Interior Demolition: From Idea to Action
Smith Brothers Junk Removal is happy to offer full service interior demolition for your next project. Here is everything you need to know about this process.
When you take a look around your home or office building today, do you start to get ideas? Maybe you are tired of seeing the same cabinets you’ve had when you first purchased your home and moved in. Or maybe you are thinking how much easier it would be to watch your kids if you had an open concept from your kitchen to your living room. Or maybe you are starting to hire more staff for your business and are deciding you need to take out some non-load bearing walls in order to create more office space. These questions may lead you to making decisions that involve real professionals, and Smith Brothers Junk Removal is here to help you understand everything you need to know about interior demolition. Once you know the basics, you can start to feel confident in bringing your interior projects to fruition.
One of the best ways to get started on your ideas is to know what to expect when it comes to removing the barriers standing in your way. Some examples of this may be kitchen cabinets, appliances, flooring, non-load bearing walls, or ceilings. Once the project has been identified, the Smith Brothers Junk Removal team will want to start doing everything they can to prepare. This is going to involve bringing all the materials such as trucks and tools needed for the job. The next important step is removing any appliances or materials that are not going to be demolished. These items need to be safely moved to whatever area is outside the project scope, and securely wrapped in blankets and stretch wrap to prevent any potential damage. Lastly, all capping of electric and plumbing needs to be complete for cautionary purposes. Once preparation procedures are accomplished, the demolition may begin.
Even prior to preparing for the demolition project, it is important to have a clear idea on where the work is being performed. As previously mentioned, there are a number of different areas a demolition can take place. For example, an upstairs bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms, basements, hallways, offices, and other interior structures. Once the project has been identified, the team will begin removing items such as cabinets, sinks, and islands. The next focus will be more cosmetic items like window treatments. Next, the team will move on to doorways and room entries. And finally or if necessary, walls and ceilings will be removed along with any insulation. Most of the process is pretty straightforward until this last step, where it begins to get a little more complicated.
Contaminants and Responsible Disposing
As this project continues to progress, there are a few concerns that demolition crews need to be aware of. In many cases, there is a group of fibrous silicate minerals that is used in the structural makeup and insulation of buildings and homes that is harmful to a person’s respiratory system known as asbestos. Asbestos are very useful because they are durable and heat resistant, but once it makes its way into the airflow it becomes difficult to detect, and poisonous once inhaled. If asbestos exist in the insulated areas of walls or ceilings, they will be released into the atmosphere once demolition occurs. This needs to be monitored by the crew for the safety of residents. Another important distinction is being responsible once debris starts to fall as a result of the project. In order to be environmentally responsible, a demolition crew must know what to take to the landfill and what must be recycled as rubble is being removed.
Completing a Job
As I am sure you could imagine, these projects involve a lot of labor, leaving large amounts of fragments and rubbish. Once everything within the scope of work has been demolished and removed, what happens next? One of the most important parts of a crew’s job responsibilities is cleaning up the mess. A final walk through needs to be done to make sure all debris have been removed from the premise. All of the affected areas by the demolition should be swept and left orderly to the expectation of the customer. What could be worse then tearing everything apart in someone’s building or home and then expecting the owner you are doing the project for to clean up after you? Expectations should be communicated by the professional to the property manager before any transactions have occurred. We offer these cleanup services after every project is complete.
Now you know what to expect when you dive into an interior demolition project. Remember, there isn’t a project that is too big, or too small for our crew within Ozaukee, Dane, Jefferson, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Walworth, Racine, and Kenosha counties in southern Wisconsin. We strive to provide quick and efficient demolition services for any size project!