The decision to undertake demolition-related activities without the help of a demolition contractor is often not a bad decision. However, a homeowner who chooses the DIY way out of a residential demolition exercise should be concerned about the impact that demolition-related activities will have on the environment.
With this in mind, there are certain common demolition practices that a homeowner should avoid in their bid to undertake an eco-friendlier demolition exercise. Discussed in this article are two of these common practices.
Over-Compaction Of Soil
In a large number of urban residential areas, soils within the residential premises have greatly compacted profiles which often don't allow for the infiltration of storm water. Highly compacted soils often pose a challenge to the growth and development of indigenous plant species.
Many times, homeowners don't realize that they're further compacting the soil during a demolition exercise. The use of heavy construction machinery in the latter stages of a demolition exercise packs down soil, thereby increasing the degree of soil compaction.
A large number of residential demolition activities can be undertaken using lighter equipment (e.g., mini excavators as opposed to the standard-sized counterparts). Thus, homeowners should strive to downplay the excitement that might come with the thought of operating heavy construction equipment during a residential demolition exercise.
Improper Re-Use Of Demolition Debris
After a residential demolition exercise, depressions or holes are often left on the surface of the landscape. Homeowners are required to ensure that these depressions are filled so as not to compromise the safety of residential dwellers.
In a large number of cases, homeowners will use demolition debris to fill up the mentioned depressions. This often seems like an attractive option considering the cost implications of having such debris transported to a landfill for proper disposal.
It is important for homeowners to note that the cost-reduction strategy discussed above can render a demolition site unsuitable for its intended uses in future. For example, demolition debris often contains contaminants (e.g. asbestos fibres and lead) present in various building materials. When such debris is used to fill landscape depressions, the soil within and around the depression will most probably get contaminated. Asbestos-contaminated soils (for example) would not be suitable for the construction of new structures within the residential area.
There's nothing particularly wrong about undertaking DIY demolition of residential structures. However, it has to be done in accordance with local building codes and the relevant environmental protection laws. For assistance, talk to a professional like Dig Dig Pty Ltd.