All You Need to Know About Selective Demolition

When you think of demolition, what do you picture? Most of us picture something complete and total. Either a building is there or it’s not.

But that ignores the complexities of demolition projects. There’s something called interior demolition that is more selective. It doesn’t involve tearing down an entire structure and starting over from scratch.

Interior demolition doesn’t work in every case, of course. But it’s more common than most people realize. It’s suitable for a variety of renovation projects.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about interior demolition projects.

Reasons for Interior Demolition

Spring is tornado season for a significant part of the country. In the Southeast, tornadoes are more likely in March and April. By May and June, the funnel clouds are more likely to appear in the Plains.

Sometimes, a tornado can take out an entire house, leaving nothing left but the foundation. But a tornado can also damage one half of the house and leave the other half all but untouched.

Not every house hit by a tornado will qualify for this type of project. If the house is structurally unsound, then it may need to be demolished entirely. Yet selective demolition can provide some sense of hope after a natural disaster.

These projects can also get completed for less drastic reasons. Take mold, for instance. A mold remediation project may require selective demolition.

Let’s use a business as an example. It gets flooded one spring, and years later, employees start falling sick. It turns out there’s a ton of mold on the first floor of the building.

Mold is a dangerous substance, so you’ll need to address the problem right away. If remediation alone isn’t enough, part of the building may need demolishing.

Interior demolition will allow you to remove the mold-stricken parts of the building while preserving the rest.

Demolition Sites and the Environment

Interior demolition can also be safer for the environment. If you demolish a building without knowing what’s inside, you’re taking a big risk. You’re also probably violating local construction laws.

Here’s why: When you demolish a building, you can release what’s inside that building into the air. And what’s inside that building might be asbestos.

Asbestos are illegal right now, but they haven’t always been. If your house or office building was constructed before the 70s or 80s, asbestos might still be lurking around inside.

Asbestos used to be a common material for insulation. It was also sometimes used in ceilings, floors, and paint. Now we know that it’s very bad for the lungs, which is why you won’t find it in new construction projects.

An experienced interior demolition contractor will know what to do if they’re working on a house with asbestos or other harmful materials.

More About Demolition Work

If your area gets hit by a natural disaster, there’s a good chance that interior demolition companies will be in high demand. That’s why it helps to hire contractors who can provide their own equipment.

Our company does that. We’ll also come to your home or business after a disaster and give you a free analysis. Contact us for more information.


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