5 Little-Known Ways to Save Money from Home Demolition

Posted on 22. Apr, 2015 by Como Disposal

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Whatever the reason for demolishing your home, there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that it’s an expensive endeavour.  Between the act itself, the clean up and the disposal, the cost is nothing to scoff at. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to save money when demolishing your home.  Read on to learn 5 easy and often overlooked ways to protect your wallet while your home gets destroyed.

1.  Yard Sale!

The key to saving cash when tearing down your home is to be resourceful.  You need to know how to use what’s around you, and in this case, it’s your neighbours. A yard sale is a great way to make some quick cash by selling off anything you don’t need, where you can easily make hundreds (and maybe even thousands) of dollars. “You will be able to reach buyers that aren’t as computer savvy and have ready cash in hand. Our yard sale made us another $800 to add to our savings,” according to an ehow.com author. Remember, you’re going to need as much extra funding as you can get.  Anyone who’s done work on their house knows how quickly costs can accumulate.

2.  Sell Off Materials

A good next step after a yard sale is to start selling your home construction materials.  If you place an ad online to websites like craigslist or kijiji, you will find people willing to buy anything. Whether it’s tiling, paneling, doors, windows or carpeting, there is someone out there working on their own project who’s willing to take it off your hands.  The more you can sell off now, the less you’ll have to throw away later.

3.  Recycle!

Depending on where your home is, you may be required to recycle a certain percentage of its weight.  Look at the recyclers close by and find which one will give you the best deal for the amount you’ll be bringing in. This can be costly, but if you check out all your options as opposed to just going with the closest or first find, you’ll manage to save a bit and every bit counts!

4.  Salvage, Salvage, Salvage

You may not realize it but a lot of the innards of your home can make you some decent cash and net a nice return.  Salvage yards will take any copper piping and any wiring in the home, as long as it’s sorted.

5.  Hire a Professional

When you’re left with nothing but wood and concrete in the shell of your house, it’s going to cost you to recycle.  That is unless you decide to hire a grader.  These guys can get the job done quickly and will save you a massive amount of time and effort. Call a bin rental company and arrange for a bin to be dropped off.  This will save you the pain and cost of hauling it yourself, and any professionals you have working will appreciate it!

Do You Need an Affordable Demolition Company?

One of the biggest ways to save money on a home demolition is to hire a reputable company that is also affordable!  Demolition is a serious business, and it needs to be done properly, which is why you need to find a company that has experience.  But how do you find one with competitive rates to boot? For over 40 years, Como Disposal has provided quality demolition services for residential and commercial properties in the Greater Toronto Area.  We ensure that the job is done according to plan, while following safe practices and providing an affordable rate.  Learn more about our demolition services, and visit our website to get an estimate, so you can get the job done right, and on budget!







The 5 Minute Guide To Hiring A Snow Removal Contractor

Posted on 08. Apr, 2015 by Como Disposal

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If you’ve ever been blindsided by massive snowfall, then you know how important a timely response is. Businesses, transportation and even getting out your own front door are all heavily affected by heavy snowfall, and the longer you’re snowed in, the more it will cost you.

Snow removal, especially on a large scale, is far more complicated than meets the eye.  If you get stuck with the wrong contractor, you’ll have more problems than you started with, so the key is picking the right one, the first time.

Read on for a quick guide on how to save money and time by hiring the right snow removal contractor.


There’s no use in hiring a company if they don’t have satisfied customers.  Companies who are proud to publicize their past most likely have plenty of individuals and organizations that will be open to referring them. After all, who isn’t grateful when a job’s well done?


Another thing to consider is the places they service. You’ll need to find out if the company removes snow in your area or not. Once you know that they will service your city, find out if the company sub-contracts.  It’s best if they devote their full attention to their clients.


If a company looks trustworthy and they can get to you, your next step is making sure they’re legally allowed to work. The last thing you want is the people you rely on being taken down in a lawsuit or breaking regulations!

Here are a few details to check for:

  • City Licensing – Is the company licensed to work in your city?
  • Registered Vehicles – Do they own and operate properly registered vehicles?
  • General Liability Insurance – Are they prepared to deal with any issues if they come up?
  • Employee Coverage – Do their workers get WSIB coverage? There’s usually a rating to indicate how well a company scores in this area.

Once you’re confident things look on the level, you need to make sure they’re well equipped.

Tools for the Job

A serious snow removal company will have the proper equipment to handle any kind of snowfall. Look for good variety in their fleet including a regular snow blower, Bobcat Loaders, plow trucks, skid loaders and even dump trucks. If your contractor has all of these, you can be sure they’re self-sufficient and won’t have to rely on others.

