10 Essential Questions About Lead Paint Removal

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10 Essential Questions About Lead Paint Removal

Nowadays, many of us are – quite rightly – becoming more and more concerned about health, safety, and overall wellbeing both at home and at work. We’ve noticed that the number of enquiries concerning the removal of lead based paint and varnish are on the rise.

It’s with this in mind that we’ve put together this handy guide to some of the most commonly asked questions about lead in paint, the dangers it poses, and how we deal with lead based paint removal projects.

When was lead paint generally used? When did it fall out of common usage?

Paints and pigments containing lead were commonly used up until the 1960s when the dangers of lead became more well-known. It understandably started to fall out of favour and was eventually banned for sale to the general public in 1992.

Why was lead included in paint in the first place?

There are a variety of reasons why lead was considered a useful ingredient. Different types of lead helped to pigment certain paints, especially white and cream shades. Lead was also added to help make paint dry faster, resist moisture, and provide a durable finish. However as its health risks became more well-known, other safer compounds started to be used instead.

Why is lead paint dangerous?

When a surface coated with lead paint or varnish starts to crumble or degrade, it releases tiny lead particles into the air, which may then be inhaled – thereby entering the body. Alternatively, children may pick at a crumbling or flaking surface, with some even putting the flakes or dust in their mouths.

Lead exposure can result in a number of potentially serious health complications, with those who undergo prolonged and continued exposure being particularly at risk. Exposure to lead is particularly dangerous to children and pregnant women, but it’s important to remember that lead poisoning can affect anyone who inhales or ingests it regardless of age or medical history.

Are there any types of buildings or fixtures that are most likely to be painted with lead paints?

Unfortunately lead paints could potentially be present in any residential or commercial property built prior to 1992. DEFRA suggests that the could be a good guide; if the building was constructed in the 1960s or earlier and has original coats of paint, there’s a good chance there could be lead paint around somewhere. If your building was built later than 1992, there shouldn’t be any lead paint present.

Prior to 1992 (and especially before the early 80s) lead could be found in all kinds of paints and surface coatings, including regular interior wall paint, wood paints and varnishes, masonry paint, and metal paints or coatings.

From our perspective at Soda Blasting Ltd, we find that the regularity of lead paint removal enquiries is increasing; but many people are still unaware of the sheer dangers of lead paint and the care needed for its safe removal.

What advice would you give to those who suspect they may have lead paint on their premises?

If your building does feature some lead paint, you may not necessarily have to panic. Lead paint becomes a threat when the surface gets old and starts to crack or crumble, or if the surface’s integrity is in any way disturbed. If the lead-painted surface is likely to be interfered with (e.g, being brushed, knocked, picked, or chewed by children or pets) it can release dangerous lead-containing particles into the air.

When you’re embarking on any kind of renovation or redecoration in an older building, you need to consider the potential presence of lead paint, no matter how small your project may be.

If your surface is not crumbling and generally is in good condition, suggest simply sealing it in with an overcoating of modern paint.

However, if you have any concerns about a surface on your premises – especially if you have or are expecting a child – it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re in any doubt, seek out the advice of a professional lead paint removal service like Soda Blasting Ltd.

How do you find out whether a surface contains lead paint?

For smaller projects (i.e., those with only a few surfaces in need of testing) a lead testing kit is used. A small cut is made in the painted surface with a knife, and the broken area is swabbed and tested. The kit provides a conclusive result in 30 seconds or so. We can document the results of any lead test if you so require.

Larger projects with multiple different walls and surfaces in need of testing will most likely require examination by a specialist lead surveying company in order to produce safe, accurate, and timely results.

What safety measures and procedures do Soda Blasting Ltd use when removing lead paint?

If we find that lead paint is present, only our operatives are allowed to enter the area during removal. Lead particles are most dangerous when they’re airborne, so our staff all wear air filtration/breathing masks when removing lead paint. They may also wear other safety apparatus required by the cleaning method in question (e.g., ear defenders). If the project allows, we may also use water-suppression methods to “damp-down” the dust, helping to control the spread of the particles.

