3 Dangers You Should Avoid When Demolishing Your House

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3 Dangers You Should Avoid When Demolishing Your House

18 November 2016
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Some people may opt to demolish sections of their homes on their own when they feel that the task isn't extensive enough to warrant the involvement of professionals. Such homeowners need to prepare for the demolition process adequately so that they don't put themselves or others at risk during or after the demolition. This article discusses some of the issues that you should think about as you prepare to demolish a section of your home before remodelling it.  

Rotten Wood Hazards

You should inspect your home critically before the home improvement project begins. That inspection should pay attention to identifying any rotten wood that may be present in the structures of the house even if that rotten wood is far from the proposed demolition site. Why is this important? Any unidentified rotten wood can easily give way due to the impact/vibrations of the demolition tools or falling debris. This can result in serious injuries or damage to property that is in the way of the rotten wood that has failed to hold up the structures that it supports, such as the ceiling. Any rotten wood discovered in another part of the house should be replaced before demolition work begins. Extreme care must be taken when demolishing a section of the house where rotten wood is present. This is because the structure may collapse sooner or in a different pattern from what had been anticipated.

Risks of Mould

Mould can easily spread from a demolition site to the rest of the house if you don't clean up the affected locations before demolition begins. You also face the risk of inhaling the mould spores in case you didn't take precautions, such as wearing a respirator, after realising that mould is present in the section that you wish to demolish. Your pre-demolition inspection should therefore be aimed at locating any mould so that it can be cleaned up before demolition begins.

Risks of Breaching Local Laws

Your preparations should also include finding out what applicable laws govern demolitions in your area. Such laws may include restrictions on the hours when demolitions can take place. The area laws may also have guidelines about how demolition debris should be removed from a site. Plan the demolition in a way that doesn't breach any of the relevant laws. For instance, give your neighbours advance notice about the demolition work so that they don't get restraining orders against you once some noise is created during the demolition process.

Building demolition is such a complex process that a layperson may be overwhelmed by all the requirements that have to be met in order for the process to be conducted without any threats to the safety of other people and their property. It is therefore better for you to let professionals with a company like Dig Dig Pty Ltd handle that job so that you are saved from making a mistake that can cause you legal or health problems.

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