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When Flooding Turns Belongings Into Junk

When Flooding Turns Belongings Into Junk


2020 was a tough year on a number of levels. But 2021 has seen ongoing COVID-19, wildfires, and often unprecedented flooding. And it's not over yet.

Unlike wildfires, flooding usually doesn't consume a structure and everything in it. Instead, it tends to simply destroy everything in place.


When Flooding Leaves You with Damaged Possessions or Goods

Flooding is notorious for inundating homes and businesses with inexorable rising water levels and then simply receding to leave behind either complete devastation or, in many cases, just costly water damage.

Regardless of the extent of the flooding, furniture, carpets, shop equipment, retail goods, and other items that are destroyed or damaged by flood waters must be replaced. 

And the cost can be crippling. 

In fact, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),

"In 2021 (as of October 8), there have been 18 weather/climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each to affect the United States. These events included 1 drought event, 2 flooding events, 9 severe storm events, 4 tropical cyclone events, 1 wildfire event, and 1 winter storm event. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 538 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted. "

NOAA's website goes on to note that in the 40 years between 1980 and 2020, the annual average for disaster events in the United States has only been around seven per year.  However, over just the last five years prior to 2021, the actual number has been more than 16 events per year, on average. 

In addition, disaster events in the U.S. up to September of 2021 have cost the country over $102 billion so far - and that's not counting the drought in the Western States nor the wildfires this year. 

For individual residents and business owners in flood-stricken regions, the cost is compounded by the need to not only replace what was lost or damaged, but by the costs of removing and getting rid of all the damaged items and materials.


When You Need Help Getting Rid of Your Flood Damaged Junk

The last thing anyone who is a victim of disastrous (or even not-so-disastrous) flooding needs is more excessive costs for services. 

Flooding is an expensive blow for residents and businesses alike, not to mention government agencies and insurances companies. And a large percentage of structures in the United States are at risk of flooding.

According to a report from NPR,

"More than 4 million houses and small apartment buildings across the contiguous U.S. have substantial risk of expensive flood damage, according to data released by the First Street Foundation, a nonprofit research organization that studies flood risk and housing. The cost of flood damage to homes nationwide will increase by more than 50% in the next 30 years, the First Street Foundation estimates."

Once you factor in that there were approximately 140.8 million housing units in the United States in 2020, that means that more than 3 percent of homes and apartment buildings are at high risk. But this doesn't exclude many of the rest that are only at a slight to moderate risk. 

Nor does that include Alaska and Hawaii, the latter state having been devastated by flooding earlier this year, as well. 

What all these states, cities, and structure owners have in common is the need to quickly and cost-effectively remove the water-damaged junk from their buildings.

Which is why Junk King specializes in bulk junk removal of all types.


Junk King Offers Two Ways to Have Affordable Junk Removal

At Junk King, we pride ourselves on our award-winning service and exceptionally professional junk removal processes. Our teams our experts at all types of junk removal and our pricing is always upfront, transparent, and highly competitive in our markets.

Whenever possible, we provide our full-service junk removal for both residential and commercial customers with fast and efficient removal and hauling of just about everything other than hazardous wastes.

But we also offer a convenient and cost-effective self-service junk removal option with our rental dumpsters.

Having a Junk King MINI Dumpster on-site during a post-flooding cleanup can be a huge benefit for both homeowners, business owners, and others. With a massive 12-cubic yard loading capacity in an easy-to-load and user-friendly dumpster bin, cleanup and removal can be easy and quick.

But, as much as cleanup and junk removal is necessary after a flood, being prepared before and during a flood event is crucial. 

Here is a handy list of tips for what to do during a flood that can make most flooding events less dangerous and damaging:



[Graphic courtesy CrisisEquipped.com]

So, whether you would rather manage your own cleanup and removal with a handy rental dumpster from Junk King, or have us come and haul it all out for you, it's good to know you have options.

And, while we certainly hope that few of us will be victims of flooding of any kind, we also know that things happen and nature can be ruthless. Which is why being prepared and aware can save you not only money and goods, but possibly save your life. 


Junk Hauling and Cleanup After Flooding

When homes and businesses are damaged by flood waters, the last thing owners need is to worry about getting rid of everything that can't be salvaged afterwards.

We understand that and that's why we specialize in full-service junk removal for residential and commercial customers.

Junk King provides efficient, safe and eco-friendly junk removal services that makes the process easy for you.

Our experienced junk and trash removal teams have the resources necessary to haul off any debris and other junk items quickly, easily, and cost-effectively.  And we continue to maintain social distancing and following guidelines from the CDC in response to the ongoing coronavirus spread.

Our professional and insured junk removal and disposal team will call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive at your home. And, once we’re there, we’ll give you a free quote based on how much room your junk will take up in our truck or rental dumpster.

You can make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).


When Flooding Turns Belongings Into Junk


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