When embarking on a lead paint removal project, be aware that clean washing and eating areas must be provided for our workers; this can be a welfare vehicle or a clean facility away from where the work is taking place. The remnants of removed paint are moved into covered skips and must be disposed of by a specialist disposal firm.

What types of blast cleaning do you use to remove lead paint? Does the choice of method rely on the presence of lead paint?

The presence of lead paint doesn’t impact the cleaning method we use, but it does impact the safety measures we have to follow during the cleaning process. We decide what cleaning method to use depending on the type of surface in question and the finish we are removing; in order to remove paints and varnishes, we typically use soda blasting, glass media blasting, or steam cleaning.

What regulations are out there relating to lead safety in the workplace?

There are a number of regulations in place to keep workers safe from all kinds of lead exposure, not just exposure through paints.

The Control of Lead at Work (CLAW) Regulations 2002 (SI 2002/2676) states certain responsibilities that employers have to their staff to prevent or control their exposure to lead.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) details the “management of health, safety and welfare when carrying out construction projects”, including hazardous materials.

Are there any other resources out there to help keep me and those around me safe?

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have a number of useful materials covering a wide range of workplace health and safety topics, and have specific resources for lead safety at work.

In terms of lead safety at home, DEFRA have provided about lead paint in the home, and some local authorities may have online resources relating to avoiding lead pollution, such as this thorough guide from

If you have a surface that you think may contain lead-based paints or coatings, get in touch with the experts at Soda Blasting Ltd. Our friendly team are dedicated to achieving safe and satisfactory results for every one of our customers, and can arrange a site visit to suit you. So give us a call on 0800 774 7632 to discuss your options today.

Disclaimer: The information in this article is provided only as a guide, and should not be considered as health or safety advice. Soda Blasting Ltd will not be liable for any loss, litigation, damages, injury, or illness relating to the display or use of this information.

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Lead Based Paint Removal on Commercial Properties

Lead Based Paint Removal

Lead Based Paint Removal on Commercial Properties

Lead paint has been proven to cause life-threatening issues, especially if you have been exposed to it over an extended period. You are most likely to find lead based paint in structures that were built before nineteen seventy-eight, but there is an even higher risk if the building was constructed before the nineteen-fifties. Some of the commercial structures that can contain lead paints include offices, apartments, banks, schools, and stores to name a few.

If you are looking at getting paint removed from your building that contains lead, you will need to hire a company that is certified to remove this harmful material. If lead based paint removal is not completed correctly, there could be a greater chance of contamination and/or exposure. If you are unsure if the property that you own or manage has a lead-based paint issue, you should contact a contractor that is licensed and has the proper means to detect lead. It is always a good idea to know the process of removing the paint so that you can prepare in advance for what you will be dealing with.

If you are a company that is considering getting into lead paint removal, you will need to have you or the workers that you intend to do this receive training and certification, as per the EPA Guidelines.

In either of the cases above, if there is no EPA Certification and training, the work should not be attempted or done!

Abatement Process
Before starting to remove anything, you need the proper safety procedures put in place. You need the proper equipment as well. This equipment includes respiratory protection, protective eyewear, HEPA attachments for your vacuum, and restrictions/signs for the area where the paint will be removed or covered. You might also need suits and gloves that defend against these harmful materials. There should also be sheeting placed below and around the area that is being worked to help minimise dust and paint chip debris.

