Why You Shouldn’t DIY Structural Demolition
Demolition is the number-one thing you shouldn’t do yourself if you lack the appropriate experience and tools. This should hardly be surprising as homes are extremely complex structures filled with dangerous and important systems and components. Considering that most architects and contractors need all sorts of certification and licensing to design and build houses, it stands to reason that you need a bit of know-how to tear them down properly.
As experts in the field, we at Demo Works have written down information regarding why you shouldn’t DIY structural demolition.
1. You could risk collapsing structures and lives
In demolition, you are trying to tear things down, and there’s a fine line between a wall coming down safely and a structure collapsing while you are inside. Unless you understand architecture, you might easily demolish a wall that is holding up your roof, meaning you fundamentally weaken the structure of your home with your efforts. At worst, your house immediately falls around you, crushing you.
2. It can take longer than you think
Demolition isn’t as quick as you think it is. If you are hoping to tear down a wall in an hour or two, you will be sorely mistaken. Preparation for demolition alone can take a few hours. First, you need to remove any valuables from the area, check and double-check that all water and electricity are shut off, and verify what elements of your home you want to be torn down. Demolition could last anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks. For this reason, it’s imperative to hire a professional and avoid attempting such a dangerous job yourself.
Do things right - Hire a professional
Any work involving structural changes, like moving or tearing down walls, should always be left to a professional. If you can’t safely identify the parts of a wall or know where a load-bearing wall is, don’t attempt to DIY! Aside from the mess, there are a few safety hazards of inexperienced demolition. Hidden electrical wires or even pipes can easily be damaged when tearing down the wall. The cleanup afterward as well is an involved process that takes time and care to clean everything properly.
A professional knows how to use power tools, operate heavy equipment, and works strategically to ensure that the structure is demolished efficiently and without any casualties. You can also depend on them to get the job done right the first time without additional cost or surprises.
If you’re looking for a Full-scale demolition and hazardous material abatement company in Ottawa, ON, reach out to us at Demo Works. We strive to deliver all projects on time and on budget regardless of the size or magnitude. We believe that value for our customers is best delivered by exceptional workmanship and a well-thought-out approach to problem-solving. Our team of skilled workers employs a carefully planned approach to deconstruction throughout the execution phase, which sets us apart in the industry and keeps our clients coming back. We offer demolition and hazmat services to clients across the Greater Ottawa Area.