Multi-million Dollar Fines for Asbestos Abusers.

Multi-million Dollar Fines for Asbestos Abusers.

If you’re considering a major renovation to your old home, or undertaking a complete knockdown rebuild, you will want to consider any asbestos or asbestos contaminated area very carefully. While the legal handling and removal of asbestos does present significant extra costs to your project, any attempt to move or dispose of asbestos and asbestos contaminated materials illegally will see NSW dumpers hit with massively increased fines after changes recently made to NSW government laws.

5 reasons the knockdown rebuild of your home smashes the alternatives.

5 reasons the knockdown rebuild of your home smashes the alternatives.

Many homeowners, faced with changing life circumstances, find themselves up against the problem of their house just not being the right fit anymore. Whether to remedy the situation with a move, a renovation or a complete knockdown rebuild (KDR), can be a confusing choice for homeowners. After all, no one wants to make a mistake with their biggest asset. That’s why, here at Home Demolitions, we want to share with you the top five reasons why we believe the knockdown rebuild smashes the alternatives.

Wildlife in the roof when demolishing a house. 

Wildlife in the roof when demolishing a house. 

Recently in Sydney suburbs such as Ryde, Gladesville, Denistone, Eastwood and surrounding areas, Home Demolitions has found some wildlife lurking in places that often get overlooked. Be it possums, snakes or even bats, we strive to make sure wildlife gets a chance to leave before demolition begins. In the event the wildlife doesn’t leave, we always contact the appropriate wildlife services so animals can be safely removed.

Do I need to empty my house before demolition?

Do I need to empty my house before demolition?

When demolishing a home often many household items are found left behind. This can be due to many factors be it renters leaving things behind, home owners looking to leave behind old items and start over, items being over looked or even items that are hidden away in cavities such as roofs, under houses or sometimes buried.

Thinking About Demolishing? Here Are Five Things You Need To Know.

Thinking About Demolishing? Here Are Five Things You Need To Know.

There is a lot more to demolition than meets the eye and although we certainly couldn’t fit everything in one blog post, here are a few pointers to get you in the right direction if you are thinking about demolishing. 

So You Want To Demolish A House Part Four: Structural Demolition

For the uninitiated, demolishing a house can be a daunting task. There are countless factors that can effect the time and cost of your demolition job, lots of paper work to sign and then there’s the actual structural demolition!

So You Want To Demolish A House Part Three: Asbestos Removal

For the uninitiated, demolishing a house can be a daunting task. There are countless factors that can effect the time and cost of your demolition job, lots of paper work to sign and then there’s the actual structural demolition!

So You Want To Demolish A House Part Two: Development Approval And Service Disconnection

For the uninitiated, demolishing a house can be a daunting task. There are countless factors that can effect the time and cost of your demolition job, lots of paper work to sign and then there’s the actual structural demolition!

So You Want To Demolish A House Part One: The Quote

For the uninitiated, demolishing a house can be a daunting task. There are countless factors that can affect the time and cost of your demolition job, lots of paper work to sign and then there’s the actual structural demolition. 

Demolition and the Environment

A common misconception about the demolition industry, and by extension those that work in it, is that demolition contractors have little concern for the environment.

How Long Does It Take To Demolish A House?

Aside from costs, one of the most common things people want to know when they are considering demolishing their home is how long it will take.

As with a lot of these general demolition questions there unfortunately isn’t a simple or  ‘one-size-fits-all' style answer.

It’s all a facade… a brick facade!

So what is your house really made of? Sure, it seems like a simple case of taking a look at your home (I mean everyone knows what bricks or wood looks like, right? ) but as the old saying goes, looks can be deceiving. Houses are often designed to look like they are made from one thing, while actually being made from another. A great example of this is homes with a brick facade. 

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Brick facade, otherwise known as brick veneer, is often cheaper than solid brick or double brick walls and provides the same aesthetic benefits and often better insulation. It’s the style and durability of brick at a portion of the cost. 

Unlike a solid brick wall, which structurally is of importance and holds up the house, brick facade is held up by the house. In brick facade the bricks are essentially siding and are placed on flashing in front of a wood or fibro frame. 

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As the name suggests, brick facade is all about giving the illusion that the entire dwelling is made from brick, and when done well it appears indistinguishable from a solid brick wall. Although this is certainly great for aesthetics, brick facade can make for complications when it comes demolition time as one of our recent demo projects proves!

A particularly creative application of brick facade

A particularly creative application of brick facade

This particular brick facade job was so well done that the house was thought to be a solid brick house with interior floating panels. It wasn’t until our asbestos removal crew started to remove the asbestos panels from inside the laundry at the back of the dwelling that they realised the entire home wasn’t brick at all -  it was an asbestos clad fibro home with a brick facade. 

Our crew in action, removing the brick facade to expose the asbestos fibre boards.

Our crew in action, removing the brick facade to expose the asbestos fibre boards.

