The Dangers of Doing Your Own Demolition

Spending time at home can inspire you to change things up. Maybe you want to make your kitchen more spacious. Maybe your bathroom is long overdue for an update. The possibilities are endless! Many big projects require you to take things apart before you put them back together, though. Home demolition projects should not be taken lightly. It’s all too easy to accidentally damage your home far more than you intended. There are some dangers in particular that you should watch out for if you are attempting your own demolition.

Damaging Your Home 

First and foremost, if you aren’t familiar with the process of demolition, you can easily destroy things unintentionally. Ensuring that you only remove the things you want is a delicate process. You can’t just go at a wall with a hammer and expect everything to go well. There’s a process to safely demolishing any part of your home. 

Collapsing Roofs

One particularly devastating demolition accident is the act of breaking a support wall. Some walls and beams in your home are much more important than others. If you damage a structural wall, you can easily cause your roof to collapse. That kind of repair can easily be ten times more expensive than hiring a demolition professional to demolish a wall safely. 

Unexpected Wires or Pipes

The older your home, the more likely it is that pipes and electrical wires have been run in unexpected places. Breaking open a wall to reveal a now-cracked and leaking pipe will put all your demolition plans on hold. If you run into wiring, instead, you could get electrocuted before you know what’s happening. Even if you don’t accidentally damage these structures, you will still have to deal with either patching up the wall or moving them. It’s easier to have a professional help you strategize where to demolish in the first place. 

Asbestos or Lead Exposure

Many homes built as late as the 1980s have asbestos and lead throughout the construction. If you’re not sure whether your home is at risk, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Lead and asbestos are both deeply toxic. Breathing in particles without safety gear can cause cancer and illness. Demo teams are fully prepared for this kind of situation, and they already have protective gear on hand. 

Injury 

The process of demolition can be hazardous to your safety. Knocking down walls and tearing out floors involves a lot of muscle power and some serious tools. It’s easy to seriously hurt yourself with falling materials or a poorly-swung sledgehammer. You can also pull muscles, get plaster dust in your eyes, or even electrocute yourself if you’re not careful. Experienced demo teams know how to stay safe and avoid getting hurt. They can take care of your whole demolition without anyone getting hurt. 

Don’t hesitate to hire a demo team to take care of the demolition side of your project for you. Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition knows how to take things apart efficiently, quickly, & safely, and then remove all debris from the site. Let us do the dirty work for you, and book your appointment today. 978-317-5388

5 Reasons to Consider Demolishing Your Chimney

If you’ve recently been thinking about your home’s chimney and realizing how infrequently you actually use it, it may be providing more harm than help to your home. Demolishing your chimney may, at first, seem like an extreme measure, but it is a viable option in many cases. Here, you will read about five common reasons to seriously consider having your home’s chimney demolished. 

You can get a deal on pricing

Most homeowners assume that fairly major remodeling projects, such as having chimneys removed, will cost an arm and a leg. In truth, however, this is not the case for chimney demolition. As a matter of fact, it can actually be less expensive to remove a chimney and a fireplace entirely than to leave part of it. This is because the portion that is left behind must be secured, typically with steel beams. If you hire a local demolition team, the price should be fair. 

A chimney may not work with your lifestyle 

In older times, fireplaces often provided families with their sole source of wintertime heat. If you have a historic or colonial house, this is probably what your chimney was originally used for. Nowadays, though, most homeowners use modern heating methods. If your chimney is out of use, maintaining it may be costing you more in the long run than simply having it removed. 

Eliminating chimneys will open up your wall space

Depending on the size and age of your home, it’s possible that each bedroom has its own fireplace. These typically take up quite a bit of space that could otherwise be utilized. Removing unnecessary fireplaces is a great way to add wall space and make all of your home’s bedrooms feel more open & airy, which is a stylish look today.