There are four basic types of dealing with lead paint, and they are:

  • Encapsulation – This is the process of using a special coating that forms a seal that is impervious, thus securing the lead paint within. You need to note that encapsulation can diminish over a period, is not a long-lasting solution and does not work on all surfaces. It is one of the cheapest, as you might not have the dust or diminished air quality, and it can be painted over the surface after prepping it correctly.
  • Enclosure – To achieve this, you will be covering up the area in question with a new solid one (much like re-covering a countertop or installing a bathtub fitting over the existing one to make it look brand new again). The materials that are most used to construct inclusions are acrylic sheets, aluminium, drywall, fibreboard, paneling, tile, underlayment, and vinyl. Note that this is also not a permanent fix.
  • Removal – A professional can use wet sanding on the surfaces with the use of an electric sander that helps to contain the paint chips and dust within a specialised HEPA vacuum attachment. Or they could use a heat gun on a minimal warmth setting of no more than 1,100 degrees, as well as scraping by hand. Other types of removal include wet hand scraping with liquid paint removers and the use of wire brushes. When using any kinds of strippers you will need to know what hazard it can create, as some are known to produce a fire, can leave traces of remover behind (so that the new finish will not adhere properly), or can leave lead residue on the surface to be painted and can generate dangerous remains. If the work is being done on the exterior of a building, vacuum and water blasting can be used, but should still be done with great care.
  • Replace – If you do not want to deal with the top three abatements, then the only one that is left is to completely remove any area that contains this paint and replace it with an entirely new product, such as a wall.

With any of the Abatement procedures, you and everyone around you will need to extensively know the safety measures to be taken, the type of covering, removal or replacement you will be using, and the types of tools that will be needed for the project. Lastly, you will need to make sure that you follow all guidelines for the proper disposal of all of the materials once finished.

To find out how we can help with Lead Based Paint Removal get in touch with us here.

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Strip Out Contractors London

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How to find the best Strip Out Contractors London, UK?

You must choose the best strip out contractors for refurbishment or fit-out projects because it will ensure the work is completed on time. It will avoid unnecessary delays, costs, and risks. Many companies promise to offer excellent fit-out and strip out services that cover everything from floors to ceiling and what lies in between. Still, you need to take that extra care while you hire Strip Out Contractors.

What factors should you consider before opting for Strip Out Contractors London, UK?

Here are the few things you should take note of before hiring the strip out contractors:

Check their record:

You must check whether the contractor is an expert at offering solutions to small offices or entire buildings. The contractor must have experience of working in spaces of all types, whether small or big. It is advised to verify their credibility online by checking the reviews left by past clients. You can even call one or two of them and find out if they complete their work within the decided timelines or not.

Type of service your contractor offers: You must check out if the contractor is available full or part-time to provide you the needed support. Also, see if their strip out services include all of the following:

  • Metal pan ceiling systems
  • Full Catt “A” strip out
  • Dry lined walls and Jumbo stud
  • Power isolation
  • MF plasterboard and grip type suspension ceiling
  • Floor finish removal

See if your strip out contractor is compliant with current Health and Safety regulations:

The strip out contractor must assure regular site visits by qualified Health and Safety advisor. You must know this to be sure; all health and safety standards are taken care of and also to minimise the risk of penalties.

Documentation: The Strip Out Contractors London, UK, must provide the details that cover scope and sequence of work about the strip out project. When proper processes are made, it will keep personnel involved in the project fully involved, and the operations will be carried out smoothly.

Will, the site manager, supervise the team: The site managers must have a good experience, and they must be present on the site to manage the operatives and to liaise with the team. A good strip out company will have their site manager assigned, and you should not be concerned about the day to day tasks.

The contractor must have a good experience: If you want to avoid delays and disputes down the line, you need to hire the contractors who are upfront and know exactly what they are doing? They must understand the challenges they may have to face when handling your project and come out with efficient and cost-effective solutions to all the problems.

Keep a note of the above-given points when hiring Strip Out Contractors London, UK. Discuss your needs with the contractor beforehand and ask for a quote.

To find out how our Strip Out Contractors can help, get in touch with us here.

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Benefits of Using Abrasive Blasting Before Surface Coating

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Benefits of Using Abrasive Blasting Methods Before Surface Coating

Abrasive blasting uses various materials to strip imperfections, paint, rust, and other contaminants from a surface. It’s an important step in surface coating preparation, as it cleans a substrate and creates a surface that will hold a protective coating. Blasting takes the place of more labor-intensive cleaning methods like wire brushing or sanding and can speed up the surface preparation process by up to 75 percent.

