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What Should Demolition Cleanup Entail?

While demolition can be necessary, it can get messy really quickly. You might wonder what the cleanup scenario will look like if you need a commercial building torn down and don’t have much experience with demolition operations. When the dust settles, there are several tips every contracting crew can rely on to ensure the project site looks as good as new.

So, what should demolition cleanup entail?

Plan Ahead

Once the demolition phase is over, create a solid cleanup plan. Consider planning and ensuring each crew member knows what they must do ahead of time. Discussions during the planning stage may include what types of cleanup methods will be used and what equipment the crew should utilize.


You can use a basic checklist to keep things organized and inform the crew of its duties. Different areas of the project site might have specific guidelines to follow post-demolition. When everyone has a concrete plan to follow, productivity will be at an all-time high.

Use Proper Equipment

It’s important to know what equipment your crew should use before the cleanup process, as cleaning up a demolished structure can involve many factors. You may be responsible for removing large pieces of debris and concrete and/or removing objects from inside the structure.

What Kind of Equipment?

Self-dumping hoppers are common on demolition sites. A self-dumping hopper is a mobile waste container that can be moved on wheels and lifted/transported via a forklift. Backhoes, front haulers, and cranes may be needed to clean up a demolition job. Pressure washers, sweepers, and shop vacs can remove dust and dirt from the area.

Sort & Recycle Materials

Not everything you sort through in the debris will be recyclable. However, there are some types of materials that are salvageable.

Those materials include:

  • Concrete
  • Asphalt
  • Wood
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Various metals

Keep in mind that these materials may vary from city to city. It’s wise to check specific recycling guidelines, as they may vary from city to city. Some materials and items may be reusable for future projects.

Contain the Mess

A recently demolished structure may look like a chaotic mess to those passing by, but a trained crew knows how to keep it under control. Containment includes putting up barriers and safeguards to ensure dust, debris, and other hazardous materials don’t escape the demolition site. While dust is harder to control, you can always wet the area to keep the particles from spreading outside the demolition zone.

Wear Proper Gear

All demolition crews must follow OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) demolition guidelines and wear proper gear when cleaning up a demolition site. Wearing the correct clothing and equipment can protect your crew from potential hazards during the cleanup stage.

What Type of Gear?

Standard gear for demolition cleanups includes:

  • Helmets
  • Steel-toed boots
  • Heavy gloves
  • Protective eyewear
  • Mask with breathers

Remember to do a safety check of your gear and equipment before and after the cleanup process. It’s paramount that everything is in good working order; otherwise,  it could put your crew at risk.

Cleaning up a demolition site is no easy task, but our team has the experience and skill to finish the job to your satisfaction. Contact our contractors today if you’re looking for commercial demolition in Connecticut. We can provide many services, from new commercial construction to tear-downs, site work, and more.

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Ben Raabe

Over the past two decades, I've been building a team of experts at Bella Contracting Services, LLC that is fully equipped to handle any construction and demolition project. As the CEO and founder, I'm passionate about delivering quality general contracting, structural demolition, renovations, additions, and construction management services to our clients throughout the United States.

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