Rehoboth Beach Demolition Basics
Can you describe the typical process for demolishing a residential structure?
For any kind of residential tear down (house demolition, garage demolition, barn demolition, sheds, etc..) the process is roughly the same:
- Get a quote or multiple quotes from experienced local demolition contractors near Rehoboth Beach, DE. There are a lot of potential pitfalls with demolishing a home or garage. It's not quite as simple as it seems, so you really need the knowledge of a professional demolition contractor to guide the process. At the time of the quote, its important to ask a lot of questions of the contractor. Ask about qualifications, availability of local references, and EPA certifications. What is the process the demolition contractor would follow wreck and remove the building? What local regulations need to be followed? Asking these type of questions will go a long way to helping you determine the qualifications of the contractor.
- Apply for demolition permits and approval from local government authorities. The demolition company you work with should be knowledgeable about local regulations and, in most cases, will pull the permits on your behalf. More than likely, demolition permits will be required by at least one local municipality and possibly more. Depending on your location, the city, county, and/ or state courld require a permit. The governing bodies in your area may also have regulations related to notifications, noise, hours of demolition, disposal of the debris, etc...
- Utilities need to be properly disconnected. Utility companies for gas, water, and electricity need to be contacted. All utilities need to be properly disconnected or terminated at the source prior to demolition. Again, this may be handled by your hired demolition company, but clarify upfront with the contractor all of the services that are provided.
- Older homes or buildings need to be inspected for hazardous materials like asbestos or lead paint prior to being demolished. If your home or building contains hazardous materials, proper procedures for abatement need to be followed. Your hired demolition contractor may offer this service or sub contract it to an environmental remediation specialist.
- Safely tear down the building. For one to three story structures like a shed, garage, or a home, demolition of the structure is usually achieved using large hydraulic equipment like cranes, excavators and/or bulldozers.
- Removal and disposal of demolition debris. Debris will be loaded onto trucks or into roll off dumpsters for hauling to recycling centers or landfills. Discuss the options of salvaging and recycling demolition materials with your hired demolition contractor.
What are the different types of demolition services offered by demolition companies?
Demolition contractors in Rehoboth Beach will vary widely in their level experience and services offered. It's important not to assume that a particular contractor has the skill set or equipment to handle all aspects of your job. When getting a quote, ask the demolition contractor if any portion of the job would be subbed out to subcontractors? Nonetheless, here are a list of services often provided by demolition contractors:
- Residential Demolition - Home demolition or the wrecking and removal of a garage, shed, retaining wall, deck, or other residential building (typically less than 3 stories). This type of structural demo is typically achieved with hydraulic excavators and bull dozers.
- Industrial or Commercial Demolition - Wrecking services for larger jobs and larger buildings. May require a wrecking ball or controlled (explosive) demolition.
- Swimming Pool Removal - Above ground and in-ground swimming pool demolition and removal
- Asphalt and Concrete Demolition and Removal - Removal of concrete driveways, foundations, patios, sidewalks, etc...
- Environmental Remediation - Asbestos abatement and removal along with other hazardous materials like lead paint.
- Selective or Interior Demolition - Interior renovation projects may require demolition crews tearing down and removing debris from walls, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, etc...
- Underground Storage Tank Removal - Cleanup and removal of hazardous materials contained in underground storage tanks.
- Excavating - Site clearing and land preparation for building.