Posted on: 23 May 2018Share
When you renovate your home, you may consider the possibility of knocking out a wall or two. Removing a wall can open up a kitchen or create a great room out of two smaller rooms. If the rooms in your home are small, then removing a wall gives you more space. However, interior demolition is not something to attempt by yourself unless you know what you're doing. Here are some things to know.
Obtain A Permit
A permit is probably necessary for tearing out a wall in your home. If you plan to do the work yourself, then getting a permit keeps the work up to code and it allows your work to be inspected by a professional. This ensures you haven't made a critical mistake that could result in a disaster for your house or family.
Peek Inside The Walls
Open a space in the drywall to see what's hidden behind the wall. This lets you know what you're dealing with. There could be electrical wiring and plumbing pipes that pose a problem when you begin demolition. You may have to change your plans or have an electrician or plumber do some work before you begin the demolition.
Determine If The Wall Is Load Bearing
Load-bearing walls can be removed too, but the process is more complex. Load-bearing walls support a lot of weight and you can't knock them down unless you put up another form of support. You may need to build a temporary wall for use while tearing down the old wall and putting in new supports.
Since it's critical that you don't start knocking down a load-bearing wall without supporting the ceiling, you must determine if the wall you want to remove is load bearing or not. If you're not sure, bring in a contractor for help and advice. The load-bearing issue is the primary reason to leave interior demolition up to professionals such as those at National Concrete Cutting.
Prepare For A Mess
Drywall is a messy material to demolish. Be prepared for bits of drywall to fly everywhere and for the room to fill with dust. Wear protection if you're in the room at the same time so you don't inhale dust. Also, consider how the debris will be hauled away. You'll need thick construction trash bags and you won't be able to fill them very full since drywall is heavy. Dealing with the debris and cleanup is another reason to let a contractor do your interior demolition.
The idea of smashing down a wall may seem irresistible to you, but there are a lot of dangers associated with the work. While there are many DIY projects you can undertake when you renovate your home, interior demolition is one for professionals unless you take the proper safety precautions for your home and yourself. You don't want to knock out a wall and have the ceiling fall down with it.