When is Demolition the Best Option? Mentor, Ohio 44060

Many smart investors bought property in and around Northeast Ohio many years ago and have been successfully enjoying rental income from those properties for many years.  With the decline in the housing market, many investors are looking to cash out

While getting those properties ready for sale, many homeowners get an unwelcome surprise.  These investment properties are often in far worse condition than they might have thought.  Selling them requires more than a fresh coat of paint.  Some of them have major structural or foundation issues that cost a small fortune to repair

Renovation or demolition?

In nearly all cases, renovation and remodeling is less expensive than complete demolition.  A qualified general contractor can determine the costs involved in restoring a home properly.  Before you decide on tearing down an existing home, make sure this last resort is truly the best available option.

If it has been discovered that the property is just too far damaged for rehabilitation, or it has deteriorated beyond salvation it’s time to consider a tear down or demolition of the home or structure.

Things to consider in demolition project

Maybe you inherited property and you have decided it’s best to  start with a brand new structure, or maybe you can’t find your dream home in the location you desire.  In these cases, you may or may not need to go to the drastic step of a total tear down and demolition.  Consider some different options and discuss them with your demolition contractor.

  •  Partial Interior Demolition only partially dismantles a structure to prepare it for an extreme renovations.  You may see projects of this kind where only part of the house is left standing, or where a wall is left standing at all times.   One advantage to this type of demolition is that permits  may be more easily obtained.   If the exterior of the home or building is in reasonably good shape, this may be the best way to go.
  • Complete Structural Demolition or tear down is what you may more typically think of as demolition project.  If the exterior structure is so damaged that it is not structurally sound and dangerous, a complete demolition or tear may be the only option.

No matter what you decide to do with your existing structure, checking for hazardous substances like lead, mold or asbestos and appropriately addressing those risks is a required.  The reasons for demolition can vary and be complicated as the process itself.   Do your homework and hire a demolition company you feel confident with that can do the job neatly and efficient.

If you’d like to receive a free estimate for house tear down, or any other demolition project in Mentor, Ohio or the surrounding communities of Northeast, Ohio, please contact DiFranco contractors Inc at 440-946-2029 or fill out the form on the website.

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Five questions to ask a Demolition Contractor in Willoughby Ohio 44094

Whether your demolition project is to have an old home demolished for a new home or there was a tragedy and it’s part of the cleanup, the demolition contractor you have has to have a plan.  Before you hire a company to do the demolition or tear down, there are some questions you should ask.

Is complete demolition really necessary?

Complete demolition of a structure is rarely the first choice.  It should only be used when the structure is beyond repair, or the costs of the repair out value the cost of the structure itself.   You should think of all the possibilities before you select a complete tear down or demolition.   This will affect the cost of permits, impact on the environment, and the overall cost of the demolition project.

Safety must come first

Safety should be the first priority of any reputable demolition contractor who you will be hiring to do the work.  This applies to the safety of their employees and of any people or property in the area near the demolition project.   Ask the company if anyone has ever been injured on any of their projects.  Also ask them what are the procedures in place if any hazardous materials are found.  Many things are possible when a demolition project starts.

Who handles the permits?

Many times permits are required for the demolition and abandonment of utilities.  Permits may have to come from cities, counties and sometimes even the state depending on the project.   Any demolition company you choose should have a thorough understanding of the permits and procedures required prior to the commencement of the demolition.

What is the process to dispose of hazardous materials?

If toxic materials like lead, asbestos or mold are found during the course of demolition, your  demolition company should have a  plan in place to handle the safe disposal of these hazardous materials.  Asbestos may need to be removed by a licensed contractor depending on the situation.  Most of these toxic materials can be ruled out before the demolition project begins and it’s best to do so.

How are the proceeds from salvaged or recycled materials handled?

Salvaged materials that are reused or recycled can help to keep those materials out of the landfill.   It can also help pay for your demolition project.   It’s always a good ideal to see if they’re are any items that may bring value before the demolition project begins.  Many items will have to be removed prior to starting the work and some may have to be removed while demolition is in progress.

There are many rules that concern both demolition and construction.   These rules are constantly changing to the standards and procedures around harmful materials.   Good demolition contractors stay on top of these changing rules and regulations.   It’s a good ideal to take some time and make sure the demolition contractor you are hiring is qualified to do the project.

If you’d like to receive a free estimate for house tear down, or any other demolition project in Willoughby, Ohio or the surrounding communities of Northeast, Ohio, please contact DiFranco contractors Inc at 440-946-2029 or fill out the form on the website.

