Common Dumpster Rental/Junk Removal Questions Answered by the Pros
Dumpster rentals typically come in 10, 20, 30, or 40-yard capacities. Some rental companies may offer varying sizes, but these are the most common. When replacing roof shingles, choosing the right dumpster size depends upon two main factors: how many layers of shingles are on the roof, and the square-footage of the roof.
A 10-yard dumpster may work well for smaller roofs up to 1,500 square-feet. Larger roofs up to 3,000 square-feet require a 20-yard dumpster or possibly larger. These estimates are based on removing a single layer of shingles, so choose a slightly larger dumpster for roofs with multiple layers.
Dumpster rental prices vary depending upon several factors, including the location, size, material, tonnage charges and landfill fees. For instance, a 20-yard dumpster in San Diego may cost $625 for a seven-day rental while the same sized dumpster in Detroit costs just $420. The keys to getting the best price on a dumpster are calling multiple dumpster rental companies to compare prices, as well as inquiring about any and all applicable fees that are in addition to the base rental rate.
Many dumpster rental companies charge a landfill fee, which is an extra fee priced per ton. Be sure to ask if the base rental rate includes landfill fees, in addition to inquiring about possible overage charges, fuel surcharges and charges on handling certain materials. Some companies may offer an out-the-door pricing structure while others charge extra fees, so it’s important to ask about all fees when price shopping for the best deal.
You should never throw a television, or any electronic device for that matter, in the dumpster. TVs contain levels of certain toxic substances, including chromium, lead and mercury. When a TV enters the municipal landfill system, there’s the potential these toxic metals leach into groundwater or emit toxic chemicals into the air when incinerated.
There are several more eco-friendly ways to get rid of an old TV. First, if the TV still works, donate it to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army or other local charitable organization. Otherwise, just set it outside your home with a “Free” sign on it – somebody will take it! If the TV is broken, check Earth911.com for a recycling center near you that accepts TVs.
Mold is potentially dangerous when inhaled, especially for young children, the elderly and those with poor immune systems. Moldy drywall is certainly considered a health hazard and should be handled as so. Always wear a respirator mask and gloves when working around mold.
If you plan to remove more than a few sheets of moldy drywall, it’s best to consult a mold removal professional, or call in a junk removal service that specializes in this sort of cleanout. When renting a dumpster to dispose of the moldy drywall, be sure to inform the rental company you plan to put moldy material in the dumpster. While this usually won’t be a big deal, some dumpster rental companies may require that you place each moldy piece of drywall into a plastic bag or have you follow another type of containment procedure.
Whether it’s a single closet or an entire house, the key to de-cluttering a space is not getting overwhelmed. It’s easy to see the problem from a macro perspective, and that can prevent you from achieving success. So, break the space into smaller sections that make the cleanup a far more tangible goal to achieve.
Instead of tackling the entire room, divide the room into easier-to-manage sections and focus on de-cluttering each section before moving to the next. It will help you feel a sense of triumph each time you complete a section.
A cluttered home is a hint that you simply have too much stuff. So, some of the stuff has got to go. Divide items into three piles: sell, donate or trash. Get rid of items you never use or haven’t used in over a year.
After you complete the de-cluttering process, it’s important to put a clutter-prevention strategy in place. One useful rule is to get rid of an item every time you bring a new one home, such as getting rid of the old coffeemaker when a new one is purchased. Another useful tip is to spend 15 minutes per day de-cluttering tables, countertops and bathrooms while dinner is cooking or during commercial breaks when watching your favorite TV shows.
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Joe Eitel is a web content writer for Hometown Dumpster Rental, the leading online resource for finding local dumpster rental and junk removal service providers nationwide. Search Hometown’s extensive dumpster rental listings for free and find reputable roll off dumpster rental companies in your area. Also check out the Hometown Dumpster Rental Blog for industry news and eco-friendly tips.
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