The Human Element

Something crucial a company has to have is great customer service. How will they be in contact with you? Will they communicate with you if you’re a tenant or just to the property owner?

If you’re in the middle of a snowstorm, then progress reports are a clear sign the company cares enough to keep you posted. Even better is any signs that they’re trying to modernize. Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets mean you won’t be in the dark if you aren’t directly contacting them.

Do You Need Professional Snow Removal Services for Your Home or Business?

Are you tired of shoveling? Is the amount of snow simply too much to handle?  No matter the circumstances, the challenge is the same:  removing snow efficiently and affordably.

At Como Disposal, we know how disruptive the presence of snow can be to your life or business, so we provide emergency 24/7 snow removal services to the Oakville area.  With the proper equipment and a fast response time, we can provide effective snow removal for any situation.  Visit our site to get an estimate, and get on with your winter day, snow-free!



What Every Business Owner Needs to Know About Underground Oil Tanks

Posted on 10. Mar, 2015 by Como Disposal


Most business owners don’t know that there could be something lurking under their property waiting to drain them of all their money, unless they strike first and consider oil tank removal.  It sounds like a ticking time bomb and it might as well be; underground oil storage tanks (USTs) are much more common than you’d think.

Just underfoot

If you’ve never heard of underground oil storage tanks, it’s understandable.  We don’t use them anymore.  Homes built up to 60 and 70 years ago were heated with furnace oil as opposed to natural gas.  When this happened the USTs were either filled with sand or capped, lost to time.

Not so much.  After time, these tanks start to rust and any oil left over will seep out into waterways and soil, contaminating them.  This can drastically affect your property.

There are some pretty heavy legal issues apart from the fact that the value of the property goes down.  If USTs aren’t taken care of it can end up costing you a lot of money.  Luckily, there are some things that can be done.

Wow, what a hole

Removing buried oil tanks is the responsibility of the owner.  That means you.  Getting it done is important because you could be violating an Environmental Management Act.  You could be found liable for neglecting to deal with the problem, even if you didn’t know about it.

If you decide to get it removed, certified professionals should be the only ones to carry out the process.  Once they look at your property, they’ll start pumping out any remaining oil and disposing of it at a specialized facility.

Next the tank has to be taken out and the surrounding soil and groundwater have to be checked for contamination.  If there’s any found, the contractors might have to completely remove and replace them.

The lengthy process is topped off by a report with photo evidence the procedure was done to the letter.  So how do you go about this and how do you know if you’ve got a UST hiding underneath you?

Into the deep

Whether you’re looking at a property or already have one, you should consider a few things:

  • Property Disclosure Statement:  Have a look at this, if the previous owner disclosed there was no presence of a UST and there is one, they’ll be the ones liable, especially if it’s part of the contract.
  • Magnetic Survey:  If you suspect or are worried you have a UST, this is the first step to finding one and assessing contamination.
  • Hire an expert:  Find a qualified tank removal contractor and engage their services.  Make sure they provide you with reports in case you end up selling the property.

Don’t put this off

The key with underground oil tanks is not waiting.  The longer they lay underground, the more trouble it’ll be.  Oil tank removal is a far better option than paying hefty fines down the road and devaluating your property.

Are you looking for oil tank removal services around Toronto?

Como Disposal has been providing Toronto with oil tank removal services for over 40 years now!  We ensure that the job is done according to plan, while following safe practices and providing an affordable rate.  Fell free to contact us for more information about our oil tank removal services.









Attention Home Owners: Not Removing Oil Tanks Can Cost You A Lot of Money!

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by Como Disposal

oil tank removalIt is prudent to opt for oil tank removal if your home has a heating oil storage tank that is no longer being used. Such oil tanks and the contamination that these tank causes can turn into a financial nightmare if you don’t take proactive measures right away.

Today, oil tanks are not as common as they were a couple of years ago because gas is readily available. However, there are still many homes in Toronto that still use oil to heat their home. Even homeowners that have switched to other methods of heating often forget about the oil tanks on their property. Whether you are using or not using the oil tank, it is time to get it removed by a professional company.

Why is Oil Tank Removal Important?

Oil tanks are a blast from the past. These tanks were not constructed to resist rust and corrosion unlike the double-walled tanks that are available now. However, with rising oil prices, it makes sense to switch to natural gas.

The Liability: You may think just because your grass is green and the plants are flourishing, the oil tank has not sprung a leak. On the contrary, the tank can leak without your knowledge affecting your plants. Just the assessment of the soil to check for contamination in your home could cost you anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000. That is not all.