Abrasive Blasting Methods

  • Bead blasting: Uses glass beads to remove surface deposits; it works well for cleaning fungus, paint, and calcium deposits
  • Wheel blasting: An airless blasting technique that uses centrifugal force to shoot abrasives against a surface without the help of a propellant
  • Hydro blasting: Also known as water blasting, this technique uses high-pressure water to remove paint, debris buildup and chemicals
  • Wet abrasive blasting: Uses cold or hot water to remove grease, dust, and hazardous materials; a user can add detergent to the water to improve cleanliness levels
  • Dry ice blasting: A technique that uses air and dry ice to dislodge items from a surface, as well as decontaminate; because the dry ice sublimates, cleanup is minimal
  • Micro-abrasive blasting: Also call pencil blasting, this dry blasting technique uses a small nozzle that directs a fine stream of abrasive media to a targeted area; this method is suited for detailed work
  • Bristle blasting: Instead of using a blast media, this technique uses a high-carbon rotary steel brush that prepares a surface and makes it coarse
  • Automated blasting: An automated blasting process done within a chamber

Media Used for Abrasive Blasting

  • White aluminum oxide: A sharp, reusable and durable abrasive that cleans and penetrates metal; technicians often use it to prepare a metal surface for painting
  • Aluminum oxide grit: A standard blasting media used for grinding, polishing, surface cleaning, and surface coating preparation
  • Glass beads: Reusable glass media that’s lead- and silica-free to clean and polish metal without causing dimensional changes
  • Crushed glass grit: An abrasive made from recycled glass bottles that are used to remove coatings from materials like coal tar, epoxy, paint, vinyl, and polyurea
  • Acrylic: A gentle abrasive used to strip sensitive surfaces
  • Corncob grit: A reusable, biodegradable, organic media made from corncobs to clean and remove surface contaminants
  • Pumice: An abrasive made from lightweight volcanic rocks that are ideal for less aggressive operations
  • Walnut shells: Blasting media made from walnut shells that cleans and polishes a surface without marring, scratching, or etching it
  • Silicon carbide grit: The hardest blasting media available; used for etching stones and engraving glass
  • Steel grit: Used when aggressive cleaning is needed on steel or foundry metals; also used for metal surface coating preparation

Benefits of Abrasive Blasting for Surface Coating Preparation

Abrasive media is generally inexpensive and many types are reusable. Blasting offers additional economic advantages because it efficiently cleans surfaces better and faster than traditional techniques. It’s also effective at removing rust on metal surfaces.

Abrasive blasting prepares surfaces for coating applications effectively. During the process, it’s important to keep temperatures and relative humidity levels low using temporary climate control solutions to eliminate excess moisture that could hinder the protective coating’s application and drying. Temperature and humidity control are particularly vital when preparing metal surfaces, as the bare metal’s exposure to the environment makes it susceptible to oxidation.

To find out how we can help with Abrasive Blasting, get in touch with us here.

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A Fast Clean and Safe Way to Remove Lead Paint

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A Fast Clean and Safe Way to Remove Lead Paint

Good painters know that surface preparation before repainting is critical for quality and longevity of new paint. They also know that thick lead paint removal is a pain. Plus, most paint applied before 1978 is lead-based. With the new EPA’s RRP rule, dry abrasive methods such as power sanding, power planing, and mechanical scraping without vacuum attachments are prohibited; so is high temperature heat gun usage. These methods create and disperse lead dust, chips, and vapors which are seriously harmful to children and adults. Some contractors are upset with the requirements imposed by RRP, but the US is way behind European countries in regard to lead paint safety.

