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September 14, 2017
How to Maximize Space in Your Roll-Off Dumpster
Whatever you need it for, Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver offers our strategies for how to maximize space in your roll-off dumpster. A roll-off dumpster is a great way to get rid of debris from a project, remodel or demolition but if you don’t utilize the space in your dumpster well you won’t get as much out of the money you put into it.
So let’s talk about strategies that will come in handy in a couple of different cases. Two common uses for roll-off dumpsters are getting rid of construction debris or cleaning out a house. So let’s look at what to do in each of these cases and how to maximize space in your roll-off dumpster.
Construction Debris Strategy
Construction debris usually consists of things like sheets of plywood or sheetrock, 2x4s, broken tiles, shingles and possibly a few larger items like cabinets or bathroom fixtures like tubs or sinks. Just throwing these items haphazardly into a roll-off container will leave large unused gaps and is not the best way to make the most of the available space inside the dumpster.
When it comes to how to maximize space in your roll-off dumpster, it is best to start with a plan. Be aware of the large items that you need to put in the container and keep them in mind as you begin loading. Depending on what you’ve got, those large items may need to go in first, or it might work better to load them later on but at least have a plan for where they will fit best.
If you have large sheets of something, like plywood or siding, that can be a good place to start. Lay the sheets along the bottom of the roll-off dumpster, and you’ll see that they hardly take up any space. Next 2x4’ or anything else that is long and straight should go in (stacked neatly of course). As you load, you will inevitably start to see pockets of unused space developing, that’s where you can toss small pieces of debris to fill in every possible space.
House Cleanout Strategy
The idea is similar to what we’ve already described above, but the type of items are quite different. In-house cleanouts, you are often dealing with a lot more large, strangely shaped objects like furniture or exercise equipment. Like with construction debris, the best strategy is to make a plan before you start putting anything in the dumpster. While you’re making your plan figure out what items can be broken down into smaller pieces that can be used to fill in the pockets that inevitably appear during the loading process.
We hope these strategies for how to maximize space in your roll-off dumpster prove to be useful when it comes time to load up your debris. We here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver value our customers, and we want you to have the best experience possible with our services. We are happy to answer any questions you have, so feel free to give us a call.
August 21, 2017
Where Not to Put Your Roll-Off Dumpster
Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver offers some helpful advice on where not to put your roll-off dumpster. These dumpsters are a great option for getting rid of the debris from all kinds of waste-generating projects, but you should also be smart about where you put them. You could end up causing extra work for yourself in the long run or even inadvertently violate a law.
A Sloped Surface
When you first set an empty dumpster on a sloped surface, there probably won’t be a problem, but, think about what might happen once you start putting items in the dumpster and it gets heavier. If the slope is sufficient, the dumpster could start sliding. Think about a roofing project. The easiest way to fill the roll-off dumpster is simply to toss debris into it directly from the roof, but that means there will be a directional force applied that could cause it to move. This is particularly dangerous during the winter months when the ground may be frozen or icy.
Property That Is Not Yours
Don’t open yourself up to troubles with your neighbors. Make sure that the dumpster is deposited entirely within your property’s boundaries. Nobody wants their neighbor’s big ugly trash dumpster sitting on their property! If you’re renovating before moving in, being courteous about placement will help you start things off on the right foot.
You can leave a dumpster on the street in most municipalities, but there are restrictions that you should adhere to. Most places will allow 24 hours without having to do anything, but if you need the dumpster to be there any longer than that, find out what your specific area requires. Most of the time you’ll need to get a permit for the number of days you plan to be using a rented roll-off dumpster.
Sometimes it is not possible to get a permit. For example, it’s often difficult to get a permit for a weekend project because the weekends are such popular times for big projects. If that’s the case, try talking to your neighbors and find out if anyone will have a problem with it. If no one does, you may get away with having the dumpster there for a couple of days. Proceed at your own risk!