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Things you should know about Demolition – Chardon, Ohio

Demolition of a home can be exciting for someone who’s never seen one get torn down before.  For a complete demotion, a home can be torn down and be entirely removed from the site in a day or two.  Demolition is usually fast and messy, it’s not necessarily easy.   There’s actually quite a bit to know about demolition so nothing is damaged.  Over the years we’ve seen it all and have learned a few things we’d like to share.

1.   Demolition isn’t for the do it yourselfer.  While it may look easy, it takes an experience operator to demo a structure without damaging something that shouldn’t be and damaging the machine.  It can also be easy to injure yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing.  I kind of think of it as large scale surgery.

2.    Let the neighbors know a demolition project is going on.  It’s usually a good ideal to let people around the demo project when it’s happening.   People get kind of excited when they’re asleep and structures start getting torn down next door to them without any notice.

3.    Get your permits.  Demolition is obvious and something you can’t hide.   The neighbors will notice the 40 yard dumpster sitting in your driveway and a large machine being delivered to the demolition site.   Check to see if any permit are needed for your demolition project with the city and county.

4.    Asbestos is a big deal.  Nothing will shut down a project quicker than an asbestos violation.  Please make sure your structure is free from any asbestos.   The removal of asbestos can be difficult and require special permits depending on what it is.  Most of the time, only specialized contractors are allowed to remove asbestos although every situation is different.  It’s definitely best to call someone who specializes in it’s removal if it’s part of the demolition.

5.   Make sure all the utilities are disconnected. Utility companies will need to be notified and will usually send out their own people to disconnect things like electric, gas, cable and phone.  Most of the time, the demolition contractor will be required to abandon sewers and water lines.  These will usually require their own permits and inspections to verify they were abandoned properly.

6.   Make sure all underground utilities are marked . It’s wise to call Utilities protection services and get everything marked that’s in the ground.  This will avoid any accidental damages to underground utilities that will add extra costs to the job and delay the demolition.

7.   Always budget at least 10% more for a demolition project.  Many times when a home, building or structure is being torn down, you find things that need to be addressed.  In the past, we’ve found old foundations to garages, buried oil tanks, and even a buried car  one time!  These unforeseen circumstances will add costs to the project.  I always tell people who are having a structure demolished, expect the unexpected, and hope for the best.

8.  You’d be surprised how many items and materials can be reused or recycled from the demolition of a home.  When tearing down a house there’s usually many things that can be salvaged.  If the cabinets are in good shape, many people will reuse them for garage cabinets.  Some of the windows may have been replaced and can be reused on occasion.   Also, any of the steel that’s used for construction can usually be reused or taken to a scrap yard where you’ll be able to get some money out of it.  Copper pipe and wire also brings decent money if it’s taken out and separated.  If you’re going to salvage things from the home, it’s best to have it done before the demolition contractor gets on site.  It doesn’t take long to level a home or structure so it’ll be too late to do this on the day of the demolition.

If you’d like to receive a free estimate for house tear down, or any other demolition project in Chardon, Ohio or the surrounding communities of Northeast, Ohio, please contact DiFranco contractors Inc at 440-946-2029 or fill out the form on the website.

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Are you experiencing sewer issues and have questions about sewer repairs or replacement in Painesville or Concord, Ohio?  Sanitary and storm sewer failures are common in older homes.  DiFranco Contractors Inc, is a sewer contractor here to help you with your sewer issues.  Here are some things you need to know.

The Role of Your Home’s Sewer Line

The sewer line is the pipe that carries away waste water from inside of your home.  This is where everything from your toilets, sinks, showers and all other interior plumbing drains.  It plays a critical role in keeping your home sanitary and your safe.  The storm sewer carries all the water away from your downspout lines, yard drains, drain tiles around your basement or crawl space and other outside drains.  This pipe can prevent your basement from flooding and other stormwater related issues.   When your sewer lines becomes compromised, it’s usually something you want to get fixed relatively quickly to prevent any other damage.

Common causes of Sewer line Failures

While there are many reasons why you may end up needing to have your sewer  repaired or replaced, there are a few issues that sewer contractors usually see. Trees  roots that are into your sewer line can end up damaging the pipe. The roots can sense the water in the pipe and enter through the joints, where the pipes are joined together.   Once inside, they can block the flow and eventually damage the pipe.   In other cases, it’s simply age that causes a sewer line to deteriorate.  Many times the pipes were not installed properly, leading to premature failure.

