Questions and Answers About Demolition Contractors
Aren't all demolition contractors in Dearborn Heights about the same?
Definitely not. Knowledge and professionalism among demolition contractors varies widely. Seek out companies that have the right equipment for the job, understand and follow proper demolition procedures, are licensed and insured, and seek to recycle recoverable materials.
How is the demolition performed? Are explosives used?
Residential projects like house demolition, garage demolition, barn demolition or demolishing of a shed typically use hydraulic excavators and other heavy equipment to tear down and remove the building. Explosives are generally not used in these type of projects.
Do I need a permit for demolition services?
Yes, permits are almost always required. It's a good idea to contact your local building inspector even before contacting demolition contractors. Your local building inspector can quickly provide you a wealth of information as to what will be required. Depending on where you live, permits may be required by the city, county, and/ or state. Your local municipality may also have regulations related to notifications, noise, hours of demolition, disposal of the debris, etc... Your hired demolition contractor should be well informed about local regulations and will pull the permits on your behalf in most cases, but be sure to clarify up front with the contractor all the services they will perform.
Does the house or building I want to tear down need to be inspected for hazardous materials like asbestos or lead paint prior to demolition?
Many states and localities require that older homes or buildings be inspected for the presence of asbestos, lead paint, and other hazardous materials prior to being demolished. If your home or building contains hazardous materials that need to be removed, proper procedures for abatement need to be followed. Your hired demolition contractor may offer this service or work with an environmental remediation specialist to complete the removal of hazardous materials.