East Texas Excavation loves working to meet your land development, excavation, and Dallas demolition needs. However, we’ve noticed in recent weeks that many of our clients aren’t fully aware of what some demolition terms mean.

We want to make sure that all terms, vocabulary, and lingo is understood by both our team and our clients – which is why we’ve put together a helpful East Texas Glossary for all of the most common Mabank, Athens, and Canton demolition terms.

Demolition Process:

Just as it sounds, this is the entire demolition process from start to finish. That means it includes demolition, dismantlement, deconstruction, any necessary removal, recycling or salvaging, reuse, transfer, and disposal of structures and their parts. Anything having to do with your demolition is included when we talk about the ‘demolition process’.

Additionally, the demolition process involves how East Texas Excavation plans on demolishing, dismantling or gutting a building in preparation for land development or developing the area for a new use.

Demolition Technology or Demo Tech:

This includes all of the equipment East Texas will use in your demolition process. This includes both the technology used directly for demolition as well as for the safety of our team and your demolition specialists. Some demo tech is actually for public safety or environmental safety as well.

This demo technology can include specialized excavators, loaders, cranes, backhoes, skid steers, and many different attachments like wrecking balls, crushers, sheers or hammers.

Structural Dismantlement:

Structural dismantlement is slightly different than demolition, as it is the act of taking apart, or dismantling, a building into base materials and parts, often for recycling or reuse.

However, if you are looking to have the very most recyclable materials, then your Dallas demolition team might use the term below instead:


Deconstruction is when your team takes apart a building with the ultimate purpose of generating the most recyclable materials.

This term is similar to structural dismantlement, however, there can still be a large portion of the building going to a landfill with structural dismantlement, whereas with deconstruction, the majority is able to be salvaged.

Deconstruction is quite labor-intensive and therefore time-consuming as it requires a considerable amount of demolition by hand, but it can be a great resource for those looking for a green option.


This process involves the use of explosives in the demolition or collapse of a building. However, though many people think of implosions as a common demolition process, they actually only account for less than one percent of all Dallas demolitions.

Specialized Rigging:

These constitute specific (or specialized) lines, pulleys or other heavy equipment that are used to move or salvage buildings, and their components.

Think of it like a lifeline for a part of the building, or, a line that moves or directs the fall or movement of a component of a building or structure.

C&D Recycling:

This stands for ‘Construction waste & Demolition debris recycling” and it includes salvaging, recycling, and reusing materials from dismantled, deconstructed, or demolished buildings.

In our current industry, most demolition professionals like East Texas Excavation typically recycle almost 90% of a building! This is a great way to gain a new structure or building, without filling a landfill with more waste.

Industrial Recovery:

This is similar to C&D recycling, but more specific, as it involves the salvaging, recycling, and reusing of only industrial components from demolished, deconstructed, or dismantled factories, plants, and other industrial or manufacturing facilities.

In the case of an industrial demolition, our demolition professionals will categorize the recyclable or valuable materials at the demolition site and sell them to salvage firms or find the correct recycling agent or location.

East Texas Excavation isn’t just a demolition company – we also leave your site clean and free of debris, meaning we are your full-service land clearing, demolition, and excavation company in East Texas.

Safe Work Guidelines:

 Safety guidelines are an important aspect of any job site, as East Texas Excavation values safety and quality above all else. Safe Work guidelines must be followed by all Dallas demolition professionals, so make sure whatever company you choose takes safety seriously and is able to explain to you their safety measures.

Safe Work guidelines (or safety guidelines) include job site health and safety regulations, engineering recommendations, training guidelines, work limits, and exposure limitations for possibly hazardous substances, as well as environmental procedures to help your demolition crew and company protect and preserve the environment around the job site.

Do You Need an East Texas Demolition? Contact Our Professional Team Today!

East Texas Excavation takes safety and education seriously, which is why we wanted to help our customers and community understand ‘demolition lingo’ with our East Texas demolition glossary.

Do you have questions about a term we didn’t cover? Contact us today to learn more about our services, industry, terms, or to talk about a potential job. We offer free estimates every day!

We look forward to hearing from you and making your next project, our next project!