In the late 1980s, a safer and more eco-friendly method was developed in Sweden by a historic restoration painter. This method uses mid-range, infrared heat waves to heat both the substrate and the paint at a lower temperature. Therefore, it greatly reduces the hazards of removing lead-based paint in three ways:

  1. Metallic lead vaporizes at 1,100°F (the temperature at which high heat guns operate). The mid-range infrared heat waves heat the paint and wood only to 400-600º F. Dangerous lead fumes are not released.
  2. Containing lead dust is difficult and costly but critical to prevent operator, building occupants, and the environment from being contaminated. The scraping of the soft paint created by the infrared heat generates minimum dust; dry scraping, sanding or shaving paint creates lots.
  3. The soft paint scrapings clump together and drop onto a plastic sheeting; they are easier to contain and bag up. While pressure washing surfaces may be faster, it leaves water full of paint chips in the work area’s soil, making it difficult to clean up without removing the top soil itself. Use of toxic or non-toxic chemical paint removers leaves messy goo also difficult to contain.

Another key consideration to remove lead paint is the impact on wood, especially old, more valuable wood. Chemicals leach out natural resins and leave residue even after rinsing. High heat (1,100ºF) guns force paint pigment back into the wood and risk scorching and igniting wood. Sanding and shaving leave gouge and burn marks if not done skillfully. Pressure washing and new steam paint removal methods often leave irregular surface marks in the wood, drive moisture back into the wood, and create layers of “gray wood” which must be scraped away and or they will threaten the adherence of new paint. All of these methods can damage wood.

Infrared heat paint removal can be the gentlest process on the wood. The infrared heat penetrates into the wood and pulls up natural resins, paint, and moisture deep within and rejuvenates the old wood. Yet, the lower temperature of 400-600° F. minimizes the risk of scorching the wood or catching it on fire. The stories of these heat gun fires are legendary.

Infrared paint removal The time for the entire surface preparation process is reduced using the infrared heat method. Set up, operation, and cleanup are faster than with other methods. There is no extra time for rinsing, neutralization, drying, or sanding the wood; it is immediately ready for primer.

Since there are several brands of infrared paint removers on the market, look for these qualities:

  • UL listing to verify safety testing.
  • Shock absorbers to reduce bulb breakage.
  • Automatic, overheat shut-off mechanism to prevent damage to the machine and the wood and to prevent paint overheating.
  • Built-in safety shields extending beyond the infrared bulbs that set the correct distance between the bulbs and the painted wood. These shields eliminate the operator’s guesswork about what distance is safe yet effective and also reduce overheating.
  • Comprehensive instruction materials and training videos to assure quick operator proficiency, safe operation, and proper maintenance of the machine.

Infrared heat for paint removal is a new technology whose time has come. Preservation of older homes rather than demolition is growing. People are choosing to rejuvenate their old homes for aesthetic, historic, and ecological reasons. Infrared paint removal offers a safer, gentler, and more ecological method to remove lead-based paint and bringing old wood back to life.

To find out how we can help you Remove Lead Paint, get in touch with us here.

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Remediation of Contaminated Land

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We Hereby present different remediation technologies for cleaning up contaminated sites and examples of their implementation in the UK.

The UK, as the first industrialised country in the world, has been estimated to hold over 400,000 hectares of contaminated land, much of it a legacy of the Industrial Revolution.(1)

Contamination of the ground has various causes. Much of the UK’s contaminated land is the result of historical industrial use, before environmental protection policies were implemented and before working practices were planned to minimise environmental impact. However, ground contamination still arises today from leaks, spills, accidents, poor waste disposal practice and discharges.

We are experts in identifying the potential environmental risks associated with these sites and provide our clients with advice on further steps to follow when a property has been identified as potentially contaminated. But once a site investigation has been undertaken and the presence of contaminants is confirmed on-site, what alternatives are available? Are these sites unsuitable for purchase? Do they have to be discarded for use? The answer is No. The increasing scarcity of available greenfield and available land in urban areas has made developers find in these sites an excellent opportunity for development.

