How to Demolish Commercial Property
To get from old to new, you have to start with demolition and removal of the old! Not everyone agrees with the knocking down of and doing away with older buildings just to make way for a new shopping center. But, unfortunately, not every old building is "historical;" some are just eyesores and others may be downright dangerous. And while you might not want those new condos in your backyard, someone else is waiting for the new building to be finished so they can have a nice place to live. It's just the way of the world!
There are so many factors involved in determining if an old building can be torn down or not, that it will be impossible to list them all here. We will, however, discuss a few items of importance.
- Public Health and Safety
- Walls may be cracking
- Ceilings could be falling
- Foundation could be compromised
- Asbestos may be present
- Lead based paint may be present
Call in Demolition Services Fort Worth
Once you call the team at Demolition Services Fort Worth, we will come out to evaluate your needs and create a plan. I'm sure you think commercial demolition is exactly like what you've seen on TV. If some rich guy wants to put up a new hotel, all they have to do is to implode the building and, poof, in a matter of seconds, the once-mighty skyscraper crashes to the ground! The fact is we hardly ever use explosives in the real world of demolition. There are so many requirements, both before and after the implosion, that it is actually much more costly than standard demolition technique.
And although we do agree that an implosion, done properly by professionals in that field with years and years of experience, can be an awesome thing to watch, it is almost always much more costly in the real world than standard demolition with the proper equipment and tools.
Commercial Demolition Step-by-Step
As stated above, our service starts with inspecting your site, evaluating your needs, and creating a plan of action. The plan will include how we will demolish your building, parking lot, or other structure, as well what equipment we will need to bring in to accomplish the demolition job. Our number one priority is to get that building demolished in the safest, most efficient, and most cost effective way possible, while getting it all completed in the time parameters you expect. Everything in our plan depends on things like the size of the structure, the building materials, the reason for demolition and the location of the building.
Well, now we have our plan and we're ready to go! Right? Not so fast ... it isn’t possible to just stroll into any city or town and demolish a building without getting the proper permits. Removing any structure, whether it is a building, a concrete slab, or a large brick wall from a site alters the landscape and neighborhood, and can even alter property values and taxes in the area. And that is why we must get any and all necessary permits from the city or county prior to starting any work; both so you know and the governing entity knows that our work will be completed safely and within the boundaries of the law
Just as you don’t just demolish a building, parking garage, or retaining wall without the proper permits, you also don’t just start in demolishing anything without first preparing the site. Especially in commercial demolition, regardless whether it is a huge office building or the brick dumpster enclosure, site preparation is an important factor. If a building is about to be torn down, it must first be completely cleaned out, all of the utilities (water, gas, electric, phone) need to be shut down and disconnected, and any hazardous material such as lead or asbestos must be addressed. All occupants and potential visitors to the near area must be informed where to park or not park on the day of the demolition service. All loose recyclable material should be hauled away at this time.
Asbestos removal is an important step that needs to be undertaken prior to starting the tear-down of any asbestos containing structure. Asbestos is a fibrous material used commonly in building constructions, especially in acoustic ceilings prior to 1986. It is considered a hazardous material and is extremely dangerous, especially when inhaled. It can cause major damage to your respiratory system, which may then lead to serious disorders like lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos abatement is best left to the experts; therefore, if we determine, upon inspection, that your structure requires asbestos removal, we will get in touch with the appropriate experts at that time.
Well, here we are! It’s all planned, the legal aspects are covered, and the site is ready. Once the demolition is scheduled, you need to be prepared to be away from the area for the entire time designated by your contractor so we can take care of the complete demolition process while you remain at a safe distance. Once the entire demolition is completed, and all of the debris and rubbish has been cleared from the area, your team will let you know that it is safe for you to return. Feel free to ask for a walk-through to be sure neither you nor the demolition team has missed anything.
To some people, seeing an old, rickety building demolished is a thing of beauty. The coordination and expertise that goes into pulling it off just right is truly staggering. In a lot of ways, the building going down isn’t really an ending, but a new beginning for whatever structure is going to take its place.