Signs You May Need Sewer Repair or Replacement

There are several common signs that tell you your storm or sanitary line is failing.  One of the most common signs of a failing sewer line is if sewage is backing up into your home.  Also, your toilets or drains may be running very slow.   Unfortunately, you may also smell the problem before you actually see it,  so if you smell sewage inside your home and in your yard, the sewer line may be damaged or failing.  Finally, if there are puddles of standing water in your yard that weren’t there before or an area of grass that is growing well compared to the surrounding grass, then you may have a break in your storm or sanitary sewer line that’s allowing sewage to leak into the ground.

DiFranco Contractors is a local contractor based out of Chardon, who specializes in sewer repairs and replacements.  We can offer you a better price than most plumbers, as we have the equipment to do sewer repairs and replacement that most plumbers don’t.  Many times, plumbing contractors will subcontract sewer line replacements to sewer and excavating contractors and mark the job up substantially for profit.

If you’d like to receive an estimate or second opinion for for sanitary and storm sewer pipe installations or repairs, in Painesville or Concord, Ohio,  please contact DiFranco Contractors Inc., at 440-946-2029 or fill out our contact form.

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When sewer lines break, they can cause havoc in your household, and while no one likes to think about the costs involved in sewer line repair or replacement, they’re absolutely necessary.  Without sewers, you basically cannot use any of the plumbing in your home.  In Chardon, Ohio, sewer replacement can be complicated by inclement weather, which means reliable sewer line replacement should take place as quickly and efficiently as possible.  DiFranco Contractors Inc is a sewer contractor in Chardon, Ohio.  Here are some common signs that you need sewer line replacement:

  • Sewer lines  run through your yard on the way to the city sewer system beneath the street or in the tree lawn.  If the sewer line breaks or ruptures, you may spot a wet patch in your yard that’s not usually there.   Or the grass and vegetation around the leak may suddenly look greener in a certain area.
  • Nothing gives you a better warning of a broken sewer line more than a scent of sewage.  You might notice it in your yard around  the location of the sewer line.  It may also smell in your house as a ruptured or broken line could push sewer gases back into your home if your interior plumbing is old and sub par.   Regardless, this probably suggests a blockage or a break in the sewer line.
  •  A blockage in the sewer line can cause your drains backing up, or the water levels not draining as fast as the they should. You may also see your toilet acting strangely, like bubbling after it’s flushed.  The toilet may also may flush very slowly.

Regardless of your storm or sanitary sewer problems, DiFranco Contractors Inc, can diagnose and repair any sewer issues you may be having.  We can usually save you money compared to a plumbing contractor as we specialize in sewer repairs.  Many plumbers don’t have the equipment to perform a sewer line replacement and sub contract the work to a sewer contractor marking the work up for a profit.

If you’d like to receive an estimate or second opinion for for sanitary and storm sewer pipe installations or repairs, in Chardon, Ohio,  please contact DiFranco Contractors Inc., at 440-946-2029 or fill out our contact form.

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Sewer Line Replacement in Eastlake, Ohio

At DiFranco Contractors Inc,  we’re an expert sewer contractor in Eastlake, Ohio, specializing in Storm and Sanitary sewer pipe repairs and replacement.  The sewer lines are a very important part of your homes water system,  which disposes of all your waste and stormwater.

It’s not uncommon for Eastlake homeowners to need sewer line repairs or replacements when tree roots, sediment, rust, corrosion, and other problems cause broken, blocked, or damaged pipes. DiFranco Contractors Inc is a contractor who specializes in sewer line pipe replacement.  We are much better equipped than most plumbers and can save you money.

Sewer pipes develop many types of common problems that often require replacement

    • Cracked sewer pipes can occur as a result of rust, corrosion,  tree roots and other problems that develop over time. Cracks compromise the integrity of the pipes, as well as obstructing the flow of waste and stormwater.
    • Collapsed pipes usually require sewer line replacement and can be caused by ground settling, lack of compaction, or pipes just becoming old and brittle.
    • Leaking joints is when the joints of the pipes, where they’re joined together, start to leak the water the pipe is carrying. This will start to wash out and erode the material that the pipe is bedded in and eventually cause a failure in the line.

    If your sewers have  any of these problems, we may need to perform sewer line repair or replacement.  To determine what type of repair you need, it’s best to have your sewer line camera inspected which will determine the severity of your sewer problem.   Many sewers can be repaired versus an all out repair depending on the severity of your failure.

