Pro Junk Dispatch

Cleaning Up Storm Damage

By Admin

No matter where you live in the country, you'll deal with storms. From tropical storms to downpours to wild winds whipping their way across your property, the end result generally consists of having to clean up, haul away, and dispose of debris. It can be trees, a storage shed, an above ground pool, or a combination of what's been reduced to bulk trash and resembles little more than junk garbage.  Where cleaning up storm damage actually begins is before the inclement weather hits. It's at this time you should prepare for what's to come and be ready to act when it's time. The amount of damage will ultimately determine what you need in your debris clean up arsenal and that begins after the fact.


Assessing the Damage and Knowing Your Responsibilities

Once the storm passes, its pivotal to know where your responsibilities begin and end. In other words, if it's not on your land or under your control, it will probably be the municipality's responsibility to clean up and haul away. Contact your local municipality to learn if the storm damage is theirs to clear up or yours. You might find it's a combination of the two or be pleasantly surprised you don't have to do anything.

Pinellas County Urban Forestry staff work collaboratively with multiple departments and programs within the County and organizations in the community. Program responsibilities include the tree maintenance, inspections, development review and appraisal of damaged public trees, urban ecosystem planning, public education and outreach and tree-related emergencies. -- Pinellas County Building Development and Review Services

As you can see by the nearby quote, the local government will act when it's necessary. In addition to determining who is responsible for the clean up, you should begin to assess the amount of damage after the storm. Yard waste is one thing, but a car that's been struck by a falling object and damaged as a result is another. This will also help you in making a decision about filing a homeowner's insurance claim.

Cleaning Up Storm Damage Safely and Properly

Prior to the storm, due your best to secure everything that presents a risk of becoming a projectile. Additionally, trim any tree limbs that are dying and put patio furniture inside so it's not a safety and property hazard. Prepare your home and exterior the best you can and do not go outside when the storm hits.  After the storm is over, be careful about where you step and what you move. If it's a big job, hire a junk hauling service to clean it up and take it away. An experienced crew will know what to do with different types of debris and will prevent you from harming yourself trying to clean up the storm debris.

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