Did you know that a house can last indefinitely if constructed properly and maintained? Simply maintaining the roof, siding, gutters, and foundation can help keep a house in tip top shape.
A+ Enterprises is a licensed & insured demolition contractor that provides demolition services to the greater Scranton/Wilkes-Barre areas in Pennsylvania.
Guide To Demolishing A House
While the process of demolishing a house sounds simple and straightforward, it is not. There are many variables that must be taken into account such as nearby structures, asbestos, etc. In addition, the operator of the machine must be extremely skilled to have complete control over the machine to demolish the structure.
Some things we don’t go over in this guide are the acquisition of permits, utility disconnects, and asbestos testing.
This guide is for informational purposes only and is not recommended that anybody follow this advice.
House Demolition Steps
- Assess the property for nearby structures & hazardous materials
- Calculate the amount of dumpsters needed & the right sized excavator for the job
- Begin demolishing the structure
- Grind up debris & separate recyclable materials
- Load up dumpsters & clean up all debris
- Remove the house foundation
- Backfill the foundation & final grading
Assess The Property & Order Dumpsters
The first step in demolishing any type of structure is to assess the property. You must take note of any nearby structures, overhead lines, and any other access restrictions. In addition, take note of the size & height of the property.
By taking all of these variables into consideration, you will be able to select the right-sized machine & game plan to continue with the demolition project.
Next, you will need to calculate the correct amount of dumpsters needed to load with the demolition debris. Most houses range between 4-8 40 cubic yard dumpsters depending on the size of the house and the contents inside them. It is important to find a reliable dumpster company that will work with your schedule to ensure the dumpsters are being swapped out consistently.
The Demolition Process Begins!
Now that everything is calculated & ordered, it is time to begin demolishing the structure. Have one employee use a hose to spray down the area you will be working. Make sure the employee is wearing a hard hat and is standing a safe distance away. The water is essential for dust control.
Begin tearing into the house with the excavator, taking small bites at the structure. This will help the house stay structurally sound, instead of collapsing onto itself. As you continue to tear into the house, keep in mind the way the house leans and moves and adjust your process accordingly.
There is a certain amount of faith the operator needs to have in his abilities & control over the excavator. The operator needs to be confident and have complete control over every aspect of the machine. One wrong move and the entire demolition can go haywire.
Load Up & Remove Debris
Now that the house is demolished & on the ground, there is a giant pile of debris left. There will be sections of roofing, long boards, etc still intact. It is imperative that you spend time crushing all this debris up with the machine before it is loaded into dumpsters.
It is easy to crush the debris up! Simply grab it with the bucket & thumb, and crush it until the debris breaks into smaller pieces. Drop it to the side and repeat.
Once all the debris is reduced in volume, it is time to load up dumpsters. Take your time with this and be sure not to damage the dumpster with your excavator. Load the dumpsters scoop by scoop with the debris until a small pile is left that you cannot grab with the large excavator bucket.
Have 2 laborers clean up this small pile and load it into the last dumpster full of debris.
Foundation Removal & Backfill
Depending on the type of house you are demolishing and the area where you are located, there are multiple options for the foundation removal & backfill. Some houses don’t have a foundation and sit on a concrete slab, while others have a deep foundation into the ground.
In addition, certain areas allow you to use broken up parts of the foundation as backfill as long as no other structure will be built on this site. Other areas require all of the foundation material to be hauled away & disposed of.
As a rule of thumb, our demolition company always entirely removes the foundation & backfills the area with clean fill. For budget-conscious customers, we will reuse the foundation as fill but warn the customer of the downsides of doing this.
Hire A Professional Demolition Contractor
Does this sound like way too much work to handle yourself? As you can see, demolishing a structure has many more parts to it than simply knocking it down.
If you are located in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area and are seeking a demolition contractor, give A+ Enterprises a call! We provide all facets of demolition services including house demolition.
Other demolition services we provide include:
- Garage Demolition
- Shed Demolition
- Mobile Home Demolition
- Interior Demolition
- House Gut Services
- Driveway Demolition
- Pool Demolition
- Concrete Demolition
- House Demolition
- Porch/Deck Demolition
- And more!
Request a Free House Demolition Estimate
Call us today! 484-658-3333
- Sandra Hill
Very nice to deal with. Showed up promptly. Worked throughout the entire day. Did a fabulous job! Would highly recommend.
Hired A Plus Enterprises last year to remove some old pool equipment, old yard equipment, and old furniture from my house. There timing, professionalism, and reasonable pricing was overwhelmingly amazing. Great job and look forward to hiring you again!
I was looking for someone to haul away some things from a home remodeling project. I called A Plus and within 10 minutes I received an email and was able to call the owner right away. He sent his crew out the next day and took care of my hauling needs with a great price. I cannot tell you how pleased I am at the prompt, courteous service I received from both the owner and the crew. I highly recommend them. Mary Gadomski
- 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!
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!
Kyle and Joe were wonderful! Very efficient process. I called and gave brief information to a very professional person. They came out the next day. Wiped their feet, quoted me a very fair price, and removed my furniture. I’m very pleased with their service and friendliness. I will definitely recommend them to my family and friends! Meredith R.
- Joe McDonald
The A+ Crew led by Joe G were very courteous and professional.I highly recommend A+ without any hesitation
Sal and his team were fantastic to work with. They were professional and arrived on time. Our scope of work was larger than originally estimated and they immediately dispatched an extra truck to finish up our job in record time. I would highly recommend them for all your removal needs.
This company is not just professionals at their work but also very kid and hardworking. During the scheduling the staff was very helpful and were able to work with my last minute call with no issues. I received a reminder of my appointment witch was very helpful. The team that arrived to the job took care of business before I knew it it was all done. Very respectful and hard working team. Will definitely recommend anyone and will definitely use this company on my next project.
- Charles Zaffuto
Professional and courteous. We have sought the services of this company twice now. Each time they were more than accommodating with very reasonable prices. A+ service.
Fast service, excellent price. Picked up on the same morning that we called.Will definately recommend and call again. Sal was very professional.Guys who showed up at our home were professional as well.We prefer to use local companies and this is one we expect to keep on our list.
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
- Daryl Williams
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!!!!
Top notch. I called and spoke with a Guy named Sal. Very friendly and excellent Customer Service, 100%. I was set up in minutes. The pricing was great. Delivered it next day. When it was time for pick up I advised that I would be working and not able to hear the door so just knock hard. I went out on my Lunch break wondering what the heck? And the Dumpster was gone. Great service. Great Price. I called about 6 Dumpster Rental places and of all of them, A+ Was definitely the best and Props to Sal. Great Service. Truly is A+
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.