The two most important steps which precede any renovation work are demolition (also called demo) and the subsequent disposal. Both these steps require good planning and caution and if you not too familiar with the process, it is wiser to call professionals to do the services for you. Let us discuss one step at a time:
Demolition: The demolition process must begin by carefully planning which parts of the house is to be demolished or whether the whole house is going to be demolished all together. You must be particularly careful if you are demolishing any home which has surfaces coated with lead based paint. This is because ingestion of lead based paint causes severe adverse effects including learning disabilities, behavioral problems, seizures and even death. It is particularly dangerous for children who are six years old or under. Chips, dust, flakes and peels of lead based paint which are natural fall outs of a wall or ceiling being demolished can cause serious lead poisoning. You can run the risk of poisoning if you scrape or sand any lead-based painted surface. Wearing a respirator, gloves, goggles, hats and paper coveralls are the frequently suggested routes for preventing any mishap while demotion of walls etc which has lead based paint on its surface.
Disposal: Both demolition and disposal usually run simultaneously. Thus before demolishing, you must be clearly organized where you will dump the debris. In other words, your disposal plans must be ready. If the quantity to be disposed is small you can dump it in your backyard and wait for the weather to take care of it gradually, or you could hire the services of a hauling company to organize its disposal. You also have the option to haul it all out to the landfill yourself. Many people find rent a container an easy option for disposal. The containers which you often see near construction sites are popularly called roll-offs or dumpsters. So how would you go about renting a container? Firstly you must know that containers are rented out on the basis of cubic yard sizes. So the popular name for a 40 cubic yard container would be a ‘forty yarder’. To keep or park a container of this size on the road, you will need special permits. Your local parking reinforcement office or office which issues building permits would be the best people to provide you with information regarding such permits. Of course, if you have place in your backyard to park such containers, then you do not have to worry about such issues. Which you choose to park the container, you must also keep adequate space in front of the container so that the truck which comes to pick up and drop the container has enough space to move around. It is also important to rent the right size of container to take care of your disposal. Carpeting, scrap wood, drywall, concrete, rock, dirt are the usual debris content which take up enormous amount of space. So it is always better to rent a container which is slightly bigger that what you need. It is also important to remember that containers of similar volume may have varied dimensions. The dimension that you need to check out is the height, since it is always difficult to life weighty disposal materials over the sides of a high container. So ask for a container which is low in height.