As we’ve talked about in previous blog posts, the asbestos removal process is tedious and labour intensive. In order to remove asbestos safely and in line with Australian asbestos removal regulations, each piece of asbestos panelling must be individually removed with minimal damage, wrapped in plastic and placed in a skip. 

In this case, the only way to get to the exterior asbestos paneling was to remove each brick by hand. This unfortunately meant that the demolition job became more involved and labour intensive than initially anticipated. Regardless, our skilled asbestos removal crew was up to the task!

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Sediment control and the demolition process

When undertaking a knock-down rebuild "or any demolitions project" it is important that the potential impact to the environment is carefully managed. Activities that need be undertaken to reduce environmental impact include:

  • Removing and safely disposing of any asbestos

  • Removing and safely disposing of any lead based paint and piping

  • Recovering and recycling any reusable materials such as bricks and tiles

  • Having a sediment control plan to prevent the spread of material beyond the site

One of the most important, and often overlooked, activities on this list is sediment control. 

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During the demolition process land and soil becomes disturbed, accelerating erosion and increasing the potential for sediment to be spread beyond the site, usually due to heavy rain. This can lead to sediment ending up on the road or working its way into local waterways, causing pollution.
The aim of sediment control is to prevent this from happening by implementing measures to keep the eroded sediment on the site. 
Not only is proper sediment control the environmentally responsible thing to do, it is also required by law. Under section 120 of the 1997 Protection of the Environment Operations Act heavy fines can be imposed for allowing soil, mud, cement washings or other sediment to be in a position where it is likely to be washed into a storm water drain. 

Failure to comply with your local council's sediment control requirements can result in huge fines

Although fines vary from council to council, penalties for not complying with sediment control and erosion regulations can start anywhere from $8,000. In Ryde Council, fines are particularly harsh and can reach a maximum of $250,000 for home owners and $1,000,000 for corporations. Minor offences can also elicit on the spot fines from council rangers. 

Some councils require a sediment control plan; a document in which you provide information about what sediment control methods you intend to use on your demolition site. 

The amount of sediment control measures required depends on a handful of factors such as soil type, the slope of the site, the extent of the soil disturbance, the climate and season, and, the size and location of the site. 

An example of sediment control fencing

An example of sediment control fencing

Depending on the site, Geo fabric sediment control fencing can be a straightforward way of making sure soil and sediment doesn’t get washed away off the demolition site. The fencing is set up on the side the land tapers and works like a filter; allowing water to pass through while trapping soil, clay, sand and other sediment. 

 

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CALL US NOW! 1300 045 355

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How Much Does It Cost To Demolish A House with Asbestos?

If your house was built between 1920 through to 1990 there’s a good chance it contains asbestos. While some houses, like the humble fibro shack, wear their asbestos loud and proud, other homes have been renovated to conceal any asbestos. A preliminary site inspection can help to determine if and where any asbestos is located. 

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Regardless of where the asbestos is located in your house, it is important that it is disposed of correctly.  Unfortunately, this process is fairly time consuming as each element containing asbestos must be carefully removed, wrapped and then gently placed in a skip for proper disposal. Although tedious, there is no other way to safely remove unwanted asbestos (is there any other kind?). For this reason asbestos costs roughly three times the amount to remove as other building materials. The removed asbestos is then taken to a specialised site and disposed of. It costs roughly 30 cents to dispose of one kilo of asbestos (about $330 a tonne).

Fibro boards like these contain asbestos and are usually hidden between wood and plaster.

Fibro boards like these contain asbestos and are usually hidden between wood and plaster.

I get it, asbestos is expensive and time consuming to remove, but how much will it actually cost to demolish an asbestos clad home? Unfortunately, there is no straight forward figure as the presence of asbestos is just one of the many factors that can impact the price of a home demolition. Generally speaking, demolishing a one story family home containing asbestos will cost somewhere between $15,000 to $22,000; however, this number will vary greatly depending on other factors such as the material the house is made out of and the amount of asbestos present. 

The easiest way to get an accurate picture of how much you need to spend to knock down a house containing asbestos is to fill out our simple quote request tool. This takes just a couple of minutes and will allow our friendly staff to provide you with an accurate and obligation free quote.

Old sheds like this often have roofs made out of 'Super Six', a product that contains asbestos.

Old sheds like this often have roofs made out of 'Super Six', a product that contains asbestos.

All quotes include the cost of an asbestos certificate, which is required by council and builders in order for new construction to commence on the site of your demolished home. 

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PLAN YOUR DREAM HOME TODAY!

Don’t get weighed down by the Time or Cost it takes to demolish your old home.

At HOME DEMOLITIONS we try our very best to make the process of demolishing your old home go as smooth as possible when it comes to the following;

REQUEST YOUR FREE QUOTE HERE!

CALL US NOW! 1300 045 355

Email: SALES@HOMEDEMOLITIONS.COM.AU