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Austin Demolition

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If you’re remodeling your home, you’ll probably need the services of a demolition contractor at some point or another. Before you hire anyone, here are a few things you should know…

Explosive demolition only accounts for 2% of demolition jobs.

When you think of demolition, you probably think of explosive demolition jobs – the ones where huge buildings are brought down in clouds of dust by dynamite. However, these account for less than 2% of all demolition jobs. The other 98% are selective demolition jobs.

Demolition and construction produce 1/3 of the country’s waste.

Construction waste, which includes demolition waste, creates about 33% of all the waste produced in America annually. Demolition waste accounts for about 80 million tons of this waste.

Most demolition waste is recyclable, but most never sees a recycling bin.

Most demolition waste consists of wood, metal, cardboard, paper, plastic, concrete, gravel, drywall, roofing, glass and carpeting – all of which can be recycled! In fact, up to 90% of demolition waste is recyclable, but only 30% of demolition waste gets recycled.

Demolition can be dangerous.

You can find thousands upon thousands of articles online with step by step instructions for how to complete a DIY demolition job, but there’s a reason demolition is better left to the professionals. In untrained hands, demolition tools can be dangerous. Last year, over 15,000 people were admitted to an emergency room from an injury implemented by a saw, 4,000 were admitted because of an injury sustained by a hammer, and almost 40,000 were injured by a ladder!

Not all demolition contractors are created equal.

Unfortunately, there are shady demolition contractors out there.  Some don’t even carry insurance! Make sure to do your research before you hire anyone. Ask for recommendations from family and friends. Check online reviews. Question the contractor about their insurance, experience, etc. Do whatever you have to do to make sure you’re comfortable with your contractor.

If you have any more questions about demolition or you need the services of an Austin demolition contractor, you can find Dirty Work on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

Austin waste removalThe above photo shows one of our team members cleaning up the waste after one of our recent Austin demolition jobs. The one below shows what the inside of the house we were working on looks like after we gutted it and the one at the very bottom shows what the job site looked like after we were finished with it. At Dirty Work, we make it a priority to leave our job sites as clean as we find them! If you need more information on Austin demolition or waste management services, find us on Facebook or Twitter. We’re always happy to answer questions!

Austin demolition

Austin demolition

Austin demolition

Demolition seems like a pretty straight forward job. A few sledge hammers, a couple of bull dozers and everything comes down, right?

But it’s actually more complicated than that and we’re willing to bet there are a few things you don’t know about demolition such as…

Demolition should never be done by novices…

There are hundreds of how-to demolition articles on the web designed to guide homeowners in DIY demolition jobs. The problem is “selective” demolition, which would be the type you would need if you were remodeling your home, requires extensive knowledge. It’s not the type of thing you can learn on the web in an hour of research.

The articles make demolition seem simple, but what happens when a problem arises? You won’t have the knowledge or experience to handle it.

Or people without insurance…

Another thing the DIY articles fail to mention is that you need insurance for demolition. Your homeowner’s insurance will not cover anything that goes wrong in a DIY demolition job.

But even if you hire a professional demolition company, they might not have insurance. You must ask about the specifics of their insurance policy before hiring them.

Because you’ll pay for it…

So what’s the worst thing that could happen if you try to do demolition by yourself or hire a company that doesn’t have insurance?

Well, first you’ll have to eat the cost of any damage to your home or property. And as an Austin demolition company, we can tell you that fixing a botched demolition job is usually much more expensive.

But more importantly, you could be held legally responsible if an uninsured demolition contractor you hired is damaged on your property.  That’s right, you could be sued because the business failed to provide insurance to its workers!

Whether or not the worker would win, is a whole other issue, but you’ll still have to deal with the headache that comes with being sued.

And it’s likely someone could get hurt…

Demolition is dangerous in the hands of a novice. Selective demolition of a house turns your home into a job site and it must be treated as such. Extensive safety measures should be taken.

Demolition contractors frequently run into problems such as lead paint or asbestos. If you don’t know how to recognize these dangerous situations and remedy them, you’re exposing yourself to serious risk.

There’s also the risk of damage due to falling walls, shattered glass and more.

For these four reasons, demolition is best left in the hands of the professionals. For more information on experienced and insured Austin demolition contractors, find Dirty Work on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.