Just a simple excavation, lifting, hauling and disposing could cost you $1,000. But, if there is a leak or soil contamination, the cost could skyrocket.

Removing contaminated soil from your home could damage your property and plants. It is not known how much of the soil would have to be removed from your property and disposed. Most companies charge by the ton and the cost can vary anywhere from $25 to $35 a ton. In addition to that, you’ll have to hire trucks to haul the soil. You will have to pay by the hour for the trucks and the meter goes on ticking while the trucks are waiting as well as during transit.

The Insurance Angle: Many insurance companies are wary of insuring homes that have old and abandoned tanks because of the huge liability. If they do offer you homeowner’s insurance, you could be saddled with high monthly premiums.

As you can see, the cost of letting old and abandoned oil tanks on your property could cost you an arm and leg.

Opt for Complete Oil Tank Removal

Some removal companies offer sand filling of the tank. While this is one way of de-commissioning, it is not the most efficient. It is best to get the whole tank removed and hauled away. Remember, the tank should only be removed by a TSSA-registered removal company. After successful removal, you will be issued a certificate of tank removal for insurance purpose.

Before your underground oil tank creates a huge problem for you, opt for safe and secure oil tank removal. It is the least expensive option that can save you thousands of dollars in the future.


10 Signs You Need Dumpster Rental This Fall

Posted on 05. Nov, 2014 by Como Disposal

Dumpster Bin Rental in OakvilleAs winter approaches in Oakville, dumpster rental services are helping many families clear out the clutter and make way for new memories. On-site dumpsters make it easier to throw away large and awkward waste, and they’re a great excuse to downsize. Here are 10 signs that you need a dumpster rental this fall.

1. You’re moving

Packing up for a big move? Don’t waste time, energy or money by transporting stuff you don’t actually need or want. Rent a dumpster to make it as easy as possible to chuck whatever doesn’t make the cut.

2. You’re renovating

If you’re tearing out old flooring or getting rid of old furniture, let an Oakville dumpster rental service handle your leftovers. Now you can get right to work on the upgrades!

3. Your attic is full of clutter

Many homeowners don’t even know what’s in the back of their attic. Improve ventilation by tossing the garbage.

4. Your basement has become a storage space

If every seasonal cleaning spree sends another layer of junk downstairs, it might be time to revisit all those piles. You’ll free up space for things that are more fun than storage, and if you go the extra mile, you might even add to the value of your home! A finished basement increases your home’s square footage.

5. You have kids

Kids outgrow toys and clothes, increase the wear and tear on furniture, and inspire more frequent renovations. Whether you have a growing family or an empty nest, your house is probably filled with souvenirs from childhood phases that ended a long time ago.

6. Your yard is high-maintenance

Do you spend every weekend trimming trees, clipping bushes and pulling weeds? Large and well-landscaped yards usually result in oversized amounts of dead plants, which can kill grass, attract bugs and become eyesores. Clear out those piles of yard waste once and for all by hiring an Oakville dumpster rental service.

7. You have a shed

Sheds are magnets for garden clutter, so you can probably make some room in yours. Give yourself the gift of a new and improved outdoor storage space! Clear out the rusty tools and dusty rags, and make future lawn work easier.

8. Your closets and shelves are overflowing

Can you name everything that’s in your closet, or are there corners you haven’t seen in years? Rent a dumpster, and eliminate the useless junk once and for all.

9. Did you experience a flood?

Water damage is a ticking time bomb. If your home was recently flooded, it’s crucial to clear out the soggy boards and furniture as fast as possible.

10. Are you getting a new roof?

A dumpster makes it easy to toss shingles, nails, staples and planks of wood straight off the roof.

If any of these signs sound familiar, your home is a great candidate for a mass removal of unwanted clutter. Do your family a favor, and invest in the best dumpster rental Oakville has to offer.


Basement Demolition In Toronto

Posted on 24. Oct, 2014 by Como Disposal

Toronto-demolition-servicesBuying a dumpster can be a waste of money if the waste generated is very little and only increases during reconstructions and demolitions. On the other hand, renting a dumpster is the best option especially if you’re carrying out a simple remodeling project. Here is a guide for renting a dumpster in Toronto.

Determine if you need a Dumpster

You need to determine whether a dumpster will be a meaningful addition to your project. A small project does not require a dumpster; however, if you are doing a renovation, a dumpster bin will come in handy. It will make your project more efficient while ensuring the site is safe for everyone.

Selecting the Right Dumpster Size

Start by estimating how much debris and waste you will accumulate during the project. Look for a dumpster that can handle a little more than the estimated amount of debris. If you stuff too much in a single dumpster, you will end up with an overweight dumpster and this can cost you more. If you get a smaller dumpster, you will be forced to have another one delivered because you filled the previous one. This means that you will pay more for delivery charges and for renting a second one.

