Industrial Demolition Contractors Aid in Disaster Sites

USACE structural experts kept a constant watch on the heavily damaged structures surrounding Ground Zero Industrial demolition contractors provide crucial assistance in disaster zones. After an emergency, demolition and salvage firms help eliminate dangerously damaged structures. They also lead the way in demolition and asset recovery efforts. While we may think of tents and blankets as the items most needed after a disaster, demolition expertise is a key ingredient in rebuilding communities impacted by disasters, in the ways listed below.

Tearing Down Damaged Structures. Flooding, earthquakes, fire, tornadoes, hurricanes—each of these natural disasters destroy buildings to the point that they are unsafe, and must be torn down. Demolition contractors understand how to take down structures in safe ways, and how to reuse as much as possible from destroyed buildings.

Removing Piles of Debris. After a disaster, mounds of debris linger. Demolition firms have the contacts, tools, and procedures for removing post-disaster debris.

Handling Hazardous Materials. Demolished buildings can contain toxic substances. Demolition companies know how to safely handle deadly substances within buildings, including asbestos, radioactive tools, and combustible materials.

Recovering Value from Disaster Areas. While a post-disaster landscape may look like so much garbage, the raw materials within broken buildings hold value. Concrete, metal, fixtures, and even pipes can be recovered and reused. Demolition and asset recovery includes sorting and selling building materials for reuse elsewhere.

To be maximally effective, disaster companies should be consulted before a disaster hits. Industrial demolition contractors should be involved in all stages of disaster planning, since they will be called upon to clean up if a natural emergency should occur.

[photo by: USACE HQ on Flickr via CC License]

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