It might seem like an easy job to pull down a residential building, and indeed, many people would be eager to take the chance to smash through somebody's old home. The truth is that demolition work is far less exciting than that and also far more dangerous. That is why the demolition industry (both residential demolition and commercial demolition) is so tightly regulated and why you very rarely hear anything about injuries associated with these projects. Here are a few reasons why demolition work is such an important and valuable service.
Isolating The Site
Most properties that are getting demolished are those that are located in quite crowded city areas where the land is more valuable than the building itself. Because it is so busy, special precautions have to be put in place before demolition is even considered, and often these preventative measures seem larger than the actual demolition job itself. Constructing concrete barricades, alerting pedestrians and neighbours to the upcoming job and monitoring the site for anything bad happening is all part of the prep work that must be done before demolition happens. This isolation of the site is key to conducting a safe and successful demolition, and it is a larger undertaking than many people realise.
Utilising Special Equipment
Wherever possible a demolition contractor will use specialised equipment and vehicles to demolish houses and larger business properties so that they are never directly putting their body in harm's way. The idea of smashing through a house with a sledgehammer might seem fun, but this is rarely, if ever, how homes are demolished. Instead, expensive equipment is used in a very specific and highly monitored way to slowly remove all the key elements of the building. All of these tiles, frames, bricks and any other piece of material are then disposed of in special skip bins.
Slow And Steady
Another popular representation of demolition work is that of a building being obliterated by explosives as people watch from hundreds of metres away. While this does happen occasionally, it is a rather rare form of demolition. In most cases, demolition is a painstakingly long process with specific goals in mind. First, the roof might come off, then the top level, then the next level and so on. Doing this reduces the risk of injury and also allows for a quicker clean up than simply blowing a building up. That is why using expert contractors is mandated by law and why you should be grateful you don't have to do it yourself.
To learn more, reach out to a local demolition service.