When you’re tackling a demolition project yourself, there are a few things that can go wrong. Here are issues you might encounter and how to avoid them:

1. Asbestos

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used in many construction materials prior to the 1980s. It is now known to be a carcinogen, and its use is heavily regulated. If you are demolishing an older home or building, there is a chance that asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) may be present. ACMs can release asbestos fibres into the air when disturbed, which can be inhaled and cause serious health problems.

If you suspect that asbestos may be present in the materials you are demolishing, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Hire a certified asbestos abatement company to remove the ACMs safely.

2. Lead Paint

Lead paint is another hazard that can be found in older homes. Lead paint can be harmful if it is disturbed and inhaled. If you are planning to do any work that involves disturbing lead paint, it is important to have these materials tested by a qualified professional before beginning work. If lead paint is found, it is important to follow all safety protocols to avoid exposure.

3. Mold

Mould is a type of fungi that can grow on wet or damp surfaces. Mould can be dangerous to your health, so it’s important to remove it from your home as soon as possible. If you’re planning a DIY demolition, be sure to wear a respirator to avoid inhaling mould spores. You should also remove any mouldy materials from your home before starting any work.

4. Dust

One of the most common problems during a demolition is the creation of dust. Dust is created when materials are broken down and can be harmful to your health if inhaled. To avoid this, make sure to wear a dust mask and use a damp cloth to wipe down surfaces after the demolition is complete. You should also seal off the area you are working in to prevent the spread of dust throughout your home.

5. Noise

Another common issue during a demolition is the noise. Demolition can be very loud and can cause damage to your hearing if you are not careful. To avoid this, make sure to wear earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones. You should also let your neighbours know about the demolition in advance, so they are not disturbed by the noise.

6. Vibration

Vibration is another problem that can occur during a demolition. Vibration can damage your home and can cause injuries if you are not careful. To avoid this, make sure to use a vibration-dampening material such as rubber mats or sandbags. You should also avoid using power tools that create a lot of vibration.

7. Waste

Waste is another issue that can occur during a demolition. Waste can be hazardous to your health and can cause environmental damage if not disposed of properly. To avoid this, make sure to recycle or donate any materials that can be reused. You should also dispose of any hazardous materials properly.


There are many issues which can occur during a DIY demolition. To avoid these issues, it is important to have a clear plan and to be aware of the potential hazards. It is also important to wear the proper safety gear and to have the proper tools. With proper planning and safety precautions, DIY demolition can be a safe and fun project.

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