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September 19, 2017
Home Improvement Projects for Fall
Here at Box Brothers Roll-Off Services, we offer year-round dumpster rentals in metro Denver. If you’re planning home improvement projects for fall, we can help you dispose of your household waste, old furniture, as well as construction debris easily and safely. We’ll deliver the right-size dumpster for an affordable price, sparing you from hauling all that junk on your own.
Keep reading for ideas on different ways to improve your home this fall.
Replace Your Front Door
As temperatures cool down, a draft coming into your home may point to a problem with your windows and front door. Often, homeowners end up spending more than they need to on home heating to compensate for drafts. Replace your front door with a new, energy efficient model for better protection against wind, rain, and snow before the weather turns harsh. You can also rip out and dump all the old framing or accent windows around the door to create a more impenetrable and secure home entrance.
Install Rain Gutter Covers
With the arrival of fall, leaves will end up in our gutters. And clogged, overflowing gutters can quickly lead to water damage to your roof and walls. Installing rain gutter covers will ensure that water is allowed to drain away, but that leaves and debris are kept out. You may even need to replace your current gutters, remove any previous water damage to your home and make the necessary repairs. If the job starts to snowball into a more extensive project, we can bring out a roll-off dumpster to make things a little easier.
Repair or Replace Your Roof
When it comes to home improvement projects for fall, this is a big one. Summer storms are over, and the harsh winter temperatures have not yet set in. Shingles that are curling, molding or blistered are a sign that your roof is not protecting your home sufficiently. They’ll need to be removed, properly disposed of and replaced. Getting work done on your roof before winter is the only way to avoid serious damage from rainwater, ice build-up and snow melt.
Create a Finished Basement
Now that the long summer days are over, the whole family will be spending more time indoors. Take advantage of the extra space in your basement and transform it into something useful like a playroom or extra bedroom. We can send out a dumpster so you can get rid of any old junk you have stored down there, as well as all construction debris you create. Once cleared out, you can focus on the endless ways to make use of your basement, from a wine cellar to a yoga studio, as well as a game room or home office.
Renovations, repairs, and home clean-outs can produce a surprisingly large amount of debris and waste. Take the stress out of your home improvement projects for fall by renting a dumpster from Box Brothers in metro Denver. We offer the most affordable and convenient way to get rid of your trash without hassle. For more information, just give us a call.
August 16, 2017
What to Do with a Raccoon Stuck in Your Rented Dumpster
At Box Brothers Roll Off Services, we like to be prepared. Just in case the unexpected happens, here's what to do with a raccoon stuck in your rented dumpster. When renting a dumpster, this is probably not something that crosses your mind. You will be thinking about the size of the dumpster to get, when exactly to schedule the pick-up, whether you will be able to haul all of your debris alone or if you will need help...and how good your home will look after you finish your project.
Unfortunately, nature does not always respect our plans. If your dumpster is not securely tarped over or covered, you do run the risk of visitors. Curious creatures can find ways to clamber into your dumpster in search of food or shelter and accidentally end up trapping themselves. Most often this will happen to raccoons, but it is possible to find a fox, snake or possum getting comfortable in your roll-off dumpster rental without permission. The first thing to remember when faced with a trapped wild animal is not to panic. They are most definitely more afraid of you than you are of them.
A raccoon stuck in your rented dumpster will probably be highly stressed, trying to hide behind objects in the dumpster or acting defensively. Put yourself in their (furry) shoes for a second, They most likely stumbled into the dumpster because it was a new and interesting thing that appeared within their usual territory. After sniffing around for a few minutes, they decided that there was nothing of interest there and to keep moving. On attempting to leave, they realized that the steep, smooth sides of the dumpster make it impossible for them to escape and are stuck, possibly for hours before being discovered.
Some things that you should not do in this situation include getting into the roll-off dumpster with the animal to try and grab it, using a net or bag to try and catch it, getting a dog to try and scare it out. All of these will most likely result in exhaustion, frustration and possibly you and the animal getting hurt. Usually, the raccoon will do everything it can to escape this stressful situation, and you just need to see how you can give him a nudge in the right direction.
