How to Prepare for Your First Site Demolition

Are you preparing for your first site demolition? Demolition is the inaugural act that gets your project into the building phase. Site demolition isn’t just a one-stop-shop where you detonate explosives. There’s a lot of prep work that goes into it, along with extensive planning.

Are you ready to learn what it takes to prepare your site for demolition? Keep scrolling because we’re going over the essential preparation you’ll need to know to have a successful demolition.

What is Site Preparation

Site prep involves many things such as site surveying, wire mapping, and demolition of existing construction. Let’s go over some of the site prep before the demotion phase. 

Building Survey

Demolition experts will examine the characteristics of the building and go over various attributes of the building. These include traffic conditions, building codes, draining conditions, and neighboring communities. A case study for these parameters will help define the best demolition needs.

Demolition Plan

Demolition experts will write up a detailed plan on what’s involved in the demolition process. This plan includes how the demolition will proceed, equipment used, and if there will be any debris that needs to be cleaned up. 

The demolition plan is a crucial step to ensure things run smoothly.

Safety Measures

Safety preparation is of utmost importance. You’ll need to take an assessment that all operators working on site are advised of any potentially hazardous materials.

These materials can include flammable materials or exposure to dust. Safety measures also include securing the proper permits for site demolition.

Removal of Hazardous Materials

Before building demolition can begin, special demolition experts will need to remove any hazardous materials present on the site. These materials can include radioactive substances, asbestos, petroleum contamination, and flammable materials.

Types of Demolition

Once the pre-demolition process is done, it’s time to go through the post-site preparation process. You’ll want to determine what type of demolition you’ll want to use. Let’s go over the options.

Building Implosion

Building Implosion is the most powerful way of demolishing a building. It involves loading explosives into the supports and walls of the building. Once the explosives are donated, the building will collapse onto itself.

Excavator Demolition

Excavators are used for smaller buildings such as homes or offices. The excavator is used to knock down the walls and main supports of the building. In most cases, attachments are placed on the excavator is used. The most common ones used are hydraulic hammers, crushers, and shears.

Wrecking Ball 

The classic method for demolition is the wrecking ball. A big ball of steel weighing between 6,000 to 12,000 lbs is suspended from a crane. The ball swings into the building, destroying its supports.

Although using a wrecking ball is the most cost-effective form of demolition, it can cause a lot of dust, debris, and safety hazards in general.

Site Demolition For You

When it comes to site demolition, you’ll need to figure out what works for you. This depends on the size of your demolition, the location, and your budget. If you need help with your demolition needs, our friendly demolition experts are ready to help. Give us a call, and we can help you come up with your plan for your project. 

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