Thursday, April 20, 2017

Feeling a Little Empty?

When you strip it all down, its just more stuff....
Demolition is basically about efficiently moving materials from Point A to Point B

But there is a lot that happens in between.......

Sometimes structures get cleaned up right before demolition.....

It's like tidying up before the Cleaning Lady comes.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Demolition is scheduled. Don't overlook dust control......

Dust Control 

A method often employed by Southern Demolition and Environmental for Dust Control during Demolition:

            Fire Hydrant + Meter from Water Authority + Backflow Preventer + Fire Hose 

Fire Hose typically comes in 50' lengths and can be attached to each other (depending upon fittings) to gain the length needed to efficiently move water to the jobsite. The meter measures the output which is charged by the water authority for the duration of the project.

The Backflow Preventer is important to keep unwanted backflow from the municipal water supply.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Demolition - Wait, What Do I Get For My Money?

Ugh, Demolition, a necessary evil for so many. The payment of money, jack, bones, the big bucks.... mula for what? To make something undesirable disappear? That it a hard pill (bill) to swallow for some. It's difficult to part with money when you literally get nothing in return. It kind of messes with your mind. It is converse to the arrangement of one getting something of value with the payment of money. Normally under-budgeted and often minimized by the lack of understanding regulatory and environmental factors, owners typically suffer major sticker shock when presented with demolition estimates. Why does demolition have to be so expensive? There are several environmental considerations qualified contractors price when determining a bid for the work: For Instance, hand removal of all fluorescent blubs from the facility prior to demolition. THAT takes time and money and labor beyond knucklehead level to ensure that they do not disturb potential mercury associated with the bulbs.......Read All About it, as found on the Georgia EPD website: Other factors that drive demolition costs: Workers insured by Workers Compensation by one of the most risky and expensive classes of insurance (don't get me started......); Distance to the concrete recycling facility, disposal facility, and/or recycling facility; Permitting Costs that vary widely per jurisdiction Volatility in the Value of Steel; Administrative Costs associated with documenting and tracking recycling, waste, personnel, time, project management, safety meetings, equipment maintenance....... I'm exhausted just thinking about it all. I better markup a little more overhead in my next proposal. xxoo, Gina Oh Yeah and This is not me with your money:

Monday, September 12, 2016

So Many Bricks.....So Little..........No Time to Lose!

Brick Brick Brick - the deal with bricks? Southern Demolition and Environmental saves and sells solid, non-painted bricks through it's retail division, "Vintage Bricks" The look and the feel of an old brick that has served another purpose in another life is like nothing on the retail hardware store shelves. We prep them the old fashioned way, with a brick hammer - taking the mortar off that was applied so many years ago. I LOVE bricks, they don't go bad outside and they never talk back - but they do feel good and when the computer screen starts to get blurry, you can find me with a brick hammer cleaning one out in the yard. I can't clean just one though, it's a little hard to just clean one. You start feeling accomplished when you have the first layer on the pallet. It's so tempting to keep cleaning, stacking, sorting, arranging. It cleans up so tidy. So tidier than grammar proofed emails and business development proposals and workers comp audit disputes. I love them so much we started slicing them, to make Vintage Brick Tiles. Today we started packing an order to send to Connecticut. Does Southern Demolition and Environmental recycle? Yes. Is it sustainable to transport them all the way to Connecticut via USPS? That's a debate for another day. A recycle effort that comes with a side of diesel fuel.....xxxooo Gina

Saturday, September 3, 2016


Crushing concrete can quickly achieve efficiencies and meet recycling goals at the same time. The product can be used for fill, road base, pipe base, landscape, erosion control - the list goes on. Southern Demolition and Environmental can help you and your firm determine if crushing onsite or offsite can help your firm achieve the most advantageous scenario for the site.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Rats, Why Does the Demolition Permit require a Rodent Letter?

Most permit jurisdictions require the applicant to hire a licensed pest control company to treat the project structure to eradicate rodents (rats) prior to the demolition. The "Rodent Letter" is often required to be dated within 30 days of the issuance of the permit from the jurisdiction. The City of Atlanta will hold the release of the demolition permit until this letter is produced.

Pest control companies normally charge between $100-$250 for an typical residential structure. Commercial projects will be charged based on square footage and location. 

