Cleaning Up After A Storm – What To Do To Make It Easier, Safer

When a storm passes through, it can leave devastating results to your home and property. Your first thought is to be relieved that no one was injured, hopefully. Your next thought is likely to be, where do we begin cleaning up this mess.

Even if you have a little damage, it can still be a headache. There could be insurance agents to call, photographs to take, and belongings to replace. You might not have enough to even make a claim, but you still have debris to get rid of.

Once you’ve first assessed the damage and resolved any issues with the insurance company, then its time to get rid of everything.

Storm debris cleanup in Washington DC
Cleaning up after a storm

Here are some things you can do to get the job done quickly and efficiently, while also keeping everyone safe.

Clear Out Any Water Damaged Items

If you have water damage, then you want to get the items out of your house. The last thing you want to have happen is to start to get mold damage from the moisture.  If the items are valuable or have sentimental value do you best to clean and dry them out.  Once everything is removed make sure the room is completely dry.

Are There Any Potential Health Risks?

A chance of mold we’ve already warned about, but there could be broken glass, damaged electrical appliances

Something else to consider is how much lifting involved. If there are heavy items in the basement that are water damaged or large tree limbs in the yard. Don’t try lifting things that are too much for you to carry or which you could twist you back as you haul it up. If necessary, leaves these items until you have more help, or better yet, can have professionals do the heavy lifting.

Broken branches, a damaged swing set, or maybe a shed that was damaged by a storm could be something someone can easily get cut on or trip over. Especially with swing sets and sheds, decide if you can repair them or if they’re too damaged to use safely anymore.

Time Might Be a Factor

Letting wet things lie around the house have the potential for mold, but simply hauling everything outside and piling it along the house isn’t something to do long term. It could quickly become a home for small creatures.  You don’t want a family of mice suddenly becoming tenants alongside your home. This is why you want to get things hauled away as soon as you can.

Damage to A Business

It’s not just homes that are singled out in a storm. Perhaps it’s your business.

storm debris cleanup being done in Northern Virginia
Professionals cleaning up after a storm

Then its not just your employees who could be at risk or simply inconvenienced, but your customers, as well. You don’t want customers coming in and finding a mess in your place or see a lot of junk piled alongside the building. The incentive to have everything cleared up is just as strong for a business owner as a homeowner.

Getting Rid of Everything

Now that you’ve decided what needs to be hauled away, you have to decide on how to accomplish this. If it’s just a few items that you can easily bag up and set out for the city to pick up. Just be careful that everything you set out is allowed to be picked up. Wet drywall or other building materials might be prohibited by your city.

If you have a vehicle full of junk to be hauled, you could do it yourself. Just be careful that wet items or damaged items that might have sharp edges don’t damage your vehicle. You don’t want to add to your woes by having the family SUV damaged in a run to the landfill. And make sure that everything you have packed up to haul will be accepted at the landfill. If you have questions, call their office and explain to them what you have.

Here’s Where Professionals Can Help

You might have already started calling contractors to take care of any damage to

Nova Junk at work cleaning up storm debris in Northern Virginia
Nova Junk cleaning up storm debris

your property, but before they even begin working, call a junk removal company. They can take of everything from the items damaged in the house, to any debris in the yard. There is no items to bag and you don’t even have to do the lifting. Just let the haulers know where items are, and they can take it from there.

Many insurance companies cover the removal of the debris. Even if your insurance carrier doesn’t cover it, the savings in time might be worth it. Not just the time in cleaning up but also in hauling it away to your local landfill. If your community even has a landfill open to the public. Some cities like Washington DC, don’t.

The other advantage to get professionals is that they can also take care of the junk you’ve been accumulating over the years. There might be items in your basement that weren’t damaged by water, but which have been taking up space for years. Or maybe those old appliances you have tucked away in the attic can finally be gotten rid of. As with the other stuff just lead the haulers to the spot and let them do the lifting.

Damage from a storm, whether its water in a room or damage to the exterior, can be disheartening, but it doesn’t have to become a long term problem.  The sooner you can take care of it, the sooner you can get back to your family or if you’re a business, to your customer.

If you’re home, or your business, has been through a storm and you need to clean up the mess, then contact Nova Junk Removal to help. We serve Washington DC, northern Virginia, and parts of Maryland. When you call us at 571-432-8162, we’ll schedule a time that is convenient for you to pick up your debris and any other junk you need hauled.

