Good Practices To Follow When Demolishing Your Industrial Building

Whether you are rebuilding your commercial building from the ground up or selling the land, you need to do your research when it comes to demolition. Here are just a few good practices to keep in mind during this process.

Figure Out What Type of Service You Need

While some companies provide industrial, commercial, and residential demolition needs, some may only cover one type of demolition. You don't want to hire a company that cannot handle your commercial building's needs. Because buildings like oil refineries, steel mills, and chemical plants have hazardous materials and chemicals on-site, they usually require more safety training and experience for demolitions. Other commercial buildings and residential buildings don't have as many dismantlement considerations.

Besides figuring out which demolition company you need to hire, you need to figure out any hidden costs. One site says that the average cost of the demolition itself is $4 to $8 per square foot. However, this cost guideline doesn't include inspection, permit, hauling, and landfill fees.

Encourage Reclamation

You want to find a demolition company that not only knocks down the building but also leaves little waste behind. Not only will this make cleanup easier and be more cost-efficient but it's also greatly beneficial to the environment. So many construction materials can be recycled and reused. For instance, drywall is made up mainly of gypsum, which can be reused in cement production. Other materials that can be reclaimed include things like:

  • Metal (steel, copper, brass, bronze, etc.)
  • Plastic
  • Asphalt
  • Wood
  • Brick
  • Glass

Some demolition companies will break down these materials themselves while others may outsource this aspect to another contractor. If building debris contains waste is hazardous and cannot be reclaimed, you need to know how to safely dispose of it.

Follow EPA Regulations in Your State

Before the building can be demolished, you need to have an inspection for asbestos. Even if you are sure that there is no asbestos in your building, this survey needs to be done. If you have the building demolished and material is reclaimed containing asbestos, you could be heavily fined and have put workers at risk for respiratory issues. If asbestos does need to be removed, make sure that your building's utilities are still hooked up, as the construction crew may need that power for their work.

Besides asbestos, your state may require you to have inspections for other waste, like lead. Again, if building debris is hazardous and cannot be reclaimed, then you need to figure out how it needs to be disposed of within your state. For instance, plasterboard needs to be separated from other debris since it can release hydrogen sulfide if it is sent to landfills.

Check Municipal Guidelines for Any "Leftovers"

Every state is different, so again, you need to consult your municipal guidelines so you aren't fined if there is remaining debris after cleanup. For instance, some areas may allow you to leave the foundation of the building, while others may require you to demolish the debris, backfill the property, and lay sod.

Consider Surrounding Properties

You will likely need to erect fences and barricades for safety reasons depending on how close your building is to public thoroughfares. Even if your building isn't on a main street, it's also a good idea to alert surrounding businesses about the demolition so that traffic can be rerouted. Construction work and noise can deter customers and greatly affect businesses.

Local governments often notify businesses about pending construction projects, but this doesn't always happen. Instead of counting on neighboring businesses to check the department of public works website in your state, ask your demolition company for a timeline so you can pass this information on to other businesses.

For more good practices and help, contact an industrial demolition service in your area today.