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We Offer Many Different Types Of Demolition Services
Houston Demolition Solution is a trusted source for your demolitions, be it commercial, industrial, residential, or even emergency demolitions. Not only do we focus on demolition, but we offer excavation services also. We have our base in Houston, Texas, and we do not only provide our services to this locality; our services are open to all areas, neighborhoods, and cities.
Demolition is a part of the construction. The need for more structures and space for building leads to the need for demolishing old ones. Some buildings and structures are not demolished just for a newer one, but for safety reasons. Demolition in and of itself is the process of carefully and efficiently tearing down buildings and other structures through pre-planned and controlled methods.
It requires well-trained experts with considerable knowledge of various things such as physics and debris. The method considered for demolition is very dependent on the building or structure that you want to demolish. Let’s see the process involved in demolition.
How does demolition work?
Demolition requires careful planning, and hence, demolition is divided into phases. Usually, it begins with the pre-demolition phase and continues into the demolition act itself and then into the cleanup phase.
Before going for demolition, we have to consider many factors, and some things must be in place. It involves some processes: the structure survey, removal of hazardous materials, the demolition plan itself, and safety measures vital in demolition.
When you request for demolition of a structure, the first thing we do is to come for the survey. Here, our experts come over to examine the structure. We will examine its different characteristics, such as the material composition of the building. We will look at the function of the structure or its uses and its condition.
We check these out, but we will also study the environment, and here we will examine the draining conditions, traffic conditions, the communities, and any other thing worthy of note for us to plan and choose the best demolition method.
Removal of hazardous materials
Demolition demands expertise which is why we call specialized personnel to remove hazardous materials. The hazardous materials are asbestos minerals, lead dust, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), ozone-depleting materials, radioactive substances, petroleum contamination, and flammable materials.
After the structure has been surveyed and we have removed hazardous materials from the site of the structure, it is then time to plan the demolition. Experts will draw out a detailed plan for the demolition. The plan will involve how we will carry out the demolition, the equipment to be used, the demolition type, and how much debris is left for cleanup after the demolition.
The demolition plan is always extensive, and everything has to be factored in, including the weather and wind direction.
Safety measures are paramount, and it has to be in place. Safety here is not only for the community in terms of hazardous materials being released into the atmosphere but also for the safety of the site workers, engineers, operators, and supervisors.
Everyone present on-site is advised on and aware of the potential hazards, such as flammable materials, noise, and dust. The necessary permits are also secured. Any houses or other structures that might be affected by the demolition hazards such as dust are notified. Safety measures are put in place to minimize or totally remove the risk to life.
After the pre-demolition phase is completed, then the demolition process itself commences. The method to use for the demolition will have been chosen already during the demolition plan. The method varies depending on whether it is a residential demolition service, commercial demolition, or industrial demolition.
The methods of demolition available include implosion demolition, chemical demolition, deconstruction, controlled demolition, and mechanical demolition. Each one has its strength, and variability is dependent on the structure type and cost.
Implosion demolition involves structures collapsing on themselves. Explosives are used for implosions. Implosions are controlled as they can be dangerous. Flying debris, partial failure of an attempted implosion, and air overpressure result in shock waves traveling outwards, damaging windows. However, it is the fastest method of demolition, and it is usually controlled. It is also safer as it takes lesser time with little to no risk of accidental falls.
Roads in the zone for the demolition are temporarily closed, only allowing for emergencies. Workers and the general public are notified, and the area is established as an exclusion zone. The Athlone power station in Cape Town was demolished using the implosion demolition.
Chemical demolition involves the use of concrete breaking chemicals for demolition. It is a suitable method of demolition for large structures. The concrete breaking chemicals, concrete cracking chemicals, and concrete demolition powder demolish structures with minimal effort. No noise pollution is involved, and it is cost-effective.
An alternative approach to outright demolition is deconstruction. It allows for the preservation of some structures and materials which can be recycled and reused. There is a low amount of materials destined for landfills while also having low CO2 emissions when compared to demolition.
Controlled demolition allows for demolishing buildings and structures in a safe and guided manner. It brings out the best result. Many edifices cannot be destroyed in a day, and they can be done more safely with controlled demolition. The structure is demolished in sections, and stability is ensured during the demolition. It is used for tall buildings and bridges.
Mechanical demolition involves the use of mechanical equipment such as hydraulic excavators and wrecking balls. Mechanical demolition is more precise and better suited to buildings.
Demolition wastes debris will have to be removed from the site. We would usually ensure there is no contamination from hazardous materials such as lead first. We dispose of the hazardous materials first following federal law. Debris, on the other hand, is recycled. Debris includes concrete and brick, wood, drywall, asphalt, and metal. Before recycling, we sort it out. Sorting out can be on-site or off-site.