Should you be the neighbor of the demolition project, this requirement is much appreciated - unless you love......rats.  Running at your you or your home or business in search of a new home. Rats!



Sunday, November 22, 2015

AAAAAGGGGHHHHH Topic #1: How to be a Woman and Ask for Business in a Man's world

How to be a Woman and Ask for Business in a Man's World
Alternate Title:   Demolition Derby Time?

I'm not explaining in this one. I'm actually asking:

"How to be a woman and ask for business in a Man's world?"

It's a legit question. Eight years into this there are themes that continue to recur....

Whisper into the ear of some men the words real slowly: "demo-li-tion, a-ggre-gate, gra-ding, de-ten-tion ponds", and finish it with a sultry "un-der-ground stor-age tanks". They get stupid. They start shuffling their feet in the dirt in their Carharts. They rev their diesel engines a little. They get excited.

But why do I always feel like when I get involved it kind of spoils the man-party.

I'm not the best estimator in the world. I'm not the worst. I actually want to learn AND I don't want to lose money learning.  So if my company is clean and ethical and presents real numbers with average profit expectations, why do we continue to lose to unethical companies appearing before Judges with Judgments handed down year after year? Doesn't any of the buyers of demolition and environmental services buyers actually read the Atlanta Business Chronicle? It's like gossip for people and companies you don't even know, and hope you never do. And it's not even gossip, it's for real. And pray your company never appears there where the fine print legal action takes place.  (Insert I hope I'm never sued but I'm sure I will be Prayer here x).

How do I:
1.) present the proposal
2.) ask for the business
3.) not come off as an aggressive bitch?
4.) and not ask how or why I could possibly lose yet again to a notorious company that doesn't pay their subs?


Meanwhile, while looking (ok, Googling) for a kick ass graphic to go with this post, I may have found some inspiring.......women.........moms..........doing amazing things in a man's world..........though I'm not sure why, but that's not the point. Maybe just a sign to rev up my own diesel and start careening around a little. Maybe put a little Demolition Derby into my efforts.....

Photo: ABC News

Why does "Picking up a Permit" sound so EASY? Part II

Hmmmmm, let's see: last post we were trying to get ALL the information required from a jurisdiction to get a Demolition Permit. This is nearly impossible if attempting by phone and/or relying on jurisdiction website alone.  Even with repeated experience the permit obtaining experience can and will vary depending upon personnel and their interpretation of the permit requirements for their respective jurisdictions.....

As a summary of the previous post, listed below is a simplifield "checklist" that MAY or MAY NOT apply per your jurisdiction for the demolition permit seeker. Quiz the building permit office personnel for the following documents applicability to your project............OR just call Southern Demolition and Environmental and ask us to complete your project with permitting!

For those ambitious do-it-yourselfers here you go:

  • Specific # of copies of a Demolition Site Plan prepared by a registered Surveyor or Engineer.
  • Specific size of Demolition Site Plan
  • Build Back Plan
  • Specific requirements and notes per that jurisdiction desire on Site Plan: ie, dumpster placement, erosion control, topography indicated, state and local stream buffers, etc
  • Rodent Letter or "Rat Letter" - supplied by a licensed Exterminator after treatment to ensure Rodents will not flee during the course of demolition
  • Asbestos Clearance Letter - supplied by an accredited Asbestos Inspector verifying Asbestos Containing Materials are not present and/or have been properly abated prior to demolition.
  • EPD Notification - Required on NESHAPS asbestos and/or demolition work meeting specific requirements and presented to the Environmental Protection Division naming work methods, schedule and other pertinent information relative to demolition and/or asbestos work.
  • Letter from licensed plumber certifying that Septic Tank has been pumped (if applicable)
  • Evidence of intent of installing construction entrance per jurisdiction pre construction inspection requirements.
  • Erosion Control Bond (Cobb County)
  • Current Business License
  • Name and Number of individual holding Blue Card
  • Photos of structure to be demolished - potentially several for consideration by the jurisdiction Historical Society
  • Fees, Site Development Fees, Additional Fees
  • Additional Permits that must be issued in conjunction with Demolition Permit (ie, Sewer Plug Permit per City of Atlanta).
  • Keep 404-478-7142, Office number for Southern Demolition and Environmental in your back pocket for emergency! website:   email:

                                                       Demolition Permit Ready!
                                                                Photo: G Ragsdale