Type of Trash

There are unique ways of handling and disposing different types of trash. Typical waste from a home renovation project such as wood scraps, flooring and cabinets can go into a dumpster. Heavier material from a basement demolition such as bricks and concrete may need a special type of dumpster.

This means that the cost of renting a dumpster will be determined by what you are disposing. Make a thorough assessment of the type of waste you expect to generate. This will make it easier for you to project costs.

Assess Your Rental Period

An accurate assessment of the rental period will help you get the dumpster when you need it. Rentals could be done on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Having the dumpster on your property when you do not need it costs you more and takes up space.

Additional Equipment

If your home renovation project involves demolition, specialized equipment such as forklifts and conveyor belts may be needed. The dumpster you rent may be filled by hands or equipment; therefore, knowing what tools should be included in advance could help you save more time and money.

Rent from Your Area

The distance the dumpster will be transported will be factored in the price. Therefore, make sure you are renting from a local company. You also want to work with a company that is aware of the local disposal laws.

Are you Interested in Renting a Dumpster Bin?

If you live in the greater Toronto area and are looking to rent a dumpster, look no further as we got you covered. We have a long list of happy customers that have used our Toronto garbage bin rental services over the last 40 years. Contact us today for more information. 

Demolition Bin Rental In Toronto

Posted on 22. Oct, 2014 by Como Disposal

Dumpster Bin Rental in OakvilleWaste from construction sites is one of the major contributors of environmental pollution. Demolition waste often comes from various commercial and residential projects. Renting a dumpster to remove waste from your home is a great way to reduce costs, finish the job fast and hassle free. It’s also a great way of tackling larger piles of trash which you may find difficult to get rid of. Many homeowners do not know the benefits that renting a dumpster could bring due to various misconceptions. Here are the benefits you could get from hiring a renting a dumpster in Toronto.

Renting a Dumpster is Cheaper

Most people view renting a dumpster as an expense. This cannot be denied because it costs money to rent a dumpster. Renting a dumpster can help home owners save more money because it’s an efficient way to get rid of sizeable quantity of waste. Without a dumpster, home owners are forced to make multiple trips to and from the dump. With gas prices on the rise, the cost of trips to the dump can really add up.

Environmentally Friendly

If you are environmentally conscious, renting a dumpster is a great way to ensure that your waste is disposed in a proper manner. Once the dumpster is picked up, the contents are sorted by professionals who are specifically trained to handle various types of waste. With regulations restricting what can be brought to the local landfills, renting a dumpster will make it easier for you to dispose a wide range of waste products.

More Convenient

When you want to get rid of waste, a simple phone call will have a dumpster conveniently delivered to your home on the date you requested. Renting a dumpster helps home owners to clear waste without making multiple trips to the landfill. A dumpster enables you to get rid of waste quickly because the dumpster is on site and the dumpster company picks it up once you have finished clearing the waste.

More Flexible

When renting a dumpster, you can choose the size of dumpster you want and the length of time you will need it. Dumpster companies schedule pick up dates that work best for you so this takes away the pressure of finishing your projects quickly. Public dumps and recycling facilities do not operate at night so it creates time constraints. By renting a dumpster, you can work at your own pace and choose what works best for you.

Cleaner Yard

A dumpster enhances the look of your yard when clearing waste. Instead of sorting through the garbage, a dumpster ensures that your waste is in one convenient location. It also provides a cleaner alternative as opposed to creating piles of trash bags.

Are you Interested in Renting a Dumpster Bin?

If you live in the greater Toronto area and are looking to rent a dumpster, look no further as we got you covered. We have a long list of happy customers that have used our Toronto garbage bin rental services over the last 40 years. Contact us today for more information. 


Demolition Services In Toronto

Posted on 24. Sep, 2014 by Como Disposal

demolition services in torontoIf you are a homeowner looking for demolition services in Toronto, you have probably come to the realization that having dilapidated structures on your property is a huge liability.  When these structures begin to fail, they become a real hazard for people, pets and other structures around them.  The wise homeowner will look for ways to make their property safer, protecting people, property and their wallets.

The lifespan of a structure

All structures fall victim to the elements, and at some point need to be either repaired or torn down. When they have outlived their usefulness or are not worth repairing, demolition is the answer.

A structure that has seen better days can be dangerous. Children or pets playing in or near the structure could be injured if the structure fails. Lose siding and exposed nail heads could catch a child’s clothing or skin. A storm could bring the old building to the ground, taking with it power lines and damaging adjacent structures like other buildings or fences.