Grab a sturdy box or crate to put into the dumpster to act as a ladder. If you are stuck, a tree branch or some full garbage bags could work. Place your makeshift ladder inside the dumpster on the opposite side to where the raccoon is and as close to the edge as possible. Walk away from the dumpster so that the animal has some time and space to exit without feeling threatened. If they still can't figure out how to escape, it may be best to call your local animal control service for professional help.
The team at Box Brothers Roll Off Services has seen it all. For over a decade we have been helping customers dispose of their household and demolition debris quickly and safely, as well as explaining what to do with a raccoon stuck in your rented dumpster. For more information on renting a dumpster in the metro Denver area, do not hesitate to contact us on 303-465-2100.
July 26, 2017
Tips for a Successful Bathroom Renovation
Renovating this summer? Check out our tips for a successful bathroom renovation. At Box Brothers Roll-Off Services, our dumpster rentals can be a big help for Denver homeowners with any number of projects in the works such home extensions and DIY projects. Renting a dumpster makes clean-up easier, faster and safer. We’ll drop it off and haul away your debris for a stress-free finish.
Today, we share tips for a successful bathroom renovation to make everything go smoothly with your next project.
- Set a Budget. Decide how much money you can set aside for the entire project. Get an estimate on the labor costs for the job and subtract this from the total. The remaining amount can be spent on the materials for your new fixtures. It's a good idea to leave a little extra in the budget in case of unforeseen problems. Give us a call for our dumpster rental rates, too.
- Stick to a Timeline. Minimizing the time your bathroom is under construction is important, especially if it is the only bathroom in the house. Taking into account the time needed to measure, order and deliver the materials, coordinate with your contractor to get the work done in sequence and efficiently.
- Measure Accurately. To make life easier when it comes to buying new tiles, cabinets, and fixtures, you will need exact measurements. Draw up a to-scale plan of your bathroom with measurements and the locations of existing plumbing pipes and electrical wiring.
- Renovate from the Top Down. Removing old materials and replacing them starting at the ceiling and working your way towards the floor will ensure that your new installations do not get damaged in the demolition process. We can advise you on the right-size dumpster to handle all of these materials.
- Build with Ventilation in Mind. Good ventilation is necessary for a bathroom. Correct placement of an extractor fan will ensure continuous airflow. This will make your bathroom fresh, comfortable and prevent mold or rot from damaging the interiors.
- Choose Material for Floor and Walls Carefully. When selecting the material for your bathroom's flooring and walls, it is important to take the practical considerations into account as well as the aesthetic. Your floor and wall material needs to be waterproof, resistant to mold and mildew, durable, and for the floor, slip-resistant.
- Keep Your Plumbing Simple. A bathroom can have any combination of shower, bathtub, bidet, jacuzzi, toilet, and sinks. Plan your plumbing installations by taking into account the existing pipes. This way you can minimize extra pipe installation and maximize your use of space.
- Be Smart with Lighting. Take advantage of natural light with large, south facing windows if possible. An atmosphere can be created with built-in mirror bulbs and adjustable lighting. Remember to allow 4 watts of incandescent light per square foot.
- Remember Storage. In small, irregularly shaped bathrooms, fitting in practical storage cannot be forgotten. Take into account how many people will be using the bathroom and install easily accessible shelving, cabinets and storage units.
The last of our tips for a successful bathroom renovation is to plan for waste disposal. Ripping out old fixtures creates a surprising amount of debris. With a roll-off dumpster rental from Box Brothers, you can safely dispose of your construction debris quickly and with little hassle. For more information on dumpster sizes and pricing, do not hesitate to contact our team.
June 26, 2017
Read This Before Renting a Dumpster
Box Brothers Roll-Off Services wants you to have a successful experience with your rental dumpster in Denver. Read this before renting a dumpster and avoid the most common pitfalls encountered by people in your situation. If you are undertaking a construction or landscaping project, moving, or getting rid of unwanted furniture and appliances, a rental dumpster is a practical and affordable solution.
Before you decide to rent a dumpster, there are a few things you should consider.
First, find out if there are any specific restrictions or permits pertaining to dumpsters in your area. Some cities will require you to obtain a permit before putting a trash dumpster on public property, such as the street out in front of your home or business. Even if you plan to place your dumpster on your property, it’s best to avoid problems by asking your local municipality about regulations that apply to dumpsters.
