In our latest post about demolition, we discussed some basic safety measures demolition companies should follow to in order to ensure a good working environment for the construction workers, along with civilians going by.
Today, I would like to talk about the part of the demolition process that starts right after the building comes down. I think it’s equally important to emphasize on tearing an apartment building down and leveling the property out afterwards with bulldozers. Many times people will focus on getting rid of those walls that they so much want to replace, or those stairs that need to be re-done. But what about the mess that is left behind? Obviously companies will go in with dumpsters to clean up all the debris left behind, however what is to happen with the land? Many times, there are so many materials left buried in the ground which means that it allows a sloppy foundation for the next structure to be put in place. Also, what about environmental concerns? I mean if you knock down a building – you sure will get some materials that aren’t supposed to be in the ground and the water system below it.
Although I am not going to start debating the need of environmental regulation, what I will say is that when someone decides to take a building down, they should be responsible for every inch of that property. The environment isn’t exactly a toy we play with. It’s inheritance that needs to be transferred to many generations after us. So that means that we simply can not abuse it for the sake of the profit. What was there before us, should remain after us. So I ask everyone reading this blog today to deeply consider the effects of not removing all materials from the ground and allowing these metals to be absorbed into our drinking water systems.
It’s like when you want to clean up the table after dinner: you don’t leave the ketchup out on the table for the night, because you know that it doesn’t belong there and it will probably ruin by tomorrow. The same thing applies to environmental situations. Your concrete and debris does not belong in the ground, and if you leave it there much longer, you are going to be poisoning the people that drink from the waters or even the vegetables they eat which have been watered with polluted waters. This is no Green Peace here, but it is common sense and being responsible in your line of work.
Hopefully I didn’t create many frowns with this short post. I think we should always remind ourselves of some nasty habits we have. Unfortunately in the demolition field, our mess and mistakes have serious consequences. So we must be responsible. Look forward to seeing you in other blogs.