Stimulated by economic drivers, world-class regulation and a determination to regenerate the physical business environment, the UK has made the good management of contaminated land a key priority. This has led to a great development of innovative solutions over the last decades to clean-up and regenerate contaminated land. (1)

In many cases, the aim of remedial works does not necessarily have to be bringing the site to its natural state but made it suitable for its intended use. This ‘fit for purpose’ strategy saves time and money, while still protecting public health and the environment.

Here is presented a framework of the steps recommended to follow for the good management of a brownfield land that could potentially be brought back to use.

Phase 1: Preliminary site investigation

An extensive desk study to understand the history of the site and its geographical/geological content.

Phase 2: Intrusive on-site investigation

A thorough risk assessment to identify all sources of contamination, the receptors (e.g. Human health, water resources, ecosystems) that may be damaged and the pathways between them, evaluating whether linkages constitute significant risk and setting appropriate targets. This phase usually requires borehole drilling, sample collections, and laboratory testing. (1)

Phase 3: Remediation works

An options appraisal to select the best technology, balancing the costs and benefits of clean-up, and the sustainability of options. An assessment of whether a technique is appropriate will take into consideration:

  • its performance in eliminating the contaminant(s) of concern and meeting the remediation objectives.
  • whether the process will work in the given site conditions
  • whether remediation will be completed within the time available
  • stakeholder agreement
  • the availability of the process

The contaminated land industry, both in the UK and worldwide, has developed a range of different remediation techniques to address the wide variety of potential contaminants and the differing conditions on each site.(2)

Remediation technologies can be defined in accordance to the type of treatment processes taking place, such as: biological, physical, chemical and thermal. Additionally, remediation solutions are also referring to where the action is taking place On Site or Off Site. The table below presents a brief summary of the most commonly used technologies in the market.

Table 1. Classification of remediation technologies by process (Edited from Defra Research Project Final Report – Contaminated Land Remediation). (2)

In terms of the type of contamination at the site, it is possible to broadly categorise contaminants into different groups depending on their properties as shown in the table below.

Table 2. Contaminant groups used to assess applicability of remediation technologies by process (Edited from Defra Research Project Final Report – Contaminated Land Remediation). (2)

The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides a user-friendly remediation technologies screening matrix tool to easily screen for technologies for a remediation project. Variables used in screening include contaminants, development status, overall cost, and clean-up time. (3)

Phase 4: Verification and validation

Monitoring to assess whether all the objectives have been achieved, with the relevant evidence duly presented. The monitoring and validation process is critical to the successful outcome of land regeneration projects. Effective monitoring and validation procedures help assess the clean-up process and allow a change of direction where necessary, while helping validate that contract requirements have been delivered. Monitoring is a critical part of working environments, ensuring regulatory limits are being met and helping instigate mitigation measures when targets are not being achieved.

The UK’s expertise in land remediation has been borne out of necessity. UK firms take a leading role in the development of innovative solutions to the clean-up and regeneration of contaminated land, having carried out some of the most iconic regeneration projects across the world. Case studies of these will be examined in the next instalments of this series of blog posts.

References

(1) UK Government website, 2015. Land Remediation. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/land-remediation-bringing-brownfield-sites-back-to-use/land-remediation-bringing-brownfield-sites-back-to-use [Accessed 4th April 2016]

(2) DEFRA, 2010.Research Project Final Report. Contaminated Land Remediation. [Accessed 7th April 2016]

(3) The United States Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Treatment Technologies Screening Matrix. Available at: https://frtr.gov/matrix2/section3/table3_2.pdf [Accessed 6th April 2016]

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The Benefits of Conducting a Demolition Project

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If you have a tired domestic or commercial property, you might be weighing up either a demolition project or renovation as your main options. While this is often the case, demolition can be the preferable of the two.

Why? Well, there are many benefits of conducting a demolition project over renovating. So, if you’re wondering why demolition services are a good idea, feel free to read on!