You may be able to leave the outside stack 

The exterior stack of your chimney may be able to be left standing if you so desire. Sometimes, homeowners opt for this for aesthetic reasons, but in other cases it is necessary. If, for example, you live in a row house and your chimney stack attaches to your neighbor’s, there may be no way to take it down. It is a good idea to have a reputable demolition professional look at your stack whether or not you plan to keep it.

Your utility bills may decrease 

Often people don’t even realize their old & out of use chimneys are causing their utility bills to be higher than they need to be. If you’ve been having insulation issues around your fireplace, it may be due to air leaks. Removing the fireplace and the chimney may help you save money on both heating and cooling costs. 

If you are seriously considering having your chimney demolished, it is important to talk to a demolition expert first. Depending on how your property is set up and how close you live to other houses, there are a variety of factors that could impact when and how your chimney needs to be removed. Safety is the most crucial issue during any demolition. A professional will be able to assess your situation and help you create an appropriate action plan. For demolition experts in the Massachusetts area, call Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition for a flawless job. 

The Benefits of Hiring a Skilled Demolition Team

Landscape renovation can add aesthetic & property value to your home, but the project often requires the demolition of old or existing structures to pave the way for a new design. Pools, sheds, garages, and other structures will often cause homeowners to reach out to the professionals. Each of these projects will require someone who has access to the right equipment and is well-versed with the process. Although you might be tempted to embark on this project yourself, there are various benefits to hiring a demolition professional.

Your Personal Safety

A demolition process in itself poses some specific risks, many of which inexperienced individuals cannot anticipate and therefore take preemptive measures to avoid injury. Skilled personnel, on the other hand, ensure that everything goes according to plan and that there are no unnecessary risks involved. Assured safety brings about that all-important peace of mind regarding any project. Hiring a licensed and insured team of professionals also means that as the property owner, you’re not liable for physical injury suffered by the contracted company workers in the course of the demolition. 

Regulation & Compliance Purposes

The complexity of construction and demolition regulations can also pose a real challenge. Professional demolition companies offer guidance along the way on taking the necessary steps towards a fully-compliant project, minimizing the risk of violating federal laws or local regulations. Violation of set laws may attract hefty fines and undue delays, resulting in unforeseen and unwanted expenses. 

Security for Neighboring Property

Demolition projects typically observe strict boundary points. For example, it takes skill to demolish a house and a pool squeezed between two buildings. An inexperienced crew may cause the neighboring structures unwanted damage, to the detriment of both the property owner and their neighbors. To avoid such an inconvenience, reputable demolition crews understand the process thoroughly and take the right measures to carry out the project seamlessly. 

 

Convenience

One of the primary motivators for employing a skilled crew is the aspect of convenience. A key advantage is that demolitions don’t take longer or cost more than expected once carried out by an experienced crew. A demolition professional who can also remove the debris from your property, like Elite Services Junk Removal and Demolition, allows you to kill two birds with one stone! Once the demolition stage is in the hands of a professional, the property owner can then focus on next steps of the project at hand as the demolition takes place.

Construction and demolition processes demand the proper equipment and skillset. While the idea of bringing down a structure by yourself appears an attractive DIY project, the wrong approach may result in injury, damage to neighboring property, or unnecessary cost. Worse still, the project may stall or fail altogether. A professional demolition team ensures that everything goes according to plan. If you are in need of a professional demolition team you can count on, contact Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition today! 

5 Common Residential Demolition Projects

Many residential demolition & home improvement projects can be completed by homeowners themselves, but most require a professional in order to be completed safely. In addition to safety, hiring a professional ensures that the job will be done right and quickly. When you hire Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition, you are hiring a two-in-one team who will be happy to complete the demolition and remove all signs of debris from your property. Here is a list of some of our most common projects.

Garage Removal

If your garage structure has moved past the point of being a convenient storage space and become more of a hassle to maintain, it might be time for a demolition project. It is crucial to hire a demolition professional for garage projects to ensure safety, as there is the possibility of electrical wiring to work around. A demolition professional will also be able to remove the debris that would take you an additional dumpster rental.