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After my couch and armchair donation was declined by the Salvation Army, I had to quickly move them out of my stairwell. Thankfully, Nova Junk was able to fit me into their pickup route the same day. Oscar and Jose were very quick and courteous in moving the bulky items away, and the whole job was completed less than two hours after I made the initial call. I was very impressed with their service.
Jason Lai
Jason Lai
01:54 10 Sep 19
Daniel and team were awesome. Fast, took everything I asked, and reasonably priced. Plan to use them again for my next junk pickup
Rob Kramer
Rob Kramer
22:23 09 Sep 19
Great customer service. They arrived when they said they would, were efficient, polite and professional. The price was fair and it was a good value. I would definitely use this company in the future
Lisa Bowman
Lisa Bowman
21:11 09 Sep 19
I needed the removal of both a queen-sized bed & a 2nd refrigerator to make room for my aging Mother's hospital bed as she comes home for hospice/end-of-life care. The three man crew was quick, friendly, and actually helped get the last portion of the bed frame dismantled. For the price...compared to about $145 MORE quoted by 1-800-SHALL-NOT-BE-NAMED ...it was a smooth job in the middle of a tumultuous day at a reasonable cost. Thank you!
Steve Ray
Steve Ray
20:16 07 Sep 19
I found Nova Junk removal by doing a quick search on Google. I only had a few pieces of furniture to dispose of so, I was looking for a company that had a fair and reasonable quote. I found that with Nova Junk. They gave me a window of time for arrival. Called me 45 mins in advance. They were professional. Quick and pleasant. I will definitely use again.
Ramona Turner
Ramona Turner
20:12 12 Aug 19
I've used Nova Junk twice over the past few months and love them! I literally found them online and took a chance. They are always prompt, nice, quick and very reasonable. I was clearing out my father's estate which was a very stressful time. They were one aspect I never had to worry about!
Margo Kent
Margo Kent
19:20 12 Aug 19
I have used this company twice and each time they have been prompt, courteous and reasonably priced. A shout-out to OMAR who recently lead a team to pick up my projection television, et. al. He even gave me free advice on totally unrelated water drainage issues that I have been having. Thanks again Omar.
Douglas Rennert
Douglas Rennert
13:23 03 Aug 19
I was very impressed with the services of Nova Junk Hauling from initial contact to completion. My inquiry was promptly responded to with a very reasonable quote on a Sunday evening, yet. The young woman I spoke with on the telephone was most pleasant and accommodating. They kindly squeezed me into a busy schedule. The two gentlemen called 30 minutes before their arrival, and arrived 100% on-time. The guys were friendly, fabulous, courteous, well spoken, professional, and very good at their job. They did everything in their power to make the move completely painless for me. They actually charged me less than I was quoted, as the load was not that large (they also accept check or credit card on the spot!) So, from initial appointment through payment, I cannot recommend Nova Junk Hauling highly enough. I have added them to my contact book, and will most happily look forward to using their services again. Thank you, Nova Junk!
Fraudulent Productions
Fraudulent Productions
17:35 25 Jul 19
EXCELLENT experience! The team was very thorough, professional and quick. When we said take everything, they didn't leave anything behind. I highly recommend Nova! I also like that they distribute and donate what isn't actual trash!
Sadona Miller
Sadona Miller
18:28 01 Jul 19
Great service! From the first phone call, to cost estimate, to pickup all in under 2.5hrs. WOW!
John Schatz
John Schatz
16:46 20 Jun 19
Nova Junk is the best of the best! Norman and his crew are trustworthy, professional, understanding, polite and respectful. I was extremely pleased with how they immediately introduced themselves upon arrival, called before arriving, were on time, and verified which items were to be removed. The crew worked closely together as a team and were the most polite group of guys in their inter-actions with me. After the job was done, Norman called to ensure I was satisfied and that there were no issues. A scale of 1 -10, does not go high enough for this extremely professional company!
Karen Preuss
Karen Preuss
14:42 31 May 19
Nova Junk arrived on-time and prepared. They were able to remove my items quicker than expected, including a few items I discovered I needed removed after submitting for my initial quote. Great experience and I would absolutely recommend Nova Junk.
Nicholas Carter
Nicholas Carter
21:13 14 May 19
