3 Tips To Avoid Driveway Damage When Renting A Dumpster

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Decluttering can generate a lot of waste. Whether you are looking to clean out your garage, dispose of obsolete household items, or throw out belongings that you no longer have room to store, you can benefit from renting a dumpster to help with your decluttering project.

A rental dumpster can be placed directly onto your driveway and serve as an easily accessible receptacle for waste. It's important that you prepare for the arrival of your dumpster properly so that you can avoid causing any significant damage to your driveway throughout your rental period.

1. Choose the Right Dumpster Size

One of the easiest ways to damage your driveway with a rented dumpster is overfilling. Each dumpster is only rated to handle a specific weight and volume of waste.

If you exceed these limits, the dumpster will be difficult to load onto a trailer for removal. Your driveway could become scratched or marred as a result of the loading difficulty.

Try to estimate how much waste the decluttering process will generate before you rent a dumpster so that you end up with a trash bin that is sized to meet your needs.

2. Place the Dumpster in the Shade

You should always clear a shaded spot on your driveway for a rented dumpster to sit. Asphalt driveways are particularly susceptible to damage when direct sunlight causes the asphalt mixture used to create the driveway to soften.

The combined weight of the dumpster and its contents can cause the dumpster itself to sink down into a soft driveway. A sinking dumpster will leave behind gouges in the surface of your asphalt, and you may even have to chip away at your driveway to free the feet of your rented dumpster.

If your driveway isn't naturally shaded, consider adding a portable shade structure over your rented dumpster to avoid driveway damage.

3. Place the Dumpster on a Level Surface

You want your rented dumpster to be placed on a level part of your driveway for the duration of the rental period. When the dumpster is sitting on a flat, hard surface there is a reduced risk of having the dumpster shift while you are loading it up with waste.

Even a small incline can create a weight imbalance within your rented dumpster. The result is a dumpster that slides across the surface of your driveway, leaving behind scratches and other visible damage in the process.

For more information about dumpster service, contact a local company.

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