Please call DiFranco Contractors Inc at 440-946-2029 to get a competitive estimate to have your storm or sanitary sewer pipe replaced in Eastlake, Ohio, or the surrounding communities in Northeast Ohio.

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Top 5 causes of sewer replacement in Willoughby, Ohio

While it may be a fairly common occurrence, in an older Home in Willoughby, Ohio, to have storm or sanitary problems, it may not mean you need an entire sewer replacement.  Not every sewer line problem necessarily calls for a replacement, it’s a good ideal to educate yourself with the common causes of failures in sewer pipes.  A sewer contractor can usually determine the best solution for your sewer problem. Here are the 5 most common causes for sewer replacement:

1.Compromised Pipe that are broken, cracked or collapsed. These can be a result of the ground shifting, settling or eroding. In some occasions, frost can also damage the pipes.

2. Some of the older pipes in the ground were constructed of cast iron or steel. In time, these pipes rust and corrode. When these types of pipes fail, a full replacement is usually necessary as they have a limited life span.

3. A pipe that is, “bellied,” is where a section of the pipe has sunk due to ground or soil conditions. This creates an area of pipe where debris will continue to collect and create blockages and continues problems.  Sometimes, just the bellied section of pipe can be replaced which will let the pipe flow freely again.

4. Leaking pipes which is usually caused by the joints of the pipe,  where the individual pipes are joined together, become deteriorated and start to leak.  These deteriorated joints will also cause debris to be snagged and trapped at these joints interrupting the flow of the pipe.

5. Tree roots are the number one cause of sewer failures in a sewer system.  Old sewer piping was usually constructed of clay pipes which contained a joint every four feet.  These joints are an easy place for the roots to enter the pipe and start their destruction.  Most common sewer pipes are constructed of PVC where the pipes are joined together every 16 feet.  This PVC pipes has a lot less joints where the roots can find there way in.  The PVC pipe also has a much better gasket system than the old clay pipes, thus having a better seal.

At DiFranco Contractors Inc., we only repair what is necessary,  saving the homeowner money.  We are also much better equipped than most plumbing companies to handle a sewer replacement job.  Many plumbers will sub contract sewer replacement jobs out to sewer or excavating contractors and make a 100% profit on the job.

Please call DiFranco Contractors Inc at 440-946-2029 to get a competitive estimate to have your storm or sanitary sewer pipe replaced in Willoughby, Ohio, or the surrounding communities in Northeast Ohio.

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Sewer Pipe replacement in Mentor Ohio

A blocked sanitary or storm sewer line can be cleaned most of the time.  There are situations when the sewer line cannot be cleaned or is broken.  If this is the case, it’s time to call a sewer contractor.   Most of the time you’ll get a better price to have the job done by a sewer contractor versus a plumbing contractor.   Plumbing contractors don’t usually have the equipment to do a full sanitary or storm sewer replacement and will usually subcontract the job to a sewer contractor and make a high profit off the job.   DiFranco Contractors Inc, will diagnose the reason for the clog and discuss your options for repair or replacement of the sewer line.

The need for Mentor, Ohio,  sewer line replacement in local homes and businesses is quite common and can caused by the following issues:

  • Line deteriorated due to it’s age
  • Damage caused by frost, uncompacted soil, settling, something heavy drove over the sewer line location, and other unforeseen events
  • Roots entering the pipe and damaging it over time
  • Blockages usually caused by dirt, grease, chemicals or flushing things down the toilet that shouldn’t be flushed
  • Poorly installed pipe and fitting not properly set in gravel
  • Erosion that causes the pipe to become unstable and break

Diagnosing Sewer Line Problems

DiFranco Contractors Inc has been in the sewer line repair and replacement business for over 20 years.  We will look at your sewer failure problem and come up with the best, cost effective solution to fixing your problem.  The first step is to get a good look at the sewer pipe using a camera to diagnose exactly where the problem is.  Many times a homeowner has already had the sewer system examined by a plumber or sewer cleaner with a camera determining that a sewer replacement is necessary.  It’s best to call around and get a few different prices to replace your sewer system.  Oftem times you will pay a lot more for a plumber or sewer cleaner to replace your sewer than a dedicated sewer contractor.

Effective and Affordable Sewer Line Replacement

Our goal is to provide the homeowner or business the best possible price for storm and sanitary sewer pipe replacement.  We have state of the art equipment to complete the job efficiently as possible.  We will also include a full landscape restoration if you would like.  Difranco Contractors Inc., can save you money over most other contractors if you need your storm sewer replaced.

