Industrial Building Demolition: 3 Questions to Ask the Damage and Demolition Contractors
If you own a large industrial building that isn't safe for use, you may be considering in calling in a professional demolition team to destroy the building. Once the unsafe building has been removed, you can either build a new structure or sell the land to property developers. However, when looking for a demolition contractor, it is important that you ask a couple of important questions.
Will any items need to be removed?
A large industrial space is likely to contain a wide range of different objects such as office equipment, heavy machines, and ventilation and utility services. Some demolition and damage contractors will require that some or all of theses objects be removed before demolition begins. Other damage contractors may be happy to demolish the building with the contents intact, so it can fall with the walls into the rubble pile to be removed. You should check this out with the demolition company before you book.
Who is responsible for removing hazardous materials?
It is also likely that an industrial space may contain hazardous materials or waste. Again, for an additional fee, a damage contractor may be willing to deal with and dispose of this material for you. However, other contractors who only specialise in knocking buildings down may not have the skills, equipment or knowledge to handle and dispose of hazardous materials such as asbestos or other chemicals. If this is the case, you will need to arrange for this work to be carried out separately.
How environmentally friendly is the company?
Being environmentally friendly has become something of a buzzword among those who deal in the demolition and waste disposal industries. However, it is important to understand that there are different degrees of environmental friendliness. At worse, a company will be all talk and no action when it comes to its environmental credentials. However, due to the tightening up of environmental protection laws companies which operate in this way are now increasingly rare. The majority of demolition companies will try to protect the environment by keeping dust and noise levels to a minimum and will recycle items such as copper, wood, plastic and glass which has been removed before demolition. Some demolition companies may also go as far as recycling concrete and bricks which are salvaged from the demolished building so they can be reused on future projects.
If you would like further information, you should contact a damage and demolition company today. A contractor will be happy to answer these and any other questions you may have.