The Benefits of Conducting a Demolition Project

1. You have a clean slate

The most obvious reason for conducting a demolition project is that you have a clean slate to work with. Starting with a plot of land rather than a building gives you much greater scope for the project’s later stages and means you can be more creative with your ideas.

Similarly, it gives you greater potential for more easily incorporating new features that might have been lacking in the old building, such as outdoor space, parking, and more.

2. It’s easier to improve safety standards

Building safety regulations have come a long way in recent years and updating an existing building to conform, particularly if it hasn’t been touched in a while, can become incredibly expensive.

After all, safety is one of those things that you simply can’t avoid. So, arranging demolition services might seem like a costly option initially, but if you took a look at the money you’d spend on safety it won’t seem as bad.

3. You can utilise more modern construction methods

The main purpose of demolition is to make way for new projects. Importantly, these new projects can utilise more advanced construction methods and materials. While you might have been able to add these onto the existing building, it makes sense to start fresh if you have the option.

Modern building styles are vastly different to those of the past, too. We now favour large windows and open spaces, which weren’t possible with traditional building techniques. Arranging demolition allows you to just start from scratch.

4. A professional company will get it done quickly

It’s unlikely you’d consider doing a demolition project yourself. But if you did, your progress would be quite slow because you’d have to do it all by hand. There’s only so much demolition you can do with a sledgehammer and determination.

Hiring a London demolition company, however, will get the job done much quicker. A professional company has access to tools and equipment you don’t, meaning it can tackle much larger projects with greater ease. And, the sooner the demolition is done, the sooner you can move on to the next stage.

5. Professional demolition services offer greater protection

A demolition project will have strict boundaries, particularly London demolition due to the urban nature of the environment. While it can be tempting to go at your structure with a sledgehammer, not tackling the project properly could result in damage to other structures.

However, using a professional London demolition company will ensure that everything you don’t want demolished will be protected. A professional company will make itself aware of the relevant boundaries before work starts. What’s more, they’re precise enough in their work that they could demolish a building and leave its foundations intact, which is beyond the skills of someone with a sledgehammer.

6. Demolition can often be environmentally responsible

Depending on a structure’s age, demolishing it could become dangerous. Although not as common as it was, asbestos is still present in many older buildings. In this case, the most environmentally responsible thing to do is demolish it.

But, this sort of thing is best handled by a London demolition company. There are very strict regulations around dealing with hazardous building substances, and it’s not something you’d want to try yourself.

Demolition services will also help with non-hazardous substances. For example, conducting a demolition project with a professional company often ensures the waste products get recycled where possible, or at the very least disposed of properly.

You probably won’t have the same options when taking care of this work yourself. Sure, you could probably take the waste to your local rubbish centre, but that’s just another job to handle. T&T Group offer this as part of the whole project.

7. It offers better compliance with local regulations

Along with health and safety regulations, there are numerous other codes you must comply with when arranging a demolition project. Knowing all of these in advance can take a long time, and missing even one or two could jeopardise the later stages of your project.

But conducting a proper demolition project ensures you comply with all necessary regulations put in place by the local council. A London demolition company will know exactly what needs to be done for a compliant project in the city and will be aware of any recent changes that could slip by you.

The Benefits of Hiring Professionals for Demolition

While it’s usually entirely possible for you to take care of demolition yourself, hiring a professional demolition services company is often the logical way forwards.

Most importantly, a demolition company consists of experts for just this type of work. In much the same way that you’d hire experts for anything else, so too should you hire experts when demolishing any kind of structure.

This is true regardless of the scale of the project. Handling something small-scale on your own can be tempting, but even then you’d benefit from the expertise and equipment a professional London demolition company can offer.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are plenty of benefits to conducting a demolition project. Whether you want to extend your home, make use of a property you’ve bought, or something else, demolition can often be a logical way to start making changes.

If you need a London demolition company, contact T&T Group for assistance. We have many years of experience in London demolition and are intimately aware of local safety codes and regulations. We can get the job done quickly and efficiently so you can move onto the next stages in no time at all.

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