You’re finally ready to take on the big demolition project that has been in the works for a while. While tv shows will have you thinking that demolition is a lot of fun, there is a lot more to consider. Before you pick up the sledgehammer, there are certain things you need to know about demolition and demolition machinery in order to execute your project safely and efficiently. Read on to get the best tips on going forward.

Figure Out Your Budget

You will want to make sure that you have a realistic budget in mind before starting your project. To do demolition safely and efficiently, you will want to hire the best and most experienced operator and demolition machinery for the job at hand. While spending more money early in the project may put you off, doing it correctly and doing it once saves you money and headaches in the long run. Trust us, it’s well worth it.

Your budget needs to also factor in rubbish removal. This expense to demolish can surprise you as the run to the tip isn’t cheap. Ensure your operator and demolition machinery come with a tipper truck for fast and effective rubbish removal. Aussie Excavator Plant Hire has both excavators and tipper trucks to assist with demolition and debris removal.

Determine What Type of Machinery You Need

When you’re ready to begin the demolition process, it’s important to remember that there are many different types of machinery that can be used in order to demolish a structure or land.

You will have to consider what you are demolishing and what is the safest and most effective machinery for the job. There is a multitude of different demolition machinery. Here is a rundown of the more utilized machines for demolition projects:

Excavator Hire: excavators run from large to small which makes them suitable for any size of the job. Excavators are excellent diggers making them ideal for landscaping jobs, site cuts and the breaking down of structures.

Bobcat Hire: bobcats are incredible machines that can perform many tasks but they are well known for their ability to clean up a site quickly.

Dozer Hire: an extremely strong machine ready for big and tough jobs. They are excellent site clearers, they can spread soil and rock base and the right attachments can make them machines ready for any job.

Get All The Permits And Approvals You Need.

Once you have determined your budget and the machinery required, its now time for the paperwork. Before you begin any demolition work, make sure to check with your local government and advise them of what you’re looking to achieve. The office of the building official or zoning administrator can provide information on what permits are required for certain types of work so that you don’t run into any delays later on. It’s also important to know where the debris from your project will end up and how it will get there. If you have a plan for this part of the process, then many logistical issues can be avoided in advance—such as having trucks show up at the wrong time or not being able to find an appropriate disposal site at all.

Make Sure There Are No Environmental Issues

To ensure your job is done safely, you will need to consider the environment. It is imperative that you assess your likelihood of asbestos, lead, and other hazardous materials and check thoroughly. This is critical for demolition projects.

To be more specific with these dangers, make sure you are not disturbing any environmental issues that may be present in the home being demolished. For example:

  • If it’s a wood-frame home built before the 1990s and you are going to do foundational work on it (pouring footers, etc.), make sure there isn’t asbestos in the siding or roofing materials.
  • If it’s an older home built with pressure-treated wood, make sure there aren’t lead-contaminated nails holding down the roofing shingles or underlayment boards.
  • If it’s near wetlands or waterways, take special care to abide by all regulations related to preserving natural habitats as well as any wildlife living there during construction activities. In some cases this might mean hiring a professional ecologist or biologist who has experience with local environmental laws specific to your location; if so contact them before starting demolition work so they can help guide best practices for protecting local wildlife during construction

Think About What You’re Going To Do With The Debris

Once the demolition is complete, you will have a lot of debris. This could be bricks and other masonry material, soil and fill dirt, concrete slabs, asphalt shingles and more. Before you start breaking apart your home or business building, think about what you’re going to do with this debris.

Some options include:

  • Hiring a tipper truck along with a bobcat to clear the debris
  • Having it recycled by a local recycling facility (if it’s made from material that can be recycled). If you don’t know what kind of materials are present in your building’s debris field (i.e., steel beams), call around to find out which companies accept these types of materials before calling them up to arrange pickup services.
  • Having your debris disposed of by a waste disposal company that specializes in hauling away various kinds of construction waste.
  • Using some of the salvaged materials yourself for another project or purpose such as retaining walls or fences around an outdoor area like gardens or pools.
  • Selling off any reusable items from inside the building—furniture, appliances etc.—to on marketplace or donating them to charity.

Take Care Of The Abolishments

This can be a surprisingly time-consuming delay if you do not plan ahead. Abolishments simply mean the cutting of electricity and gas before demolition begins. It usually takes between 20-30 days for these services to be cut and no one will start a demolition without this completed. Again, safety first.

As we’ve learned, demolition is not something to take lightly. It requires careful planning as well as the proper equipment and demolition machinery to carry out safely and effectively. If you’re planning on doing your own demolition, it’s best to hire a professional who has experience in this field so that you don’t waste time or money on mistakes that could have been avoided with just a little bit more research beforehand.

Aussie Excavators Plant Hire is well and truly experienced with demolition work providing skilled operators who are up for the challenge. Give us a call today to discuss your project needs and how we can help.