From Landmarks to Wreckages: Why Buildings Get Demolished

While building a structure is a timely process, demolition of the same structure is a careful process. Whether it’s demolishing a commercial or a residential building, you need the assistance of a team of demolition professionals specialized and licensed in performing the task.


The reasons for demolishing a building may vary depending on the conditions of their structure and locality. In many cases, the decision is made by the local state government if the buildings are not worth preserving. Here are the 5 most common reasons that require a building to be demolished—in case you were wondering.

Weakened foundations

Look for symptoms of unstable foundations. See if there are any cracks in the walls or if the flooring is bumpy or uneven. These signs can be a call to knock down the building. But there certainly are other factors involved, such as the land shifting or sinking below the structure and deterioration of the foundation’s material. If there’s a presence of any of these situations, the structure shall be safely demolished to avoid any accident in the future.

Mold infestation

If the building is infested with mold, it’s a cause for serious concern. It not only causes the foundation of the building to weaken, but also causes severe health problems.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regular exposure to mold can cause serious health problems. It can cause severe allergies, respiratory disorders, lung infections, fungal infections and bacterial infections.

Presence of Asbestos

Although Asbestos was banned a long time ago in the United States, you might still find it lurking in your old buildings. The presence of Asbestos fibers in the air may cause serious lung-related diseases, most commonly cancer of chest lining and lungs. Therefore, if you identify its presence in your building, immediately seek professional assistance to get your structure demolished or partially demolished.

Change in governmental or zonal laws

The Government may introduce new building codes or local regulations that may require you to make changes in your structures or renovate them. Many times, renovations can be more costly than demolition or the value of the building itself. In such cases, you might want to get your old structure demolished to build a new one to comply with the state regulations.

You might be able to identify that your structure needs to be demolished but it’s crucial to seek professional advice to avoid any inconvenience. At New Jersey General Contractors and Builders (NJGCB), we offer experienced and specialized demolition teams that have developed and perfected methods for demolishing structures, whether they are commercial or residential.

Our licensed workers make it possible for us to provide timely excavation services in New Jersey, ensuring safety and effectiveness. Feel free to contact us for any further queries!

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