Four Tips To Help With Demolition And Collection Of Reclaimed Materials

Posted on: 10 August 2015

Demolition can often mean that you have a big mess to deal with.  It can also be beneficial to your projects if you want to reuse reclaimed materials. The materials that you take from demolition can be used on other projects, sold and scrapped to put the money back into your business. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your demolition projects:

1. Sealing Off Areas That Are To Not Be Demolished

When doing demolition, you may not be tearing down an entire building. There may be areas of the building that you want to leave untouched. To keep the job clean, separate these areas and seal them off from the area where work is being done. This can be done by using construction plastic and plywood to create a barrier that will keep dust and debris out of other areas of the building.

2. Removing Materials From The Top Down

If you want to save materials from your project, it is important to work from the top down when doing demolitions. This means that you will want to remove the roof structure, ceilings and walls in order. This will help to ensure that materials are not damaged as the demolishing is being done. Wood flooring can be removed before, or you can lay plywood over it while demolition is being done.

3. Separating And Storing Wood Materials For Reuse

Wood materials can be a good resource when reclaiming items from an old building. When removing old wood, you will want to make sure that it is in a dry place for storage. Renting a storage container can be good for storing this material. When storing wood, you will also want to make sure that there is good air circulation to prevent moisture problems. This can be done by laying slats in between the stacks to give space for air to flow around the wood.

4. Storing Recyclable Materials To Be Sold For Scrap

Recyclable materials like concrete and steel can also be a good resource. Other metals like copper can also be a valuable resource to sell for scrap. When removing these materials from an old building, be sure to keep them separated to get the most out of your recycling efforts.

These are some tips to help you keep your demolition clean and reuse and recycle materials that are removed. If you need help with the demolition of an old building, contact a demolition contractor like Alpart Scrap Iron & Metals Inc and talk with them about saving materials from your project.