House Demolition: Considerations when Deciding on the Appropriate Method

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Demolition involves the complete removal of a structure. The process requires prior inspection, acquiring relevant permits, and disconnection of existing services before the actual tearing down. Before picking on your preferred demolition method, it is essential to consider the structural specifications, surrounding environment, and technologies at your disposal.

The evaluation process will help identify an efficient and safe method by considering the expected noise levels, potential flying debris, and dust. Some of the available options include those discussed below.

Mechanical Demolition

Mechanical demolition involves tearing down a house using heavy machinery followed by appropriate demolition debris removal. It is the most common form of demolition for homes and also the fastest. These include hydraulic excavators which allow for high and long reach. These can access areas that would otherwise be unreachable. The machines require a firm ground and flat space to operate on. For multi-story houses, a wrecking ball may be used. The method requires a high level of expertise because of the risks involved.


Deconstructing involves tearing structures apart by hand. While it is not the fastest method, deconstruction helps to salvage materials for later reuse or recycling. The method is labour-intensive and requires extra safety measures. This is because the people involved will be walking around debris and working in a partially deconstructed structure. The process takes much more time and is more expensive.

The Combination Method

The combination method involves mechanical demolition and deconstruction by hand. It is a perfect method for the environmentally conscious persons who also want the process to be efficient, affordable, and take reasonable time. The house is first taken through the salvaging bit in which any useful portions are removed, and the acquired materials are collected. Once this phase is over, the remaining structure is demolished.

Demolishing a home due to structural errors, to rebuild or use the property for other purposes takes time. The process itself is also tasking, and requirements for the same vary in different jurisdictions. Consider the recommendations given after the evaluation to make the process less strenuous.