planning to do correctly. Plus, the existing regulatory framework for the proper demolition of homes can be quite complex for the average homeowner to decipher. It's generally recommended that you enlist the help of a demolition contractor to minimise or avoid potentially costly mistakes.