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Identifying Concrete Problems

Although it might not seem like a big deal, issues with the concrete around your house can cause big problems in the long run. A single rogue crack can turn into a leaky basement in no time, which is part of the reason I started focusing so much on evaluating concrete issues. I realized that by identifying problems early, I could have them addressed proactively to resolve the problem. This website is all about identifying issues with your concrete so that you can get things fixed quickly the first time around. Read more about concrete issues on this blog and why they are so dangerous.

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Need Interior Demolition Done? Three Questions To Ask Before Hiring Demolition Contractors

If you are looking to remodel a space in your home, you may need to hire an interior demolition contractor team. The team will come in and remove all materials that are not needed from the space, giving the remodeling contractor a clean and open space from which they can begin the remodels to your home. You likely already know that it is important to ask the contractor if they are licensed, if they are insured, and how much they charge for the job. But in addition to these questions, there are a few other questions that should be asked as well. Here are three questions you should ask before hiring demolition contractors that you may not know you need to ask. 

Whose Responsibility Is It to Determine If Something Is Load Bearing?

One of the questions to ask a demolition contractor before hiring them is whether they determine if something is load bearing or whether it is your responsibility to do so. Some contractors will simply come in and tear out all of the walls and beams that you ask them to. Others will listen to your plans, but let you know if something is load bearing before they begin to rip it out. You always want to ensure that you are not having anything that is load bearing taken out unless you have a plan in place to carry the load elsewhere. As such, unless you are going to do your own homework on what may or may not be load bearing, work with a demolition crew that will let you know what is and is not load bearing. 

Does Your Demolition Team Consist of Employees or Sub-Contractors?

Another important question to ask is whether the demolition team is made up of employees or sub-contractors. Many homeowners hire an individual for demolition work and verify that this individual is insured. But what they may not realize is that this individual's insurance does not cover sub-contractors. If a demolition contractor sub-contracts out their work, you need to ensure that all of the sub-contractors also carry insurance. If they do not, they can sue you if they are hurt while doing work on your home. 

Do You Recycle the Demolished Materials?

The last question you will want to ask is what the contractor does with the demolished materials. Up to 90 percent of demolished material removed from your home can be recycled. This is a huge amount of materials. As such, try to find a contractor who recycles it and keeps it out of the landfills. 

Asking the right questions can help you find the right demolition contractors for your job. Asking these questions will help you hone in on the right contractor or team, ensuring your space is cleared out and ready for your home remodel or renovation project. To learn more, talk to companies like National Concrete Cutting.