When you imagine demolition, you may think about a large building imploding or a large wrecking ball knocking a building down. While these things may start the demolition process, in reality, the main part of the job is demolition cleanup. Demolition cleanup requires careful planning and the proper equipment to haul away the debris. This is especially true for large demolition projects.
If you are looking for a demolition contractor, make sure to ask how they handle demolition cleanup. You want a contractor who takes this part of the job seriously, especially if you are planning on rebuilding on the same site shortly after your demolition.
Here are some of the key things to a successful demolition cleanup:
- Preparation: A thorough plan is essential to any demolition process. You should be able to see evidence of this planning in your cost analysis breakdown.
- Demolition methods: How your building is demolished greatly affects the debris that is left. A slower, more careful demolition may allow for more materials to be recycled and reused, reducing the need for cleanup in the end.
- Protective equipment: Crew members should have the protective equipment they need to stay safe in all phases of the job.
- The right machinery for the job: Trying to complete a demolition with the wrong equipment can make it take longer and leave more of a mess.
- Responsible disposal: Talk to your contractor about how demolition cleanup will be done in an environmentally responsible way.
Your contractor will need to know what you plan to do with the site after demolition cleanup is completed, as this may affect what steps they take. Some contractors will even seed grass and spread straw on your site when cleanup is completed.