Demolishing an Old Garage
We were hired by a customer in Wilkes-Barre who had an old, garage on his property. He was getting fines from the city because the garage had structural damage. Unfortunately, this garage was not repairable and the decision was made to demolish it. Demolishing a garage may seem like the nuclear option, but is often times more cost-effective than trying to repair it.
This was a tricky job because there was very little access to the rear of the property where the old garage sat. In addition, the garage was nested between 2 other buildings. The garage wall was compromised, which made the demolition process even trickier.
To safely take down an old garage, we use the mantra “bigger is better”. What that means is that it is wise to use the largest machine possible to demolish a structure because you have more control.
When you have a collapsing garage sitting between two other buildings, losing control of the garage can be devastating. We decided to bring in a Komatsu PC88 Excavator, which is the perfect sized machine for projects such as these.
Taking Down the Garage
As you can see in the video above, a lot of precaution and safety measures were taken to ensure this demolition project was a success. We had to constantly monitor the position of the garage in relation to the other buildings. The trick was getting the garage to fall directly forward without “blowing out” the side walls.
Once the garage was on the ground, the next step was to clean it up. Normally, we place a 40 yard dumpster right next to the debris pile and simply load it up. Due to the tight access of the driveway and house, we were only able to get 15 yard dumpsters in there. This required us to “grind up” the material more so it would all fit in 4, 15 yard dumpsters.
The next step was to clean up all the old cinderblock from the foundation walls. We brought in our Caterpillar 262D skid steer to assist with this part of the project. Within 2 hours, the whole pile of cinderblocks was removed and hauled away.
A New Yard
Now that the garage was demolished and all the debris was cleaned up, our customer can enjoy his new yard. We left the concrete pad so there is a safe, solid space to park vehicles. In addition, his yard doubled in size! Demolishing an old, unsafe structure on your property can completely transform your land as well as increase property values!
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Demolition Contractors
If you have an old garage or other structure on your property, give A+ Enterprises Demolition a call. We are fully licensed & insured demolition contractors in both Scranton, PA and Wilkes-Barre, PA. Our company serves a 100 mile radius of Wyoming, PA and can handle any-sized demolition project.
Request a FREE Garage Demolition Estimate
Call us today! 484-658-3333
- Mark Van Dyke
I can't say enough about Sal. He was very patient, knowledgeable, and went out of his way to ensure my company was taken care of. I absolutely recommend anyone to use this company. They get in and out very quickly and offer a great price. They also stick to their word which is very rare now-a-days!
AMAZING!!! 30 years of junk in a HUGE truck garage. We could not have done this job without A+ Enterprises. Thanks to Sal, Joe and the entire staff. I've never met in this day and age such HARD WORKERS!!! Also extremely polite and professional. I HIGHLY recommend this company to everyone. My rating is A+++++++++++
Very nice to deal with. Showed up promptly. Worked throughout the entire day. Did a fabulous job! Would highly recommend.
- TJ Belt
These guys are awesome! They came here when promised, were really nice and friendly, and they did what they were supposed to do in a timely fashion. The price quoted was changed because I had more “stuff” to get rid of. However, they quoted the difference before getting the rest of the things out and we agreed. I will certainly call them next time. Thanks, A+!
A+ Enterprise . . .gave an accurate estimate. . .did a PROFESSIONAL job. . .the team was "on-time" completed the work on schedule. . . very easy to work with. . .Highly Recommend!
I would rate over 5 stars if I could. A+ Enterprises is definitely A+! When we called them we were surprised to hear that they do same-day service, and they arrived quickly. The owner, Sal, is a wonderful guy who is honest and friendly. Everybody works very efficiently and is professional. Can't recommend them enough!
- Michelle Pennington
Excellent communication starting from the first call through our entire demolition project. Answered the phone and responded to emails and texts promptly. Got the job done quickly and efficiently. Highly recommend A+ Enterprises.
Professional Service and Very Affordable. Fast and Efficient. I highly recommend.
Requested a free estimate and they called me back in seconds! They were much more affordable than other big name companies in the area and provided service the day I requested. The movers were friendly and awesome! They moved out my awful bulky sofa with no issues! Absolutely would recommend to anyone! They are efficient and completely organized!
- Jennifer Bitters
Incredibly professional and responsive to all of my questions. Each time I called I spoke directly with sal. No need to leave a voicemail and wait for a call back. Sal, Shawn and Mackenzie have been amazing to work with. I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for dumpster rentals.
These guys are the best! Very professional and super courteous and easy to work with! We had a tight space to get it into driveway and they made it look easy and didnt even leave a scratch !! Great prices too!! Thanks for helping us out!!! John and Maryjo
I would highly recommend them they did a great job and the men were very hardworking and very nice I intend to get them back for more at another time
- Jon Mcleod
Omg you guys were very efficient and did such a n amazing job cleaning out all the junk our tenants left behind. Very friendLy staff and you’re pricing was very reasonable for all that you guys did. Thank you so much. Keep up the awesome work!! Highly recommend!!
Absolutely amazing! Highly recommended! I recently moved to Pennsylvania and purchased a fixer upper in Luzern County. I had a large pile of debris from the house that I needed to get rid of. I called A+ Junk Removal and spoke with Sal. He was extremely professional and very personable. He was able to work with my schedule which was greatly appreciated. Sal also contacted me through text to remind me of my scheduled appointment. Joe and Andrew showed up on time to give me an estimate for my junk pile. They gave me a great price and got right to work. Both Joe and Andrew were very polite and extremely professional. Very friendly as well. They did an amazing job! I couldn’t have asked for a better crew to come and do this job for me. I am extremely appreciative for Sal, Joe and Andrew. I highly recommend this company and will definitely use them again on the future. Thank you so much A+ Enterprises!
I got a 100% accurate estimate from the owner and he dispatched a crew to clean out my house the next day (!). The guys were professional and very nice and personable, making a tough situation much easier to handle. Moreover, they worked until the job was done way over my expectations. This company has the best prices in our area and they are complete pros. I would recommend them to anyone...don't hesitate and call A+ first! They will be my first call in the future!Added 3/1/2020: So 18 months later I had to clean out a 2nd floor apartment and 3rd floor attic. This attic was stuffed floor to ceiling with junk and the apartment full of furniture. Sal had a crew there within 24 hrs of my call and cleaned it out in ONE DAY! They even swept up and went through with garbage cans to completely clean the house. I value good service and A+ always delivers...I recommend them to my friends and family and have now used them 3 times. Each time the price is far less than I expected and the work is way better than I'd expect. If you have a job that you're afraid to deal with...call them!!!!! It is the best call you'll ever make! They have always come through for me. Thank you!!!!