Commonly Demolished Structures 

  • Garages
  • Tool sheds
  • Carports
  • Greenhouses
  • Potting sheds
  • Storage sheds
  • Porches
  • Barns
  • Shade structures

Benefits of Demolishing old Structures

  • Makes property safer
  • Decreases possibility of damaging other structures if the old one fails
  • Decreases possibility of insurance claims
  • Improves the appearance of your property
  • Improved the value of your property

Removing an old structure reduces liability, improves the look of your property, protects people, pets and other structures, and could clear the way for updated buildings that could better serve your needs.

Demolition Services in Toronto

So you have decided to take care of business and remove that old structure before it collapses or hurts someone.  That’s a wise move.  The best approach to deal with that structure is to hire professional demolition services in Toronto that will quickly dismantle the structure and haul it all away. A professional demolition company will:

  • Help secure the proper permits
  • Create a plan to safely and quickly remove the structure
  • Use experienced crews
  • Use proper equipment to complete the job
  • Haul away debris and deal with its appropriate disposal

Additionally, reputable demolition services are licensed and bonded which means they are liable for the entire demolition process and any claims that may come out of it.   For example, if a crew member is injured while on the job or workers damage your property, the demolition company’s insurance would cover the costs. Having professional demolition services in Toronto do the job will save you time, money and frustration in the long run, while protecting you from liability if something were to go wrong.

Oil Tank Removal Tips & Responsibility

Posted on 10. Sep, 2014 by Como Disposal

oil tank removal servicesEnvironmental concerns have led to increased awareness concerning oil tank removal responsibility on behalf of homeowners who currently use or previously used oil for heating their homes. Years ago, the use of fuel oil for heating was much more prevalent than today. As access to natural gas increased, many homeowners made the switch from oil and left their oil tanks in place.

What Prompted the Need for Oil Tank Removal

In many cases, oil tanks that were taken out of service were filled with sand and capped according to previous requirements before Ontario’s “Fuel Oil Regulation” went into effect. The new requirement from the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) puts the oil tank removal responsibility on the homeowner for unused oil tanks on their property.

The TSSA requires that all underground storage tanks must be registered with them. If the owner of the property ceases to use their tank, they must submit an application to the TSSA to determine whether it can stay in place or whether it needs to be removed. If it is determined the tank needs to be removed, it must be performed by a Petroleum Mechanic 2 (PM 2) who is registered with the TSSA.

Dangers of Not Removing or Improper Oil Tank Removal

An oil storage tank that is left underground is at risk for leaks, which can cause significant environmental damage. Even if the oil tank has been filled with sand and capped, moisture can still cause the storage tank to rust and leak oil. If a tank has been out of service for at least two years, the property owner is required by law to have it removed.

Contamination from oil leaks in some cases can cost a homeowner up to $50,000 or more if they do not have proper insurance on their tank or have failed to register their tank with the TSSA. Damage to the environment can include contamination to:

  • Surface water
  • Groundwater systems
  • Sewer systems
  • Soil

Tanks that are currently in service are also at risk of leaks from rusting. TSSA regulations require that oil tanks must receive maintenance every year by a TSSA-certified oil burner technician. Every 10 years, the tank must undergo a thorough inspection to ensure it is in good condition.

Oil Tank Removal Responsibility Falls on the Property Owner

It is important that before purchasing property that you verify that there are no abandoned oil tanks on it. If you assume ownership of the property, oil tank removal responsibility may transfer to you from the previous owner.

3 Reasons To Consider Dumpster Bin Rental in Oakville

Posted on 25. Jun, 2014 by Como Disposal

Dumpster Bin Rental in Oakville If you are a home or business owner in the Oakville area planning a project that will generate a substantial amount of trash, a dumpster bin rental is a great way to take a lot of the hassle and responsibility of proper disposal out of your hands. Projects like demolition, roofing, or even clearing out a basement can quickly produce massive amounts of waste that can end up causing a lot of annoyance for you if you are not properly prepared with a dumpster bin rental. Here are 3 reasons to consider dumpster bin rental in Oakville.

1. Saves Time

Your time is one of the most valuable things you have. Putting a dollar amount on the time you would spend sorting through the garbage, arranging transportation to a dump, and unloading it all when you get to the dump quickly gives a perspective on how expensive hauling away your own garbage can be. If you are like most people, your time is better spent in keeping your home or business in order while the renovation, demolition or move is going on. A dumpster bin rental in Oakville ends up saving you precious time and money.

