Nor’Easter Storm Risks & Prevention

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Every winter, without fail, hysteria regarding the infamous Nor’Easter dominate local conversations as winter storms inevitably approach. While some storms surely flurry out into some semi-frozen rain and high winds, the possibility for a colossal blizzard remains. Here at Boston Demolition & Removal, we want to make sure you’re aware of snow build-up risks as the heart of winter fast approaches.

The winter of 2015 brought more snow than Boston had ever seen. In total, it is reported that over 108 inches of total snow accumulation. Weather records in Boston date all the way back to 1872. The late January of 2015 blizzard brought more than three feet of snow to some areas, totaling well over 36 inches in the southern part of the state. In fact, throughout 2015, Massachusetts experienced more than four storms where snowfall totaled more than 12 inches. The blizzard of 1978 brought up to four feet of snow to certain parts of the state and completely halted all movement for multiple days. While the past few years have not brought the most intense winters, we should always anticipate a snow-filled winter!

Risks associated with Nor’Easter storms are vast and extremely relevant to the Demolition community. When it comes to structures, there are various aspects to be cautious of that we’ll be addressing here.

First and foremost, make sure that if the temperatures are dropping below freezing, all necessary faucets and spouts are dripped with warm water, preventing any sort of Pipe Burst. Pipe damage can be catastrophic to properties, often resulting in significant damage to drywall and wooden elements, creating tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Additionally, if the pipe-burst is significant enough, elements can spread onto your personal property, creating even more damage apart from the structure. 

Alongside preventing pipes from bursting, it is essential to the home and commercial property owners to monitor ice dams and areas that may be prone to them. Following a significant accumulation of snow and warmer weather, combined with warmer interior attic temperatures, water run-off, and slush-like snow can easily find its way into flatter areas, most commonly on roofs, and then freeze once again as the lower nighttime temperatures set in. The combination of existing bodies of snow, water runoff, and a thaw-freeze results in the perfect recipe for damaging ice dams. Ice dams quickly become destructive due to their significant mass and constant drip as the result of being a body of frozen water. Not only can ice dams induce significant water damage to roofs and other structural components of homes and commercial buildings, but they may also accumulate into a physical mass that far exceeds the weight limit for your roof. Ice dams commonly damage structural components of homes and result in tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Do you part by monitoring ice dams, clearing them often, before snow water gets the chance to freeze into one solid, highly destructive mass. 

Finally, and while often obvious, removing snow from your property is essential to preserving the building’s integrity. Snow build-up on roofs, patios, load-bearing walls and other core components of buildings can often lead to incredibly destructive results. As mentioned previously in regard to ice dams, unexpected weight can create significant amounts of damage to any structure. While Boston Demolition prides itself on being able to work with all clients, rapidly, solving their structural demolition problems, we want to make sure you take every necessary step in order to prevent damage to your property. A square foot of wet snow can weigh up to 13 pounds. Now imagine hundreds of square feet, if not thousands, covering your porch, roof, leaning upon walls, and more. Spend the time removing the snow while it is still dry, weighing nearly a quarter of the wet snow. A good analogy is the following: A foot of wet snow sitting on your house, porch, or walls is often the equivalent of three large trucks. While most structures are equipped to handle the intense load, do your part to preserve the integrity of your property and remove the snow!

Boston Demolition & Removal prides itself on nearly a decade of experience, commonly working in and around harsh New England weather conditions. If you find yourself in an emergency-type situation, requiring emergency services, please do not hesitate to reach out to Boston Demolition & Removal!

Demolition In Massachusetts Historic Zones

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The topic of demolition, whether that be partial or complete, is often filled with innuendos and unclear regulations, especially when it comes to Historic Zones. Boston Demolition is here to address and educate upon this particular issue! We’ll be taking a look at the necessary steps required when modifying historic buildings and the proper way to approach unclear questions. Let’s take a look into Demolition in Historic Zones in Massachusetts!

The State of Massachusetts is rich in history. Established in the early 1600s as one of America’s initial colonies, the Bay State has benefitted from hundreds of years of occupation and transformation. From cobblestone roads to the Big Dig, Massachusetts is constantly evolving, yet maintaining its history-rich identity. This profound history comes with a long-lasting establishment of permanent residents, and thus, the construction of buildings. When traveling throughout the state, you’ll surely come across historic buildings. Townhomes, warehouses, post offices, and more – the variety of historic buildings throughout the state is vast.

Before starting any demolition project on a historic building, it’s important to follow the proper steps in order to operate legally and efficiently, particularly within the state of Massachusetts. 

The most essential component to any Historic Demolition project is hiring the proper company to accomplish the task! Boston Demolition and Removal has served Massachusetts and the surrounding states for nearly a decade. Responsible for completing hundreds of demolition-related projects, Boston Demolition and Removal is especially proud of the dozens of historic buildings which have been properly demolished according to local bylaws and regulations. 

When it comes to the precise steps to ensure success, it’s important that we first go online and google your specific city or town and its specific historic zoned property regulations, focusing on demolition. Many towns and cities provide step-by-step instructions online, such as Brookline, Newton, Medford, and Sudbury to name a few! If your specific town, city, or area does not have an online guide to Historic Demolition, you’ll want to check out the next step.

As mentioned previously, many towns provide online guides to Historic Zone Demolition rules & regulations, yet it is not guaranteed that all do. If that is the case, your next best step is to approach your local town hall and ask for written instructions. Historic Zones are often and nearly guaranteed to be managed by a specific historic committee. When that is the case, sourcing the proper officials, some said committees, is often an effective way to acquire the proper paperwork.

Following the acquisition of the precise instructions required to engage in Historic Zone Demolition, your next step is to file the proper paperwork. Compared to non-Historically zoned properties throughout the state of Massachusetts, Historically Zoned property demolition, whether that is partial or complete, can take in excess of 12 months for approval.

After receiving approval from the respective Historic Committees, Boards, and any additional forms of legislation required by your city or town, one may begin the process outlined in your application. It is important that the scope of work identified in your application to the Historic Committee remains as unchanged as possible in order to prevent future conflicts. 

  1. Source online sources for Historic Demolition guidelines and bylaws
  2. Utilize tangible resources such as town halls and local committees for paperwork
  3. Submit the proper paperwork and anticipate the multi-month grace period
  4. Commence project Demolition following approval from respective committees

If you’re unsure as to whether or not your building is considered historic, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System, also referred to as MACRIS.
The renovation and rebuilding of Historic Properties are essential to the preservation of the state of Massachusetts. Whether you’re completing a partial or full demolition, Boston Demolition and Removal is here to help! Our industry-leading experts and vast experience in the space make for the perfect combination. Take a look around our website and check out our pages dedicated to demolition services, service areas, and past projects. Additionally, please feel free to reach out and contact Boston Demolition at any time. There is nothing more we’d like to do than help you complete your next Historic Demolition Project!