While updating and improving an existing structure can be a good option for certain construction projects, sometimes it’s simply more feasible or more cost effective to opt for complete building demolition or extensive interior demolition. At U.S. Demo and Hauling, we provide building demolition services, and would like to share a bit about this process.
- Demolition Permits Are Required
If we are providing complete building demolition, such as the demolition of an entire structure, such as a house or office building, it might seem obvious that permits are required for this process. However, it surprises many homeowners and commercial property owners to learn that many types of interior demolition require a permit.
For instance, if we are knocking down a wall inside a home, this often requires a permit although regulations vary by city. For instance, in Oakland, which is one of the many cities we service, separate demolition permits are required if we are demolishing 50% or more of the walls inside a home or commercial property.
The good news is that licensed demolition contractors are able to apply for these permits, as well as the owners of the dwelling. We will handle the entire process of attaining the demolition permit for you, so there’s no need to worry about this process, which can be confusing for anyone unfamiliar with local regulations.
- Proper Cleanup Is Crucial
While safely demolishing a structure is always crucial, it’s just as important that we provide you with proper cleanup services. Structures can contain a wide range of environmental toxins and hazardous materials. These need to be disposed of quickly and carefully to minimize the impact on the surrounding environment, such as asbestos removal, etc.
At U.S. Demo, we will provide you with a complete clean-up of your lot and remove all hazardous materials. If building materials can be salvaged, we can ensure that any reusable materials are set aside for use on another project. This is another way we can reduce the environmental impact of building demolition. Whenever items can be reused or recycled, this is the best option for everyone.
One of our most frequently asked questions, aside from cost which varies based on the scope of the job, is how long does building demolition take? Typically, demolition can be handled in just a few days. With a total house demolition, it might take seven working days to complete a project, while a garage demolition might only take four days. Obviously, larger projects could take longer to complete, but we do everything we can to complete each demo as quickly as possible, always keeping safety at the forefront of every job.
- We Can Help With Utilities
Beneath just about any structure, you’ll encounter sewer lines and gas lines, and as demolition experts, we also have to be careful to ensure that electricity has been shut off, as well as disconnecting cable or any other type of utility. The team at U.S. Demo and Hauling will handle utility shutoffs for you, as part of our building demolition services.
- There Are Several Types of Demolition
While we’ve all seen cool videos of buildings imploding (implosion demolition) or a giant wrecking ball smashing against the side of a building (crane & ball demolition), these are just two types of demolition. Implosion demolition, while it’s fun to watch, is the rarest type of demolition.
High-reach demolition is another option, used mainly with multi-story buildings. A large excavator reaches the top of the structure and removes parts of the structure. With this type of demolition, we can demolish a structure located in a tight space, such as in urban areas, and we have more control over the amount of dust that is produced during the demo process.
Selective demolition is a fourth type of demolition, where we carefully remove any parts of the structure that can be recycled or reused. As with high-reach demos, this method also can be used to minimize dust and minimize the impact on the environment. This can take a bit longer than a traditional demo project, but it’s far more environmentally friendly.
Additionally, some customers hire us for complete site clearing. This involves removing all of the structures from a property as well as the removal of trees, shrubs and any other objects on a property.
- We Also Provide Grading & Excavation Services
In some cases, clients simply want us to demolish a building and or perhaps several as part of total site clearing services, but if you need grading and excavation services, as well, we can help. We can provide you with basic grading services or excavation for new foundations, including the excavation of trenches for utility lines. Additionally, if you need backfill or erosion control, let us know, as we also can provide these services.
Types of Building Demolition We Can Provide
At U.S. Demo and Hauling, we have extensive experience handling a myriad of building demolition projects, including:
- Total Residential Demolition
- Commercial Building Demolition
- Garage Demolition
- Interior Demolition
- Barn Demolition
- Selective Demolition
- Site Demolition
- Mobile Home Demolition
- Modular Home Demolition
- Trailer Removal
- Swimming Pool Demolition
Call U.S. Demo Today!
Our demolition company specializes in commercial and residential demolition services throughout the entire Bay Area, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Solano and San Mateo counties. If you need any type of building demolition services, large or small, we have the experience to handle just about any demo project quickly and safely. To get started, just click on the Contact Us tab on our homepage and fill out our quick contact form.