Local homeowner’s associations can also have their own rules about dumpster rentals, so avoid getting in hot water with your neighbors by warning them in advance.
Next, don't leave it until the last possible moment to schedule your dumpster. As soon as you know the date for your clean out or move, call or go online to book your roll-off rental. At certain times of the year, rental dumpsters are in high demand. All rental companies have a finite number of units to rent at any one time. To avoid having to do multiple, exhausting runs to the dump on your own, reserve your dumpster well in advance.
Third, decide on the location for your dumpster before it arrives. Make it’s as easy as possible to move your debris into the dumpster by placing in close to the work site or the entrance of your home. Be sure the area is clear of hazards like low hanging tree branches or cables. Measure the area accurately before choosing a size for your dumpster. We have seen too many customers guesstimate sizes and then have to change their location at the last minute when the dumpster doesn't fit the space.
Of course, rent your dumpster from a locally owned business. Many national dumpster rental services advertise their services in every town across America, but bigger is not always better! These companies usually subcontract the work to a local business anyway, and simply earn a fee for doing so. By going straight to the smaller independent companies like Box Brothers, you can usually save some money and better support to your local economy.
For prompt, friendly service and affordable prices on rentals, depend on Box Brothers Roll-Off Services. We are a family-owned and operated business serving customers across the area of metro Denver. We think that if you read this before renting a dumpster, it should give you a good idea of how to make the most of your rental and avoid problems, but if you have any doubts questions, just get in touch. We are happy to give you honest and practical advice on how best to use a rental dumpster for your project.
May 21, 2017
How to Prevent Illegal Dumping in Your Roll-Off
Knowing how to prevent illegal dumping in your roll-off dumpster can mean the difference between a great experience and an exasperating one. Box Brothers Roll-Off Services, serving all of metro Denver, would like to offer you some tips on how best to use and protect your rental dumpster.
Unfortunately, when you rent a roll-off, some unscrupulous people can take the opportunity to quietly rid themselves of their trash by sneaking it into your dumpster. This can be very frustrating, especially if you’re in the middle of a project and somebody else's waste takes up the precious space you’ve paid for.
Hide Your Dumpster
To prevent your private dumpster rental from turning into a community free for all, choose your location carefully. If you have a fenced in yard, or a gated drive, try to place your dumpster inside the perimeter and as close to your house as possible. Try to keep it off busy streets that have a lot of foot traffic. You want to make it difficult for people to pass by and drop things in unnoticed.
Close Up the Dumpster
When not in use, keep your dumpster covered. A simple tarp, tightly secured with a rope or bungee cords will act as a deterrent against opportunistic dumpers. At night, you should try to keep the area around your dumpster well-lit, maybe aim that motion-activated light over your garage directly at the dumpster area or set up a temporary spotlight to keep it illuminated.
Get In and Get Out
The longer you have a rented dumpster on site, the more likely you are to suffer from illegal dumping. This means you should plan to have the dumpster delivered when you know you are ready to fill it. Ordering your dumpster to arrive before you have much to put in it means there will be space in your dumpster over a longer period, and a bigger risk of other people's trash making their way into it.
Keep an Eye on Things
If at all possible, try not to spend extended periods away from the property where your dumpster is located. If you do have to leave your home or the site unattended, let your neighbors know that you have a rental dumpster. Ask them to keep an eye on your dumpster and maybe have lighting timed to turn on after dusk. Again, a covered and well-lit dumpster makes it less likely of a target.
Become a Detective
Check your dumpster each day for illegally dumped items. If you do find other debris in your dumpster, check to see if there are any identifying labels, receipts or addresses. Some illegal dumpers are not as clever as they think they are. Do not be afraid to call law enforcement and give them any information you have collected. Even if police cannot identify the perpetrator, it may help you or your neighbors in the future if the problem repeats itself.
Box Brothers Roll-Off Services offers dumpster rentals across metro Denver and understand that it’s not always 100% possible, but knowing how to prevent illegal dumping in your roll-off can make it difficult for any potential dumpers to act. Hopefully, this information will help you minimize your risk and have plenty of space to get rid of your unwanted debris quickly, safely and affordably.