Pool Demolition

Nothing detracts from curb appeal more than a run down and out of use pool. If you have this on your property, it’s time for demolition. Whether your pool is above ground or below, this is not a project to attempt yourself as there are heavy materials, hazardous conditions, and pounds upon pounds of debris to remove.

Shed Demolition

Sheds can be a huge asset to a home if they are in good shape. If they aren’t however, they often have issues with mold, rot, structural damage, and more that can actually detract value from your property as well as be an eyesore! If you choose to take down the old shed yourself, you should be prepared for the takedown process as well as finding a way to dispose of the debris.  A demolition professional & junk removal service like Elite Services Demolition & Junk Removal can do both in less time than it would take you to do it yourself!

Chimney Removal

If your chimney is out of use & aging, it is probably leaking water into your home or affecting your insulation. It’s time for the chimney to go! With a demolition professional, you can either choose to have the entire chimney removed down to the floor, or you can leave the fireplace & hearth. This will be done without injury to the room, and with a proper patch placed on the roof to seal the spot.

Sun Room & Enclosed Porch Removal

Having a sunroom or enclosed porch addition can be lovely in the nicer weather, but can make for another eyesore if they are not kept up and left to rot. It is important to remove these structures before the rot spreads to your home’s foundation. A demolition professional can remove the sunroom, working around wires and ensuring that the connecting portion of your home remains intact.

To hire a licensed demolition professional for your next residential or commercial project that will work efficiently & remove all debris, please contact Elite Services Demolition & Junk Removal at 978-317-5388.

An Alternative to Dumpster Rental

dumpsterHave you finally made the decision to start the home renovation project you’ve been putting off for months, if not years. Now comes the decision to do the demolition yourself or hire someone and whether or not a dumpster is worthwhile. Instead of being stressed and overwhelmed with your project, let Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition to help so you can focus on the fun parts – designing your new space.

Cost

When deciding between hiring a junk removal company, renting a dumpster, or utilizing a dumpster bag, it’s important to keep the cost and your budget in mind. Junk removal services will be more affordable versus a renting a dumpster. With a dumpster, you have to take into consideration the 7-day window between drop off and pick up. With the dumpster sitting on either your grass or driveway during this period, there is also the potential to cause damage which can be very expensive to repair.

Time

Your time is valuable, don’t waste it trying to save a few dollars by doing demolition and junk removal yourself. By hiring our team, most projects will be completed within a day leaving you more time to focus on your own responsibilities.

What Can We Take?

There are several restrictions for what can and cannot be disposed of in a dumpster, including various hazardous waste items that can be a pain for you to dispose of. Some of these items include liquids, appliances, waste, drums, and light bulbs. With a junk removal team, we’ll be able to sort through all of these items and dispose of them through the proper channels.

Hazards

Dumpsters bring along their own safety hazards, especially when there are children around, and can be a huge pain to deal with. Oftentimes, dumpsters are loaded with grease to ensure they can open and close with ease which can turn into fall hazard. In addition to fall hazards, dumpsters can be a breeding ground for bacteria, bugs, and even rodents depending on what you are disposing of.

By hiring Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition for your next project, you eliminate hazards and damage. Call us today at (978) 317-5388.

The Shed Demolition Process by Elite Services Junk Removal

As a general contractor based out of the Boston North Shore area, we often get requests for free quotes to demolish old sheds that have fallen into disrepair. Sometimes these sheds are not well maintained by a previous homeowner and want to be removed by the new owner, or sometimes just the elements have an effect over the passage of a long period of time. Regardless of the reason, Elite Services Junk Removal is careful to follow strict safety protocol and procedure when we demolish and remove sheds for customers. Here is a brief overview of the procedure with which we handle a typical shed demolition.

First, we will examine the condition of any items within the shed, if the customer indicates that the items within the shed are also to be removed. Any items that can be salvaged we will remove and recycle, and we will use our standard junk removal procedures to dispose of any leftover items within the shed that the customer has let us know to remove.

Next, we will check for any electrical or plumbing connections and make sure that all breakers are thrown and all valves are closed, to ensure full safety during the demolition process.

