Factors to Consider when Hiring a Controlled Demolition Company
Controlled demolition is the act of taking down a building or any other large structure systematically and safely so it has a minimum impact on the environment and people or animals living nearby. Controlled demolitions are common with skyscrapers that cannot be taken don easily using other methods. Take a bulldozer, for example, it can bring down smaller structures quite fast. It is, however, impractical to use a bulldozer for taking down a skyscraper or any other tall structure. Controlled demolitions use advanced techniques and explosives to bring down huge structures. Controlled demolitions are very common, especially in old cities and towns where the structures are also old and losing their integrity. Controlled demolitions of other structures like monuments and giant statutes might also occur when they become a threat to public safety either due to wear and tear or structural instability. These demolitions are extremely risky and must only be done by experts in this field. If you have an old building that you want to be taken down, you can hire the services of such a company. The paragraphs below discuss some things to consider when hiring a controlled demolition company.
First, conduct a very thorough background study of the company. Any honest company will freely give any relevant information about itself. Look at the jobs that they have done in the past, the team of experts that the company has, and whether it is linked to any criminal groups. The demolitions industry is very profitable and people or companies might do desperate things to get hired. If for example, one company has exclusive ownership of a particular chemical used for controlled demolitions, others might try to steal that chemical. If the company you hire is using stolen equipment and chemicals, it might get you into a lot of trouble. Demolishing a building is a very risky activity so you need to make sure the company is up for the task. Find out whether there were any issues with buildings that a particular company has demolished in the past. If for example, there were casualties, you should not hire that particular company.
Another thing to consider is the licenses and accreditation of the company. In such a risky line of work, you need a license for everything. The company must have all the right licenses, they must only acquire demolition equipment from licensed and authorized dealers, and any chemicals they use need to be approved for such work by the relevant regulatory authorities. The chances of finding an unlicensed company in such a risky sector are extremely low but you cannot afford to take any risks. Make sure you have reviewed the company’s licenses thoroughly.
Lastly, consider the cost of hiring these demolition companies. There are very few demolition companies so you don’t have much choice. You can simply compare the few options that you have and choose the most affordable one. Make sure the company does quality work especially of the costs are abnormally low.