Follow the necessary precautions to streamline the demo process.
In Maine, state and federal regulations require that the owner of a structure (or the demolition contractor) notify the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) at least 5 business days before demolition is scheduled to begin. You can acquire these forms from the DEP or your local code enforcement office.
If the work is to disturb more than 3 square feet or 3 linear feet of asbestos-containing material, that material must be properly removed.
A DEP-licensed Asbestos Consultant must inspect any structure for asbestos. However, residential structures with less than 5 units can be surveyed for likely asbestos-containing materials by knowledgeable non-licensed people, like building inspectors and CEOs with asbestos awareness training.
If any materials likely to contain asbestos are found, they must be tested by a DEP-certified inspector or assumed to contain asbestos.
Find out how the demolition debris will be disposed of.
Oftentimes, the demolition contractor you hire will handle the debris disposal as well, and the price of hauling and disposal will be included in the demolition quote. However, this isn’t always the case. You should always clear this up with your contractor up front during the initial quoting process.
If the contractor you hire isn’t going to be disposing of the debris, that’s an additional expense you’ll need to consider.
Renting a dumpster is a great way to maintain that mess, and Hometown Demolition Rental is an even better way to find the right dumpster provider for you. On our site, you can read company profiles, customer reviews, and request quotes—all in one easy-to-navigate place.
Remember to consider deconstruction before demolition.
Deconstruction, or “green demolition,” is the act of dismantling a building in order to salvage any reusable materials. That can range anywhere from flooring and baseboards to plumbing and appliances.
Deconstruction is a great first step to take to minimize project cost and landfill waste.
Depending on your location and particular project, a charitable organization, like Habitat for Humanity, may be interested in deconstructing your home in exchange for the materials they salvage.