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Tips To Protect Your Driveway From Your Rental Dumpster

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A dumpster rental may be the simplest way to ensure that you can easily dispose of all the waste without daily dump runs during a major home renovation project. Generally, the driveway is the best place to set down the dumpster, since you don't want to damage your landscaping and local codes may prevent you from putting it on the street without a special permit. Although your asphalt or concrete driveway is durable, it can suffer damage. The following tips can help you protect it from the dumpster.

Tip #1: Disperse the weight

Weight concentrates on the wheels of a roll-off dumpster. This isn't always a concern for short term use on concrete, but it can leave behind dents or impressions on asphalt – especially in hot weather. The simplest way to avoid this is to place wide boards beneath the wheels. This will distribute the weight over a larger area and prevent impressions from occurring.

Tip #2: Avoid stains

Stains can be a problem if anything is going into the dumpster that could potentially leak. Inspect the dumpster thoroughly upon arrival to verify that there are no leaks. Also, look for signs of exterior rust or corrosion, since these can leave behind stains on concrete if it rains. Don't be afraid to request a different dumpster if the one you receive doesn't meet your specifications.

Also, consider placing a tarp beneath the dumpster or at least at the loading zone. This will prevent any stains from spills that occur when loading items into the dumpster.

Tip #3: Don't overfill it

Heavy items, such as concrete or old appliances, can quickly weigh down a dumpster and cause cracking or other damage to your driveway. Make sure you know the weight limitations of the actual dumpster, and do not fill it more than what the rental company recommends. Err on the side of caution and schedule a pick-up if you have placed a lot of heavy items in the dumpster, even if it isn't filled to the capacity line. It's less expensive to pay for a pickup then it is to repair a damaged driveway. It's also important to dispose of items in a way so that the weight is evenly distributed throughout the dumpster, instead of all the weight sitting at one end.

For more help, contact a dumpster rental company in your area. They can help you determine the size of dumpster you need and the best area on your property to park it.