house on fireOne of the less fortunate reasons why you may need to rent a dumpster is due to disasters, such as floods or fires in your home. It is important to think about your belongings and what you would do in case of a fire. Unfortunately, many people learn by going through this firsthand that even if your possessions are not burned away, they still may be unsalvageable and dangerous to leave in your home or keep around your family or pets.

Things You’ll Lose in a Fire

Fire is incredibly destructive. When a fire consumes your home, you may not find much left when the fire is out – but what happens if the fire is contained in one room or one area of the house? Are your possessions safe or salvageable? Not necessarily. 

While it is important to consult with a professional fire restoration company to know exactly what can be saved, you should also remember that many materials are compromised by smoke damage and carcinogens released by items that did burn. For instance, if a fire was caused by or ignited near chemicals or plastic, the number of carcinogens admitted into the air can penetrate deep into toys, furniture, clothes, and more. A restoration company may advise that you get all new items depending on what caused the fire and what burned because wearing clothes or using items with this level of toxicity can be hazardous. You may think a house fire that was concentrated in one area of your home did little damage, but unfortunately, that may not be true.

When in Doubt – Throw it Out

Having a house fire can be an incredibly emotional experience. Not only will you need to live somewhere else while your home is being repaired or rebuilt, but the experience of letting go of your possessions can spark a lot of anxiety and sadness. It is important to talk with the restoration company about items that have sentimental value or that cannot be replaced so they can do their best to restore them as best as they can. On the brighter side, there are many things that can be done to save cherished photographs, important memorabilia, and family heirlooms – just be sure to communicate that with a trusted company. 

For things that are not sentimental, it is equally important to let things go. Most insurance companies will replace your items and get you back to where you were before the fire – so holding onto things that don’t have value, or that can be replaced easily, is not worth it. The number of toxins that toys, clothes, furniture, or even kitchen appliances can hold onto can be extensive, and keeping that in mind as you throw things out will help as you sort through things. 

In Good Times and in Bad

At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we understand that not everyone rents a dumpster by choice. Sometimes, life hands us circumstances that are truly unfortunate. In good times and in bad, our company will make the process easy for you. From scheduling online to helping you find the right size for your situation, we can advise you on what would be the best fit. The easiest way through these situations is by communicating and trusting the companies you choose to help. We hope to earn your trust and business no matter what life throws your way.