Methods of Demolition

The demolition of a home, building, or structure takes proper planning that accounts for everything that needs to be accomplished in the removal of unwanted material. It begins with surveying the structure, identifying any areas of hazardous materials that will need to be removed first, and finally choosing the method of demolition. 

There are two basic methods used to demolish a structure, non-explosive, and explosive. Choosing the proper method will depend on certain factors, but it is safe to say that the non-explosive process is the most popular. 

Non-Explosive Demolition

This is demolishing a structure by hand or machine that does not employ explosives. There are different tools and machinery that can be used with this method. 

  • Sledgehammer: This is arguably the most popular of all hand-held tools used to destroy walls and structures on a property. 
  • Wrecking Ball: A large, heavy ball that swings on the end of cables attached to a crane, the wrecking ball is quite efficient at knocking down structures that otherwise stand up to bulldozers or excavators. It’s also safer to use as well since this does not put the driver in harm’s way. 
    • The only downside is that once the ball starts its swing, its trajectory cannot be precisely controlled. So, it is possible that the wall or structure comes down in an area that was not intended. However, wrecking balls are not used for demolition where such precision is needed. 
  • Bulldozers & Excavators: These large machines are often seen at demolition sites. The bulldozer is used to push down walls and other large materials. The excavator may be even more prominent as it can pull down larger structures and scoop up the material for disposal. 

Explosive Demolition

This method is used when non-explosive methods simply will not work. In other words, structures that are so tall and heavy that only a series of explosions can bring them down. The technique is rather simple. The explosives are used to destroy the support structures of the building all at the same time. Once gone, the weight of the building collapses on itself. 

The building or structure will fall in two basic ways. Like a tree that tips over and crashes into the open ground. Or it can fall into itself which is called an implosion. The latter is generally preferred when there are other structures nearby. By collapsing into itself, it limits the clean-up area to a size smaller than if the building was tipped over. 

Why Choose Brickley Environmental?

At Brickley Environmental, we are experts in the field of demolition. If your home or property needs demolition services, we are the ones to call. 

In addition to demolition, Brickley Environmental offers the following services. 

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Mold Remediation
  • Hazardous Waste Removal 

Call today to speak with one of our experts. We will listen to your needs, answer your questions, and help you make the best-informed decision about which course of action to take. At Brickley Environmental, we place your needs first when it comes to demolition and the many other services we offer. 

For more information on demolition, click here to visit the OSHA website.