2 things that can slow down the speed with which a demolition project is completed

Posted on: 27 August 2018

If you are planning to have one of the demolition contractors in your area demolish your property soon, and you want the process to be completed as quickly as possible, it's important to be aware of the things that could slow down the speed with which the demolition project is completed. Carry on reading to discover what these things are.

1. Inadvertently obstructing the passage of other vehicles

The machinery which is used to demolish a building is usually extremely tall and wide; things such as excavators, cranes and bulldozers take up a lot of space. As such, if the property you want to demolish is located next to a fairly narrow street or a road, it's quite possible that the machinery your contractor will be using for the demolition process could partially or totally obstruct a section of this area.

This could present a problem if the road or street is very busy, as the obstruction could affect the ability of motorists to move forwards, which could, in turn, result in major traffic congestion that could impede the movement of the demolition machinery (as the operators may not be able to reverse or turn their equipment if there is a traffic jam).

It could also lead to some of the affected and frustrated motorists disrupting the demolition process by complaining to your contractor. This is why, if your property is located next to a narrow, busy road, you should warn your contractor of this fact in advance so that they can take steps to minimise the risk of the above-mentioned problems arising. This might mean using smaller equipment (such as a mini excavator, for example) and bringing along a portable barrier to the demolition site, which will enable them to divert traffic.

2. Accidentally leaving the building's water supply on during the demolition process

If you mistakenly believe that you have already switched off your property's water supply and tell your contractor that you have, but the supply is actually still on, disaster could ensue when your contractor then starts to demolish the building. The reason for this is as follows; when, for example, the excavator strikes the building, it will hit and break the water pipes. If water is still running through these pipes when this happens, it will flow outwards.

This water could then flood the undercarriage of any nearby demolition equipment and cause serious damage that could render the affected equipment unusable. If this happens, the project may need to be postponed until the equipment can be fixed, or until some replacement equipment can be delivered to the demolition site. As such, it is vital to double-check that the property's water supply is off before instructing your contractor to begin the demolition process.