2. Convenience 

How much trash did you say you would be generating? Where are you going to put it all once it’s been removed from your home or business? Even if you can get a pickup truck or a big SUV to place the garbage in, you should consider the dirt and grime that may accumulate on or in your vehicles. This also ties up the vehicle from being used for anything else while it is being filled. And your vehicles will likely be making multiple trips to the dump to dispose of everything during the project.

A dumpster bin rental offers a better solution. At a time of your choosing, the bin is placed where you want it at your home or business and picked up when you are ready for it to be hauled away. This saves you the hassle of taking your vehicles back and forth from the dump and burning up your hard earned dollars with gas tank fillings and wear and tear on your vehicles. Also, no need to bag or box up the trash or solve the puzzle of fitting big pieces of garbage in a trash can. Just toss it into the dumpster bin and dust yourself off.

3. Disposal 

Organizing transportation and storage for the garbage as it accumulates is bad enough. If you do not have a dumpster bin rental, you are also responsible for disposing of the garbage correctly and in line with all regulations. You will need to use the internet and phone to search for a dump and make sure that they accept the type of waste that your home or business project is generating. If you decide to just leave it out by the curb and hope that the trash trucks will pick it up, you should keep in mind that many municipalities have restrictions on what is permitted to be put in the trash.

You save yourself a lot of hassle by renting a dumpster bin. The rental company takes care of all disposal and saves you from the troubles of disposing off the junk yourself. When possible, the rental company can even get some of the things recycled, minimizing the waste going into landfills.


Checklist of Things You Should Do Before Getting Your House Demolished

Posted on 10. Jun, 2014 by Como Disposal

home demolition servicesA house demolishing preparation can be a job just by itself. Obtaining permits and contacting the proper people can possibly take several days. Utility companies should also be contacted as well as anyone that might have a lien on the property. Proper disposal need to be considered, especially if there are hazardous materials involved. Before beginning any destruction, make sure you follow these important steps.

Check For Liens

Visit the local court house and make sure there are no previous liens on the property. If you still have a mortgage on the property, check with your banker. They will also have an investment in the property, including the structure. If you demolish the house without permission, you could be liable to pay the loan in full immediately. This could be a huge financial setback that you might not be prepared for.

Obtain Your Demolition Permit

Before demolishing your house, obtain a permit to tear the structure down. This could take a while to obtain so make sure you get one before calling a demolition company. You might incur labor cost for the delay and again for the actual work.

Check Your Utilities

Contact the gas, electric, and water companies before you begin any demolition work. Also the phone service, cable television, and any other companies that might have lines running to the house. These lines all need to be disconnected at the source, not where they enter the house. If this is not done correctly, you could have a disaster on your hands.

Materials That Pose A Potential Hazard

The house demolishing preparation includes checking for hazardous materials. PVC pipe, particle board, and wiring can be a potential health threat if not handled correctly. Insulation and even treated wood can pose health risks. One of the biggest threats in older house is asbestos. This can be found in ceiling panels, insulation, paint, siding, and even shingles. Asbestos needs special handling to remove from the house and proper disposing can be a problem.


The foundation will need to be removed and if the house has a basement, it also needs to be filled in. The ground will need to be leveled out to prepare the building of a house in the future.

As you can see, house demolishing can be a big job. Do some research before the actual work begins and you will be prepared when the time for demolishing the structure arrives.

What You Should Know About Home Demolition Services

Posted on 10. Mar, 2014 by Como Disposal

Home-Demolition-ServicesThere are instances in every homeowner’s lives where a renovation must occur or a driveway or other concrete structure must be demolished in order to put up a new structure. For those who decide to have these projects completed, there are two options to consider. You can tackle these projects on your own, or you can hire professionals to handle them for you. When you opt for the latter decision, there are benefits such as safety, guarantees, and time-savings.

Circumstances Leading to Home Demolition

  • Asphalt demolition
  • Block wall excavating
  • Concrete demolition
  • Deck demolition
  • Hillside excavating
  • Home additions
  • Home demolition-complete teardown
  • Kitchen renovation or remodeling
  • Land leveling or grading
  • Mobile home or trailer demolition
  • Patio demolition
  • Renovation projects in other rooms
  • Roofing repair or complete tear down
  • Shed  or other out-building demolition
  • Swimming pool demolition

Benefits of Hiring Home Demolition Services

Professional Safety: There are risks associated with breaking up concrete no matter how small the job may appear. If a pickaxe is required for the job, be it a patio or driveway, workers must ensure they are wearing the proper safety attire and using proper form when equipment is in use in order to prevent injuries from occurring. When a professional team is on the job they come prepared with gloves, boots, goggles, and additional safety equipment as needed to complete the home demolition tasks at hand in a safe manner.

