Demolition is an integral part of many property renovations. If you’re an amateur or professional, demolition needs to be done right and many risks need to be mitigated. There is the danger of flying rubble, projectiles and all sorts else, as well as potentially harmful dust and substances that you can breathe in. Besides all that, the task needs to be completed in a proper manner to maintain the integrity and structure of the surrounding property. This can be a lot to manage, so here are a few tips to help make your wall demo a success.
Get expert advice if you’re inexperienced
If you have any doubt about what you’re trying to do then be sure to get advice from an expert before you start any demolition. The stakes are high when it comes to knocking down walls because if you impact the wrong ones, the ceiling or whole building could collapse. Hopefully, you’ve done your research and inspections to determine which walls are load-bearing and which aren’t. If you aren’t sure – enlist the help of an expert.
Invest in proper PPE
Demolition is a dangerous process and you should be fully prepared and kitted out with the appropriate personal protective equipment before you start proceedings. Essential items include safety goggles, gloves, protective shoes or boots and respirators for anyone who is in the vicinity. Don’t take any chances because demolition is unpredictable and you could end up hurting yourself or someone else.
Get the surroundings ready
Taking down any wall is going to be a messy task and the surrounding rooms can be filled with dust and rubble. Cover floors, furniture and anything else that is exposed with tarpaulin or sheets to save them from getting blanketed in all sorts. Doing this will also make the clean-up job a lot simpler, especially if you’re creating a large open space. The property will need time to air and settle afterwards to reduce the amount of dust in the air, so be prepared to give it time.
Don’t get reckless
Although knocking down a wall is one of the more fun jobs going on a renovation project, it’s important to not get carried away. Reckless demolition can cause damage to other parts of the property or the structural integrity of the building, so be precise, accurate and effective. Make sure you use the right tools for the job too because the wrong tools can cause more damage than you were hoping for and be extremely inefficient. Good luck!