Preparing For A Commercial Demo? 3 Things You Need To Know

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No matter what the reason is, demolishing a building of any kind can be an overwhelming project. Not only are there safety concerns, but there are also environmental and personnel factors to consider during the process. In addition, most business owners or managers are not equipped to deal with the demo process, but help is available. This guide will give you a few things to remember when starting a commercial demolition project.

It's Not a DIY Project

Again, most people are not equipped, physically or mentally, to handle the demo of a building in a commercial or industrial location. Therefore, it is important to remember the process is not a DIY project.

Skilled, licensed, and trained companies who specialize in demolition should be hired, no matter how small you believe the job is. It is also important to remember that companies who specialize in residential demolition are not suited for the task of demolishing a commercial building. Be sure to hire only companies and professionals with specific experience in commercial and industrial demolition.

Safety Precautions Are Essential

Before the demolition begins, make sure everyone involved, near, or around the site is ready with the proper safety precautions. During the demo process, a great deal of debris will be flowing down from the building and around the actual building site. Because of this risk, ensuring the area is free of employees and passersby is imperative.

You and all workers in and around the demo site should be equipped with the proper safety gear. Hard hats are imperative for protecting yourself from fallen debris. Even a small piece of debris can cause serious injuries when it falls from great heights.

Professionals will help block off a safe space around the perimeter of the building before the demolition begins. As owner or manager, you should constantly check to make sure the perimeter is secure and there are no passersby coming too close to the demo site.

More Than Meets the Eye

Another thing you need to remember before starting a demo project is that you should be concerned about more than just meets the eye. Basically, debris is not the only concern you should have during the demolition of a commercial or industrial building.

When parts of the building are demolished, drywall and building materials will visibly come down. During this demolition, numerous pollutants and chemicals will permeate the air as well. Lead, mold, and even asbestos can all affect the air and local waterways. These pollutants and chemicals are not only initially problematic, affecting you and others' breathing, but they can also lead to long-term health problems.

For example, if someone inhales asbestos dust, it can be trapped inside the body indefinitely. This will not only affect a person's respiratory function for long periods of time, but it also increases the risk of mesothelioma, which is a dangerous form of cancer.

To protect yourself and others from the hazards of different pollutants, certain precautions must occur before demolition begins. The proper removal and safe disposal of all building materials should be a priority.

During the demo, all individuals should wear respirator masks, gloves, and safety goggles. The same safety gear should be worn during cleanup and removal of the materials from the building site, whether lead, mold, or asbestos is known to be present or not.

The demolition of any structure will not be easy. However, the demolition of a large commercial or industrial facility in particular can be time-consuming, physically stressful, and very dangerous. The information in this guide can help you understand and prepare for the upcoming demo of your commercial building. Reach out to an industrial demolition service for more information.

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