What Can I Salvage From A Home Demolition?

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When carrying out demolition projects, be very careful. There are some items that you can salvage. Not only can they be sold or used in future DIY projects, but these items should also be kept from landfills. To salvage usable materials, you will be taking part in a form of demolition known as deconstruction. This process requires a close attention to detail so that no essential salvageable materials are missed.

Glass

Glass can be recycled over and over without losing its quality. Therefore, there is no reason to throw it away. Besides having inherent properties that makes glass highly useful, the extent to where it can be recycled is another major reason for its widespread use.

Appliances

Any appliances that are in perfect working condition should be salvaged. They can sometimes be directly installed in a different home. Even if this isn't possible, the appliances are a wealth of parts and scrap metal.

Drywall

Drywall is a very common building material, so this can be salvaged all throughout most homes. The drywall has many ways it can be reused, from patching walls to creating concrete. Since drywall can leak sulfate into nearby waterways, it is especially bad to simply toss it into a landfill.

Doors and Cabinets

Doors and cabinets that have minimal damage can usually be salvaged and simply installed in a different home. The door should not have any rot or broken glass. The cabinets should not have any rot or water damage.

Fixtures

Any lighting fixtures that are still working should be removed. This is especially true for ornate and premium light fixtures, such as chandeliers. The fixtures should be tested by an electrician before salvaging them to verify that they still work.

After you have salvaged the materials, you will need to determine what to do with them. The materials made out of metal can simply be taken to the scrapyard because scrapyards already have systems in place to determine how much the metal is worth. Still, make sure that you separate different types of metal because the scrapyards will often pay only for the least expensive metal in the scrap heap. If you have copper mixed in with aluminum, you'll receive much less money.

For the rest of the salvaged materials, contact an appraiser who will assess how much the materials are worth. That way, if you donate them, you will know how much you can write off on your taxes and if you choose to sell them, you will maximize your profits.

When you are ready to begin your demolition project, contact a company like Colorado Cleanup Corporation.

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Stop Mold in Its Tracks

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