Satisfaction Guaranteed: When a professional demolition team is hired to perform a job for a home owner, they a tasked with completing a job requiring them to demolish and remove debris associated with the demolition job from beginning to end in a way that provides complete satisfaction. The job is performed so that precautions are taken to ensure that no portion of your home’s interior or exterior are harmed during the demolition job. For those homeowners who choose a demolition company that will also haul away all the debris, then they will make sure everything involved with the job is broken up and cleaned up from the property.

Saves the Homeowner Energy and Time: Not only is demolition a labor-intensive job, but it’s also time consuming. Even though most homeowners can handle demolition and clean up as a DIY weekend job, the energy and time spent on these projects may not be available due to schedule constraints. Some homeowners may also have other limitations related to their health that may also require them to hire a professional to do the job for them. Therefore, the money invested in hiring a professional crew is well spent.

Additional Services Offered By Demolition Companies

In addition to providing home demolition services, these companies also offer dumpster rental for those homeowners who do wish to handle their projects as a DIY weekend project or do not wish to have the crew haul away the debris. This allows the homeowner a lot more freedom to decide if there are additional renovation and remodeling projects that need to occur, as well as any additional demolition that may need to happen.

If homeowners need excavation or an oil tank removed, demolition companies also provide these services as well. This is an excellent benefit for homeowners who are looking for a company that provides multiple services so they can handle all of their needs at one time. Not only can the homeowner use the company for demolition and clean up, but also their property will look great once the job is complete. For those who are working on these projects on resale properties, this is a big timesaver because, in addition to the projects being completed faster, the property owner is also saving money by working with one contractor.

Toronto Home Demolition Done the Right Way

Posted on 03. Mar, 2014 by Como Disposal

toronto-home-demolitionSettling down on the conclusion to pull down a house is not easy. Usually, one will have to suffer sleepless nights and harbor endless thoughts about demolishing a house that has already been established. Except in some cases, the decision to demolish a house often requires a great deal of courage and a strong conviction that the present structure is flawed and the ground on which it stands should be used for a better purpose.

However, gathering the courage to make such a decision is not the only uphill task. Identifying a genuinely credible demolition firm is an arduous task that may result in regrets if not properly done. All the same, you will always count yourself lucky if you hire the services of the Toronto Home Demolition specialists.

An Insight Into The Toronto Home Demolition Industry

The home demolition industry has been in existence for a significant period of time now. Like all other fields, this industry has undergone great development in technical capacity owing to the soaring technological advancements of this age. Presently, the industry can boast of having some of the most powerful automotive equipment, which come in different designs and serve several functions in demolition operations. Although some equipments are built with the capacity and functionality to perform more than one operation, having several different equipments always increases the ability of a company to handle a wide variety of operations. These may range from demolition of upward structures to excavation for underground constructions, to removal of massive amounts of waste or rubble from a premise.

How to Identify an Excellent Toronto Home Demolition Company

In the present market filled with heavy commercials and a myriad of strategies to drive sales, it has become very difficult to determine which contractor is really worth his salt. However, there are a few elements to look for in a home demolition firm before hiring it as listed below:

  • Technical capacity—what kind of Equipment or machinery does the company have?
  • Technical knowledge and experience— How qualified are the operators?
  • Aftermath—is the company able to remove the rubble after demolishing your house?
  • Ability to handle hazardous materials
  • Availability according to your convenience
  • Finally, the cost of the project.

Where to Turn When in Need

Como disposal is an established firm in the area of home demolitions. The firm’s technical capacity is quite enviable since it owns a wide range of demolition machinery. As such, they are capable of handling any size and nature of demolition work for homes as well as commercial premises. Como disposal is among the most respected Toronto home demolition specialists who have a consistent record of accomplishment in providing many clients with high quality service at affordable rates. Talking of experience, the firm’s specialists are highly efficient and experienced. Actually, the firm has offered pleasant home and commercial demolition services to clients for more than 40 years now.

Every Step of Home Demolitions

Following a home demolition work, an enormous amount of rubble is usually left behind if the contracted firm is not able to remove this waste. One division of Como disposal offers dumpster rental services and can as well remove the waste. If you want to see your Toronto home demolition done in the right way, Como disposal is the place to go. This firm is known for popular projects that include:

  • Partial Demolition for Additions in houses
  • Demolition of Industrial Buildings and Garages
  • Concrete Breaking
  • Dismantling Mobile Homes, Trailers, Boats (all sizes)
  • Film Set Demolition and Deconstruction

The firm guarantees high quality customer service at reasonable rates.