I am really pleased with my experience with NOVA Junk. I was able to get a quote through Yelp, and their quote was much better than their competitors. Scheduling was a breeze. Three men showed up, and all I had to do was point to the items I wanted removed and they did all the hard work. They worked quickly and took care to not damage the walls or floors while they worked. I was given a final quote once everything was in the truck and it turned out to be less than I was initially quoted, so that was the cherry on the top of a great experience! I will definitely use NOVA Junk again in the future if we ever need furniture removed.
Alessia Eiseman
Alessia Eiseman
15:51 17 Apr 19
NOVA Junk Removal came to the rescue after College Hunks failed me. They were able to come out to me in Laurel, MD just a few hours after my request. They were very fast and professional. I highly recommend this service.
Nikki S
Nikki S
19:30 30 Mar 19
The crew came to my house within 48 hours of my phone call to remove junks and old storage shed. The price is very reasonable and their service is great. The staff is courteous and very professional. Great job!
Irene Larinke
Irene Larinke
21:46 29 Mar 19
Nova Junk provide excellent service, hauling away a condo full of furniture that I needed to get rid of. I really like the way they do business -- recycling whatever they can, paying workers comp, etc. I thought their price was quite competitive and fair. Omar is a true professional, and he and his team (Rolland, Basharty, etc.) were on time, worked quickly but carefully, and just did a great job. I am happy to tell others about them.
John Mercer
John Mercer
18:43 20 Mar 19
I found NOVA Junk on Yelp and spoke with the owner, Norman, to set up some time for his team to come get some old furniture and misc junk I wanted removed. Miguel & Omar showed up on the earlier part of the window which was given to me and were in and out in less than 30 minutes. They were very respectful of my home and checked in with me before and after to make sure everything was done how I needed it. I would definitely recommend them!
Diti Bhasin
Diti Bhasin
14:01 04 Mar 19
Service was good overall. Nova Junk removal service was on time, quick, and professional. The reason it is not 5 out of 5 stars is that the website states that they “professionally dispose of all types of waste.” However, I needed to have some old unused paint hauled away and was told by the crew when they arrived that they couldn’t accept it.
Theodious McKinnon
Theodious McKinnon
17:12 25 Feb 19
Nova Junk is amazing! Scheduling was so easy with Norman and they made my moving day seamless with Steven and Pablo picking up my furniture. They were efficient, polite, and courteous. I would highly recommend using them!
Maria Jose Araya
Maria Jose Araya
15:18 25 Feb 19
The company responded to our request promptly and scheduled a pickup in a very short time. The pickup crew came and the three young people are all very friendly and finished the job in a short time and cleaned up the spot we piled up the junky items we had even though we told them we could do it by ourselves. These are very professional people and trust worth. We will definitely use this company again in the future.
Freda Chao
Freda Chao
14:21 04 Feb 19
Excellent service, showed up early and called in advance. Not only cleared out junk efficiently, 2 men moved furniture from my basement to my first floor without doing any damage to my home or furniture. They worked as a team and WAs reliable. I will definitely hire Nova Junk Removal in the future.
Dezi Kolani
Dezi Kolani
17:11 28 Jan 19
I asked for several estimates to get rid of some furniture in my home. Nova junk was almost the lowest price, but with the highest recommendations from reviewers. I must add my vote to this high score. The crew came on time, called before coming to alert me of their arrival time, were polite and careful in everything that they did. I will definitely use them in the future!
Jim Blackie
Jim Blackie
19:19 18 Jan 19
We required an old 1950's era shed and junked-interior cleared from our property. Norm was quick to respond to our inquiry and offered a fair quote. Him and his crew showed up right on time and cleared everything in under 2 hours. They left the work area clear of debris and called after to confirm the work was completed and back gate closed. I would recommend Nova Junk and certainly use their services again.
Cody Clarke
Cody Clarke
17:03 18 Dec 18
The guys were so friendly and patient when I was running a little late. Also very efficient with removing my items. I’d highly recommend them!
Amy Olson
Amy Olson
13:20 14 Dec 18
I work for EFH Contracting, we do home remodeling, renovations, etc. and we use Nova Junk on every job. They are well priced and the workers are great. They are always on time, very friendly, get the job done right, and leave the site clean. We will continue to use them
Janell Herring
Janell Herring
19:29 05 Nov 18