Dumpster Rentals for storm clean up

Dumpster Rentals for storm clean up

With storm season in full force in the Houston area. People are getting prepared for what may happen. One of thing is for sure. There will be cleanup. Depending on where you are located the amount of damage will differ. It's important to prepare for the aftermath of a large storm.

With storm season in full force in the Houston area. People are getting prepared for what may happen. One of thing is for sure. There will be cleanup. Depending on where you are located the amount of damage will differ. It's important to prepare for the aftermath of a large storm.

Hurricane Harvey was a devastating Category 4 hurricane that made landfall on Texas and Louisiana in August 2017, causing catastrophic flooding and more than 100 deaths. It is tied with 2005's Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting $125 billion (2017 USD) in damage, primarily from catastrophic rainfall-triggered flooding in the Houston metropolitan area and Southeast Texas; this made the storm the costliest natural disaster recorded in Texas at the time. It was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year span in which no hurricanes made landfall at the intensity of a major hurricane throughout the country.

Renting a dumpster may be an easy option to storm cleanup. When choosing the right option you will want to look at a few factors.

Things to ask yourself:

Do you have time?
Time is limited and you may have a schedule that does not allow an entire day (or multiple) to handle cleanup. So if you have set aside time for the project then Renting a dumpster is a good way to have one place to put the remains.


Are you physically capable?
- Yard cleanup can be very physically demanding so you will want to be sure that before you decide which route of cleanup you take that you are able to handle the workload. You have 2 options. Some providers offer complete labor packages and will do all the heavy lifting for you. This option is typically much pricier do to the included labor. Expect to pay anywhere from $200 - $500 more for a full removal service.
- If you are physically capable then renting a dumpster will be the most cost effective choice. Be sure to contact a few local providers to get the best option. While price is a big factor just note that the cheapest may not always be the best solution. Some vendors will cut costs by not carrying insurance or skipping maintenance on vehicles and equipment. Which can cause delays or last minute cancellations.

What size do you need?
- Dumpsters are much larger than the typical pickup bed or household garbage can. These are large bins ranging from 10 - 40 yards. Smaller providers using stick with the smaller end. A typical size is 15 yards. This will be good for most residential cleanups measuring roughly 14' long x 7' wide x 4' tall.

Things to ask provider:

How long have you been in business?
- There are a lot of option for dumpster rental providers and barriers to entry is relatively small with some launching with just one dump trailer. This is not to sell small providers short. Some small local companies are one person superstars providing excellent service and better value than the bigger players. But the length a company has been operating is a good indication that they have experience in the industry. A good way to quickly find this is reference the first reviews on their Google business profile. You'll be able to gauge about when the company was started.
Do you carry liability insurance?
- This is by far one of the most important questions to ask. Not only does liability insurance protect the dumpster rental company but it will also ensure that if any damage is done to your property by the provider they have the backing to pay for the damages.
How many dumpsters do you carry?
- Know the amount of dumpsters in their fleet will not only tell you how large the establishment is but it will also help ensure when your rental period comes that they have a bin to deliver. There are times when smaller companies will over book in case of cancellations or extend the previous rental which pushes back your availability.

Most importantly be safe and be prepared.

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