We will then remove the roofing and the roof decking, pulling nails for wood sheds and unscrewing screws for metal sheds, and then collecting all the material for recycling and disposal. Once the roof is completely removed, the trim, siding, windows, and doors are typically next to go. Then, in preparation for the full structural demolition, the electrical fixtures and water pipes need to be removed and disassembled if the shed has electrical and plumbing connections. All material removed will be neatly collected for disposal by an Elite Services Junk Removal truck.

Next comes the structural demolition of the house. If the shed is above a certain size, we may consider bracing some of the walls to make sure that the demolition process happens in a controlled wall-by-wall manner, but most sheds are of a size that the walls can be safely demolished and the roof joists removed without needing to be braced first. The walls will then be disassembled and prepared for recycling or removal.

Finally, all that remains of the shed and its contents will be the floor. Any floor covering will be removed and we will then pry up the subfloor and remove the floor joists and foundation posts. Once all the material is collected, our customers typically are very happy with the additional space and opportunity to replant grass, expand a garden, or sometimes just build a newer, more modern shed.

If you are in need of junk removal, controlled demolition, or any of our other general contracting services, contact Elite Services Junk Removal at (978) 317-5388 today!

Hiring a Demolition Company vs. Doing it Yourself

Summer is a fantastic point in the years calendar where families work on their home. Demolition of many sorts is a task and project many people actually take on themselves in order to save a couple dollars. We are here to say that unless you are extremely experienced with demolition, then you should most likely consider hiring a professional to do it instead. Even if you have experience working in demo, hiring a pro has its noticeable perks.

 

  • Safety Factors:  Each structure and demo project from a small shed to a large outdoor garage has its different aspects and specifics. Elite Services is able to recognize how each piece works and we can take that into consideration. The risk of injury is too high, when taking structures down.
  • Time: Time is certainly money. When working on a demo project, you have to understand it will take much longer then a professional. This will simply alter and hold up your plans with the new and open space you now have. Elite Services is able to efficiently and quickly take down any structure including, sheds, pools, garages, barns, sun rooms & cottages.

You may also be surprised at how cost efficient an easy it is to hiring a demo professional. Elite Service is happy to talk about any situation you may have. For further information, please feel free to give us a call at 978-317-5388 or fill out a contact form.

 

Demolition Safety Hazards

As a demolition company, we understand the various safety hazards that come along with demo work. From small to large demolition projects,  there is always something you need to be aware of. Here are safety tips to take into consideration next time you undertake a demolition project by yourself.

  • Instability of a Structure: Old sheds, barns and structures are not often very strong which can result in safety hazards for someone dismantling them.  Structures have a particular order and way of being taken down. Taken down the wrong way can result in fallen materials onto you.
  • Load Bearing Walls: When demolishing a wall, you need to be sure the wall isn’t load bearing. While an open floor plan is popular these days, you need to be sure your house doesn’t come down during a demo project.
  • Hazardous Material: Some homes and planned demo structures have dust, asbestos and respirable crystalline silica. These hazards need to be considered and actions need to be taken when the situation arrives.

Taking a demolition job on by yourself is extremely dangerous. We suggest hiring a professional company to expedite every job but when you take it on yourself be aware of all hazard. Feel free to give us a call at 978-317-5388 for any and all demolition services.

Barn Demolition

Barn DemolitionSimilar to sheds, many homes across the state have unused barns that are taking up valuable space in backyards. If you don’t need your barn any longer or if you are looking to build a new one, removing it is the first step. An old and unsteady barn also causes safety issues for anyone that comes in the area of the barn.

The big difference between your average shed and barn is the size. When it comes to the removal and demolition of a barn, the entire process needs to be taken seriously. Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition has the equipment and experience available to take part in these projects. We also use all the materials we can to recycle & donate.

While Barns aren’t very often in Massachusetts more people have them then you would think. To inquire about our demolition services feel free to call us at 978-317-5388 or fill out a contact form.