How to Clean up After a Fire

The remains of a fire can be a terrible eyesore on your property, and quite hazardous with all the broken glass, metal, and toxic ash. Cleaning it up is definitely an undertaking - but it is something you can realistically do yourself, and save a lot of money.


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    Move large objects that will be discarded over to near where the dumpster will be placed. If anything is salvageable, keep it. Heavy-duty plastics like the pad for a hot water heater could still be usable.
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    Rent a dumpster. Trying to haul out trash in bags is too much work. A 15 yard (13.7 m) dumpster can be delivered to your site and rented for 3-5 days for anywhere between $200-$300. It is possible to rent a 30 yarder also, but this is not always available out in the country. If a modest-sized home has completely burned to the ground, you're talking about 30 yards (27.4 m) of trash - up to 10 tons.
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    Salvage all the charred boards and put them in a pile. They can be used for stakes, light-duty construction projects, such as a compost bin, and if nothing else - firewood.
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    Remove all the concrete blocks that were used for the foundation. The busted ones can be thrown in a pile and later used as urbanite. Those that are still intact (but no longer foundation-worthy) can be used in an outdoor project, such as this fireplace.
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    Shovel out what's left. Take 2 five-gallon buckets over to where you're digging. Dig with a snub-nosed half-shovel . . . not the full-lengths - they are too heavy and awkward to use. Fill each bucket with trash, then walk them over and empty them into the dumpster.
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    Try to convert the area into something beautiful. Once the debris is gone, you can even make a garden!

Things You'll Need

  • Dumpster
  • Shovel (snub-nosed half-length)
  • 2 five-gallon buckets
  • Work gloves

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Categories: Home Improvements and Repairs