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How to Prepare Your Site for a Demolition Project


October 20th, 2014

4 Things to Do Before Starting Your Demolition

Tearing down an entire building of any size is no small task. Safe and efficient building demolition requires thorough planning before your project begins—and to make things more complex, each project brings its own unique set of considerations. Some buildings may require a deeper level of planning and/or analysis, for example:
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  • When the structure to be demolished is in close proximity to surrounding buildings (downtown areas, neighborhoods, etc.)
  • When the site is contaminated with hazardous materials like asbestos, lead and others
  • When the building has significant structural damage and/or specific design features that require certain demolition techniques

Because of these factors, we always recommend getting the opinion of a professional demolition contractor before planning the specifics of your project. However, in the meantime, there are a few steps you can take to make the process run more smoothly once you’re ready to begin—read below for more.

  1. 1. Thoroughly inspect the project site before starting any demolition work. What you’re looking for: Potentially hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, etc.) and other on-site concerns. Identifying these factors ahead of time helps you protect worker health and safety as well as the safety of building occupants. And beyond that, you’ll also be able to choose the appropriate contractors ahead of time, which prevents costly change orders or project delays.
  2. 2. Hire trained experts to remove any hazardous material from your property. Do not attempt this yourself—materials like asbestos, lead and CFCs require very specific and meticulous handling procedures to ensure they’re disposed of properly, otherwise you could re-contaminate your space.
  3. 3. Determine what will go to the landfill and what can be recycled. Many materials, fixtures and components can be donated or sold for reuse and/or recycled prior to demolition, so you’ll want to identify those before any work begins.
  4. 4. Make sure you’ve notified the HHCU and all other necessary parties. North Carolina state law requires that the Health Hazards Control Unit (HHCU) of the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services is notified of any building demolition, even if no asbestos or other hazardous materials are present.

Those are just a few of the steps you’ll want to take before beginning your building demolition. For more information on these and other steps, contact the demolition contractors at Elite Waste Services today. We’re here to help.

Our Raleigh, Chapel Hill & Durham Demolition Services

concrete crushing on demolition site raleighAt Elite Waste Services, we offer full-service demolition and debris removal services to businesses in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas. In addition to full and partial building demolition, we also assist with:

  • Lead removal
  • Asbestos removal
  • Mold/microbial removal
  • Duct cleaning
  • Fire damage, water damage and more

Ready to start your demolition project? Contact the experts at Elite Waste Services today. We make it easy for you from start to finish.

Posted in Demolition on October 20th, 2014.