If you’d like to receive an estimate or second opinion for for sanitary and storm sewer pipe installations or repairs, in Mentor, Ohio,  please contact DiFranco Contractors Inc., at 440-946-2029 or fill out our contact form.

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The Importance of Sewer Repair and replacement Contractor in Willoughby, Ohio.

Most people never give much thought to their  storm and sanitary sewer system until something terrible happens to draw their attention to it. Sewer systems generally last a very long time and most people will not have to deal with the problems of one failing.  When a sanitary or storm sewer fails, it’s usually a very big deal and needs to be fixed pretty quickly and you’ll need to call a sewer contractor.

Sewer Gas

Perhaps one of the most things people overlook as most sewer systems contain toxic gases.   Pipes are found throughout homes and buildings that serve as seals and vents to prevent gas from entering into living and working areas.  The sewage that is carried through sewer drains creates a dangerous vapor that is very toxic. This sounds bad but the gas is naturally formed and is unavoidable.   The pipes naturally contain this gas.  While the pipes in your home are usually sealed much better than the pipes outside in the ground, they also tend to deteriorate over time.  This can cause a major problem if the sewer pipes outside start to back up as the gasses have nowhere to go and back up with the gas.   Sewer gas that cannot vent through your homes plumbing can back up into your home and allow this gas to enter your home.


Many times the damage to your sewer system is done by natural causes, like tree roots.  Many problems in sewer systems are caused by homeowners putting things down the drains and toilets that shouldn’t go there.  Problems caused by roots are usually caused by that giant tree planted right on top of your sewer systems in the front yard.   When the tree was planted, most people don’t think of the damage it can do to the sewer system.   Many of the old pipes in the ground are clay and the joints, where the pipes are joined together, deteriorate over time.  These joints are where the tree roots enter.  Tree root damage can be minor that only needs regular cleaning, to an all out failure.  Some tree types are known to have more aggressive root systems than others.

The importance of  Clean Water

Sewer systems can directly affect the quality of drinking water in our area.   In the last few years, the EPA has been really cracking down on defective sewer systems in Northeast Ohio.  Many local cities sewer infrastructure systems are being rebuilt to fix these problems.  Ever wonder why they issue alerts in Lake Erie not being safe to swim after heavy rains?  This is directly caused by defective sewer systems in Northeast Ohio.  Clean water directly affects the health of our community.   Today the waste and stormwater sewer systems are being more scrutinized than ever, ensuring we have clean water for our families. Please insure your sewer systems are working properly.

If you’d like to receive an estimate for for sanitary and storm sewer installations or repairs,in Willoughby, Ohio,  please contact DiFranco Contractors Inc., at 440-946-2029 or fill out our contact form.

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How to prepare for a Masonry project in Willoughby, Ohio.

There are plenty of reasons why you may be seeking a masonry contractor for a new project or to repair an existing one.  You might want a foundation for an addition put in, a porch replaced, or a brick wall that needs replacing.   There are some things you should consider and questions to ask before hiring a masonry contractor to make your project go as smooth as possible.

What is it you want exactly.

This might seem an obvious question but it is very important, especially when price is a factor.   Ask yourself what you really want versus what you need.  Restoration work may be a necessity,  but is it best to restore or go with a new look and change things completely around?  Obviously, it will be more expensive if you completely rework things but, is it necessary?   With any masonry project there are many variables involved.  It’s best to figure out what you really need and what you really want.  Unfortunately, sometimes what you really want may be more than you want to spend.  Sometimes a talented masonry contractor, can think something up for your project that will help you save money and get something you want rather than what you need.

How much will it cost?

The best way to look at any project is by putting a dollar amount on what you want to spend on the particular masonry project.   Although it’s hard to give customers a price over the phone, I can usually give them a ball park if they email me some pictures.  Sometimes people are shocked how expensive a masonry project is, and sometimes they are surprised on how affordable it is.   If the customers knows what they want, it’s easy to see if it’s within their budget.   Like any project, it’s best to know exactly what you want before moving forward with a masonry project as change orders can add unnecessary work and cost to the project.

Please contact DiFranco Contractors Inc if you’d like an estimate for stone, foundation, brick, block, fireplace or any other type of masonry project in Willoughby, Ohio and the surrounding areas of Northeast Ohio at (440) 946-2029.

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