Dumpsters can get to be heavy, so be aware of soft spots in your yard when choosing a suitable location for your dumpster rental. The most common culprits are the areas around the sprinkler system heads (also be careful not to crush those) and an underground septic tank. This potential damage is both nasty and expensive to fix so focus on not damaging them in the first place.
With over 20 years of experience working with roll-off dumpsters in the Denver, Colorado area, we know quite well where not to put your roll-off dumpster. We also know a lot about everything waste related so be sure to give us a call right here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems today! We’ll help you pick out and position the perfect dumpster for your needs.
July 16, 2017
Strategies for Cleaning a Hoarder's Home
Today, Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver offers a few basic strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s home. This job can be particularly challenging and feel overwhelming at the outset. If you’ve ever seen inside a hoarder’s home, you understand what we mean. These steps will help you organize the process and get the job done.
A few things that will be necessary or handy to have on hand include:
- Large Trash Bags
- Empty boxes and or buckets
- Cleaning Supplies (mops, sponges, wet wipes, brooms, dustpans, disinfectants, a vacuum, etc.)
- Set of Hand Tools
- Roll-off Dumpster
Set Up a Staging Area
There probably won’t be room indoors, so set up a place outside to start hauling things where you can more easily see and sort the items. Pay attention to the weather as this area may need to be covered if there is a chance of rain. You may also want to set up close to the dumpster rental, so items can be tossed right away and not revisited or picked through.
Pick a Small Room to Start
When it comes to strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s home, the bathroom is a good place to start as most things will just be directly thrown away, and you won’t have to sort much. Plus, it makes for cleaning easier when you have access to water. Keep in mind that hoarder’s homes are not known for sanitary conditions, so you should think about wearing gloves or using other protective gear.
Empty All the Rooms
Start with the trash and just get it out of the way. Obvious trash as well as anything that is obviously broken or unusable. Be aware of what you can and can’t put in the roll-off container so that you can sort the items directly during this step. Always check pockets of clothing and old purses as you might find jewelry, cash, or something else small and valuable.
Sort the Salvageable Items
There will probably be at least some items that can still be used. Decide what you want to keep and what you plan to donate. Again, keep in mind the types of items that your local charity accepts so that you can properly sort during this step. A lot of items may need to be thoroughly cleaned before use so make sure whatever you’re keeping is cleanable.
Repair and Clean
Once you get the rooms emptied out, you can more easily make any repairs to the home that are needed, even dispose of appliances, carpet, drywall and fixtures using the dumpster if they can’t be salvaged. Then you can deep clean every nook and cranny to make the home usable and livable once more. Be sure to properly disinfect everything since mold, mildew, and bacteria are bound to be hiding amongst all the mess.
These strategies for cleaning a hoarder’s home are sure to help you organize a plan of attack. This is a big job, and sometimes a tough one, but once it’s done, you will be proud of the accomplishment. A roll-off container from Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver is the perfect tool to easily get rid of the mounds of trash you might find. Give us a call today to get started.
June 14, 2017
Remodeling Ideas to Increase Your Home Value
From the friendly team at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver here are a few remodeling ideas to increase your home value. Whether you’re looking to sell in the near future, or simply want to enjoy some upgrades that will also reap the rewards in the long run, one of these ideas is sure to fit the bill. Of course, give us a call, and we’ll provide the roll-off dumpster rental services you need to clear out the old and make way for the new.
Kitchens are an integral part of your home. They often become gathering places during get-togethers and seriously who doesn’t love all the great flavors and aromas that come out of a kitchen? As such kitchen remodels are a popular way to spruce up your home and add value. You don’t have to rip out everything and start from scratch, sometimes just changing up the color scheme or upgrading your appliances to more energy efficient models is just what the room needs for a bit of extra pizzazz.
