Demolition

The Demolition Practices
There comes a moment when a building has served its purpose and is no longer habitable. It might also not be practical to renovate or reinforce the building, or it needs to be torn down to give way for a larger or more modern structure in its place. When this happens, care and much planning are required to ensure that the demolition proceeds with minimal damage to the neighborhood and surroundings.

Demolition in South Africa often involves intentionally collapsing sections of walls, supports, and roof materials. If the proper steps are not taken to clear and protect a demolition area, dangerous falling object injuries can occur. Part of the proper protection from these dangerous events is the construction and installation of protected walkways in areas with nearby foot traffic. This type of protection must be able to sustain a certain amount of weight per square foot to ensure these structures are safe from collapse and to protect any pedestrians.

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Safety should be prioritized over all other considerations. At the same time, the proper permits should be obtained from the city government to ensure smooth and continuous operation. Hiring a professional building demolition service is the best answer to problematic situations like tearing down of a building. However, one needs to know what to ask your service provider to be able to choose the best service.

Some Questions to Ask Before Considering a Service:

Are there hazardous materials in the building that should be removed before the actual process? How would these materials be disposed of? Included in these should be a checklist of materials like asbestos, biological and chemical substances that may be present in the building. Sewage and waste materials should also be considered. What are the containment, removal and disposal measures that will be used before any actual tearing down process?

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When will the utilities be disconnected? Utilities such as water, gas, and electricity have to be disconnected as soon as possible to prevent accidents during the actual teardown. Open and live wires may become deadly if power is not disconnected. The same holds true for gas connections.

How much time and manpower would be needed for the job? Time is gold as the saying goes. The length of time required should be considered to meet any deadlines especially if the project consists of putting up a new building in place of the old one. Manpower should be balanced to optimize operational costs.

What types of equipment are needed for the task? Is heavy equipment necessary for the job on hand? If required, which ones are to be used and at what stage of the job should these be used? Are rentals available for use or does the provider own the necessary equipment?

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Where will tear down materials be disposed of? After the demolition, rubble and other documents needed to be moved away from the site and disposed of properly to avoid damage to the community and the environment.

To what extent will the contractor provide their services and at what cost? Is the contractor an expert in the field of demolition? What cleanup processes are included in the contract?

Choose your contractor based on their answers to these considerations. This way you will have minimal problems during the entire process of tearing down the building.

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