The Ultimate Toronto Dumpster Rental Service

Posted on 24. Feb, 2014 by Como Disposal

como disposal dumpster bin rentalWhen beginning a minor or a major renovation project in your home or on your property, it’s best to consider the large amount of waste that will be generated. From household fixtures such as cabinetry and tile flooring to drywall from knocking down walls, it makes sense to rent a dumpster bin, dump the waste in it and when full, call the company to come and haul it away. This not only makes it easier to dispose of the waste but also increases safety around the construction site.

Why Consider Toronto Dumpster Rental Services

One of the most appealing reasons to rent a dumpster is the fact that you can choose the size that works best for your needs. For instance, if you are demolition your entire house, the 40 yard dumpster bin would be ideal. On the other hand, if you are carrying out a simple renovation project, you should go for the much smaller dumpster bin.

Ideal for a Variety of Materials

The large range of materials that you can stuff into a dumpster is so helpful since it’s likely that you’ll have several types of materials that you need to toss. From scrap metal to tires and even bricks, you should be able to throw anything inside as long as it isn’t hazardous. This can be so beneficial to have since it’s likely that you wouldn’t be comfortable with most materials stuffed into your car to take to a dump on your own. By renting a dumpster in the size that you need, you should have plenty of space to discard a wide array for materials that need to be thrown away.

Dependable Service

Many people are concerned with getting rid of waste as soon as possible due to how cluttered their home can become during a remodeling or renovating project and the likeliness that they don’t want a large quantity of waste outside of their home. By asking the Toronto dumpster rental business questions regarding the availability of dumpster rentals in the size that you need, it should be quite easy for you to get access to a dumpster that provides the space that you would like without any issues.

Demolition Contractors in Danforth, Toronto

Posted on 20. Feb, 2014 by Como Disposal

Demolition Contractors in Danforth,Are you planning to renovate your property in Danforth by tearing down an old structure to create room for a new one? Well, taking down any building, however small it might seem isn’t a task that any person can do. It is a risky task that should only be left to certified demolition contractors in Danforth.

When Do You Need Demolition Services?

There are a number of reasons why you need the services of a demolition company:

  • If the building is unsafe to stay in due to extensive structural damage caused by natural disasters.
  • If the building is facing extensive mold or insect infestation which is posing great health risk to you and other occupants.
  • If the building is old and is experiencing structural instability that poses a threat to the public.
  • If you need to demolish a single wall to facilitate addition of an extension to your house. This is called partial demolition.

If you find yourself in any of the situations listed above, you need to work with an expert to tear down your house and give you space to build a new one.

What Services Does a Demolition Contractor Provide?

When you call in a demolition contractor in Danforth, here are the services you expect:

  • Demolishing useless structures in a safe manner.
  • Removing hazardous materials such as asbestos as per standard guidelines.
  • Site clearing which involves removing the debris and any other materials used.
  • Proper disposal of all the materials that has been cleared.

The contractor employs the relevant techniques, advanced equipment, and qualified workers to tackle the job.

How is the Demolition Done?

The contractor in Danforth has the ability to handle anything from a single wall to a storied building. The job is done by use of sophisticated equipment and tools such as wrecking balls, bulldozers, and at times explosives to make sure the job is done to perfection.

The first step in demolition involves site survey and planning. The contractor comes to the site to evaluate the state of the structure and the best way to approach the process.

The equipment used by the contractor is usually heavy and cumbersome. This can be dangerous when handled just by anyone. This is why the company uses only competent workers who possess relevant training and experience. After the contractor has brought down the wall safely, the next step is to haul the resulting debris away. The debris is taken for proper disposal to make way for your new project.

Why Hire Demolition Contractors?

So, is it a good idea to use an expert to demolish your structure? There are a number of benefits you are set to gain when you use a professional.

It is Economical

When you use a pro, you get ready expertise and experience. You don’t have to learn the process by yourself. Moreover, learning takes a lot of time and money, which is more expensive and time-consuming compared to hiring a contractor.


Demolition experts possess the knowledge, experience, and skills to get the demolition project done swiftly. The professional understands the best way to approach the demolition so that it comes down in the shortest time possible.

Safety is Guaranteed

An expert uses proper equipment and techniques to make sure everyone in the vicinity is protected from falling objects, sharp objects, and hazardous materials.

A Quick Fact

Did you know that 80 — 90% of the materials generated from demolition work are recycled? This includes bricks, concrete, steel, aluminum, roofing shingles, and many more. Therefore, at the end of the day, not only do you get your house brought down by demolition contractors in Danforth but you also contribute to a sustainable environment!