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November 15, 2017
The Basics of Renting a Dumpster
Unsure if a rental dumpster is your best option? Today, the team here at Box Brothers Roll-Off Services in Denver covers the basics of renting a dumpster to hopefully answer any questions you might have and help you make the right decision. Once you choose to go with a roll-off, our affordable dumpster rentals will make getting rid of your unwanted debris quick and easy.
When it comes to the basics of renting a dumpster, there are a few things to consider. Primarily, you need to think about what goes in it, what doesn’t, if you have a secure place for your roll-off and what size fits your requirements. Let’s take a closer look.
- When should you rent a dumpster?
Rental dumpsters are useful to have when undertaking DIY projects around the home that will generate large amounts of debris and household waste. Home renovations, renovations and clean-outs can leave you with old and broken furniture, appliances, wood, metal or bricks that need disposal. Landscaping projects may require the removal of trees, gravel or other organic material. Moving homes, especially downsizing, can also reveal a lot of unwanted clothes, toys, and housewares. A rental dumpster can be incredibly helpful in all of these scenarios.
- What cannot be put in a rental dumpster?
Certain materials are unsuitable for disposal in a rental dumpster. These include:
- Electronics, such as computers, TVs, and cell phones
- Fuels such as diesel, oils, propane tanks, gas equipment
- Chemicals, such as poisons, pesticides, and paints (dry is fine)
- Batteries, tires, freon and asbestos
- Where should I put the rental dumpster?
To make it easy to move heavy debris into your rental dumpster, you’ll want to place it as near to the work site as possible. Usually, this means in your driveway or yard. However, the roll-off dumpster must be placed on a hard surface, as it may sink into or cause damage to a soft lawn. If this is not feasible, your next option is to keep your dumpster on the street which will require a permit first – so please make sure you have things situated before we deliver your roll-off rental.
- How big are rental dumpsters?
To keep things simple and streamlined, we offer two sizes of rental dumpsters suitable for most projects. The small provides 12 cubic yards at 4' high x 7' wide x 12' long. Our large roll-off is 30 cubic yards, or 6' high x 7' wide x 22' long. If you are unsure about which size dumpster you require, our team will be happy to help you choose the right size for your specific needs.
Now that you know the basics of renting a dumpster, the only thing left to do is contact the team at Box Brothers Roll-Off Services to request a quick quote. With over a decade of experience in renting dumpsters across the Denver metro area, for both residential and commercial use, you can trust us to provide quality services at the best possible price.
October 16, 2017
Yes, You Can Share a Dumpster
At Box Brothers Roll-Off Services our clients in metro Denver often have questions. So, here’s the answer to a recent inquiry: yes, you can share a dumpster. Once there is a single address given for drop-off and collection, and the dumpster rental is paid for, we do not have an issue with where the contents of the dumpster come from.
If you and your neighbors have projects coming up, two households can share a dumpster, or the roll-off can be used by the entire neighborhood. It’s completely up to your own discretion. Just remember to inform everyone who is utilizing the dumpster that only non-hazardous waste is accepted, so no batteries, electronics, chemicals or fuel.
Sharing a dumpster between a few households is a brilliant way to save time and money. Often, homeowners are doing a home clear-out or a minor building project which produces some extra waste. Although it may be too much for their regular garbage bin to handle, it can seem a bit excessive to rent a dumpster for a minimal amount of extra trash. In this case, it is a good idea to ask around the neighborhood to see if anyone is interested in dividing the cost of a rental dumpster. More often than not, you will find somebody else in the same situation. So yes, you can share a dumpster!
As winter approaches, cars, bikes, camping gear, and other outdoor equipment need to get stored away. It is the perfect time to clean out your garage and free up some much-needed space. Last minute roof repairs and tree trimming before the cold weather sets in can also generate some extra debris. Encouraging your neighbors to get all of these tasks done by a specific weekend means that you can coordinate dumping everything together in one rented roll-off and not have unsightly garden waste or construction debris lying around.
If your neighborhood has a shared playground or green area, organizing a community clean-up day is a great way to enhance the appearance of this shared space and to socialize. A day spent picking up trash, trimming hedges, planting flowers and painting fences can transform the appearance of your area. Some housing associations may cover the cost of a shared rental dumpster if volunteers organize the clean-up. Getting outside and mingling with the neighbors isn't as common as it used to be. Spending time doing something charitable with the people that live around you can help foster good relationships and build a better sense of community.
Now that you have the answer – yes, you can share a dumpster, contact Box Brothers Roll-Off Services for a clean-up of any scale, shared or individual. Our rental dumpsters come in two convenient sizes, 12 or 30 cubic yards. Call us today for assistance in selecting the right dumpster for your neighborhood needs. We have been providing convenient and affordable waste removal services across metro Denver for over 10 years. As a family run business, you can depend on us for honest and friendly service with a fast response time.
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.