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How to Demolish a House 

If you want to build a new structure in a lot where an existing house stands, you have to do a house demolition process to be able to build what you plan. This is a long process, but not very complicated. You can easily grasp the whole point by reading this article. Just pay attention on how Houston demolition companies do it.  

Demolish a House

Demolishing a house is consists of two parts. The first part is mostly about paper works and house inspection. The second part is about the actual demolition. The paper works like permits and inspections are necessary to determine if the house is ready to be demolished or not. Each state has different requirements for that so make sure you visit your City Hall.  

The following is the second part of the process where labor and manpower is really needed. Read more.  

Disconnecting Existing Services 

Before the house gets demolished, you need to disconnect variety of services and utilities. These are the sewages, the water line, electricity and gas services. This is important to disconnect because gas and electricity lines are dangerous when they are still active while the demolition takes place. All of these should be terminated because it can affect the surrounding supply sources. Contact the supply company and request a service termination two weeks before the demolition starts.  

Ensure that Area is Safe 

Aside from disconnecting the service lines, you also have to make sure that the area is safe. The adjacent walkways and buildings should have a debris-containing fencing so it can’t affect the daily routine of your neighbors. You can also tell them that you have a demolishing project coming up. Their patience will make the process easier.  

Salvaging the Materials 

The most recommended demolishing method is the deconstruction + demolition. This is where you salvage the reusable materials first before you totally demolish the structure. If there are salvageable materials in your house, tell the contractor to recover these materials that can be donated and resold. If you wish to donate the materials, you can ask charities that can assist you with the deconstruction. This will save you money, time and resources. Your demolition costs will also be reduced because it’s tax deductible.  

Tearing Down the House 

Depending on the structure, the demolition process can take from one day to one week. This process will involve a large hydraulic excavator that tears down the house. The same machine will put the unwanted house materials into a dumpster or truck. However if you opt for the deconstruction method, where you do the process by hand, this will take you longer time to complete.  

Removing the Debris 

After the house is completely demolished, the next thing to do is remove all the debris from the site including the foundation of the house.  

Preparing the Site for New Construction 

If you’re going to rebuild something on the site, the same contractor can help you prepare the site for the new structure, using the same heavy equipment.