5 Important Things To Understand About Home Demolition

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If you are planning on remodeling your home, the first step will be demolition. During demolition, you may be taking down a wall or pulling up all the flooring in your home. Whatever the case may be, you should never just start demolition without preparing first. Here are some important things to understand about demolition before you begin.

You Might Need Permits

Some demolition projects require permits before you begin, so make sure you play by the rules and find out. Your local building and permits office will have all the information you need. Let them know exactly what type of demolition you intend to do and how long you think it will take, and they will let you know if permits are required. It is not easy to hide demolishing projects, so it is best to take the right legal steps from the beginning.

There Can be Hidden Asbestos

Before demolishing anything in your home, have it inspected for asbestos. Older homes have a higher chance of having asbestos, but it is worth the money regardless of how old your home is. Asbestos is extremely dangerous, though you might not notice it is there until you start swinging the sledgehammer, and the dust particles end up making you ill. You should never demolish anything without knowing for certain you are not handling asbestos.

A Variety of Tools Are Required

Part of preparing for home demolition is gathering the right tools. From the beginning, the basic tools you will need area hammer, sledgehammer, variety of pry bars and crow bars, and screwdrivers. These basic tools will get the job done. However, larger demolition projects require heavy tools and equipment, so it might be better to hire a professional to do this for you. That way, you don't need to worry if you are doing it right, and don't have to buy any extra tools.

Safety is Important

Demolition is a dangerous job, which is why most homeowners leave it to the professionals (such as those from Honc Destruction). If you are adamant about doing it yourself, make sure your safety is the top priority. Don't allow anyone else in the home during demolition, even in a different room of the home. Wear protective gear, including gloves, a hard hat, goggles, and a respirator or dust mask. Make sure you also have a sturdy pair of boots on.

You Can Recycle Scrap Materials

After you have finished with the demolition portion of your remodeling project, collect all the scrap materials and bring them to a local recycling center. Most of the items you tear down or pull up can be recycled. You can recycle old windows, cabinets and drawers, appliances, carpeting, tiles and hardwood flooring planks, and many other items.

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