Add-On a Bathroom
An added, or gutted and upgraded, bathroom also makes the list of great remodeling ideas to increase your home value, particularly if your home currently only has one. The cost of doing this varies greatly depending on how fancy you want to make it and what kind of space you have available inside your home. Getting creative and utilizing underused spaces (like under the staircase or extra closets) can help in that department. Either way, remember to find the right size dumpster for your waste.
Reinvent a Room
If you’ve got an unfinished basement, attic, or space over the garage, you just might be able to spruce that up a bit and add some usable square footage to your home without breaking the bank. You can create a fun game room, or put in another bedroom, or maybe even put in an entire apartment from which you can earn a little extra cash by renting it out. All you have to do is, get a little creative.
Upgrading to Energy Efficient Windows
These days energy efficiency is a big concern, and this is a huge selling point for potential home buyers. To ensure your home is competitive in today’s market you really should have modern energy efficient windows. Even if you don’t plan to sell right away, installing them now will save you lots of hard earned dollars on your energy bills over time. Let us know how many windows you’re swapping out, and we’ll send over a roll-off dumpster to safely get rid of your old glass windows.
Add a Deck
Outdoor spaces are becoming increasingly popular and add significant appeal to your home when selling. Designing and installing a deck can be a big project, but you get to enjoy your efforts for the remainder of the time you live in the home and recoup a big chunk of that investment when you sell.
Most of these remodeling ideas to increase your home value will end up producing a lot of waste that you will have to get rid of somehow. One of the easiest ways to do that is to request a roll-off dumpster from us here at Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems. You can just have it handy in your yard while working on the project and be tossing debris as it’s created. When you’re all done, watch it roll away. It’s easy!
May 16, 2017
When Spring Cleaning, Should You Dump or Donate?
When spring cleaning, should you dump or donate? Today, Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems in Denver has a few tips to help you make the tough decisions. A lot of people find it somewhat paralyzing when they clean out their closets and garages, and as a result, often end up either not cleaning it or not actually cleaning it out as thoroughly as they should. However, unused items simply clutter up a home and are going to waste sitting there, when they can actually be given new life through donation.
So, as you begin to rifle through your things and decide what needs to go, you may wonder how to choose between items suitable for donation and items that just need to be hauled to the dump. Create two piles, one for the dump and one for donation. Then take a look at these two checklists and ask yourself which category the item falls into and voila! You now know which pile to add the item to.
Items Suitable For Donation
- The item is still usable and in good condition
- The item is valuable enough to sell
- The item is of decent quality and will still last for a while
- The item functions the way that it should
There are also a few things that you should keep in mind when you are donating items. Charities can only use items that are suitable for resale, and their employees have to sort through everything to ensure some degree of quality. If you give them a bunch of useless junk, your donation could end up costing them money in the time it takes to go through everything and the expense of hauling it to the dump for you. That’s not helpful and should be avoided.
Items That Should Go To the Dump
- The item is stained, ripped, moldy, rusty, ratty, whatever but it’s nasty
- The item is broken and needs extensive repair in order to function correctly
- The item is of poor quality and won’t last long at this point anyways
- The item is unsafe to use
- The item is ridiculously old
If you rent a dumpster for a massive cleanout, like finally getting rid of all that reno debris you meant to upcycle, keep in mind that not everything is eligible. Things like appliances and drywall are fine, while batteries or hazardous materials need to be disposed of properly. Be sure to check the list of prohibited items at your local landfill or talk to one of our team members for more information on proper disposal.
Again, if your first sweep and count for your “dump” pile is exceeding the capacity of your garbage cans, then consider renting a roll-off dumpster to haul everything away in one fell swoop. Mile High Roll-Off Waste Systems Inc. has several sizes you can choose from, starting at a reasonable 12-yard dumpster.
When spring cleaning, should you dump or donate shouldn’t be a paralyzing question. Instead, clean out that old junk that you don’t need cluttering up your home. Experience freedom from that burden, help out those in need with items you can donate and let Mile High Roll-Off in Denver do all the heavy lifting.