Renting a Dumpster? Here’s How to Protect Your Driveway
August 10 | by Jamey Vick
Renting a dumpster is an excellent way to quickly and easily get rid of clutter and debris from your home. In fact, a dumpster can make any renovation or clean-up experience a worry-free process. However, because of the relative size and weight of a dumpster, and because not all waste is solid waste, renting a dumpster can an impact on your driveway’s surface. Dents or scratches to the surface of your driveway and stains from chemicals or other substances be difficult and even expensive to fix. Of course, with a little forethought and preparation, these inconveniences can be easily prevented. Here are a few quick tips that can help you protect your driveway and ensure your dumpster rental goes smoothly:
- Cover your driveway with wood - Plywood is one of the best choices for protecting your driveway when renting a dumpster. Not only is it inexpensive, it’s also available in sheets that are large enough to cover necessary amount of ground. Place this wood over every part of the surface where the dumpster will be placed. The plywood will provide a more uniform and even surface which will help to more effectively support the weight of the dumpster and protect the surface of the driveway underneath.
If plywood isn't available, opt for two-by-fours or any other wide wood boards that you have available and cover as much surface area as possible for optimal protection. Still another option would be to place blocks of wood under the feet of the dumpster, leveling it out and preventing it from sinking and denting your driveway.
- Distribute the weight evenly inside the dumpster - When placing items into the dumpster, it may be tempting to simply throw them in with without thinking about placement. Unfortunately, this could ultimately result in an uneven distribution of items and the total weight within the dumpster. If there’s more pressure on one foot than on the others, it could cause the dumpster to become unbalanced, cause it to shift and scratch the driveway, or lead to unsightly dents that are difficult to restore.
- Check for leaks - Chemicals and other liquids often make their way inside of a dumpster and can result in unsightly stains if they leak out onto your driveway. Before loading up your dumpster, be careful to transporting items to the dumpster and also be careful about placing them within your dumpster. You should also perform a thorough inspection for any holes in the dumpster itself. Rust, corrosion, or damaged areas could potentially lead to a damaging leak. Reputable dumpster rental companies will, of course, provide you with a dumpster that is in good condition. But if you are unsatisfied with the condition of your dumpster, be sure to ask for a replacement immediately.
- Look for level ground - When choosing a spot for your dumpster, be sure to select the area of your driveway that is the most level. The site with the most even surface will allow for the most stability, for a more even distribution of weight, and will help to prevent indentations from forming in the driveway.
- Protect your path to the dumpster - The pathway from your home to the dumpster is an area that is prone to damage. Dragging large items and spilling substances may cause damage to your front walkway, garage floor, lawn, or driveway. Of course, this can easily be prevented by using a dolly or a sturdy wheelbarrow.
- Don’t overfill the dumpster - The heavier the dumpster is, the more likely it will cause damage to the driveway beneath it. A load that is too heavy could dent, scratch or even dent the surface below. Also, keep in mind that an overflowing dumpster could increase the risk of spills that could damage your driveway.
- Take weather into consideration - Remember that hot asphalt is softer and more susceptible to scratches and indentations. When considering when to rent a dumpster, if at all possible, try to avoid the hottest days or try to provide shade to help keep the location somewhat cooler.
- Consider placing the dumpster on the street - Depending on your location and your city’s by-laws, finding an alternate spot for your dumpster may be the best option. If allowed, having the dumpster placed on the street in front of your home may provide the most level surface and will also ensure that your entire driveway remains safe and free from damage.
Renting a dumpster is one of the easiest and most effective ways to clean up after a significant home project. Whether you are doing a complete renovation or are cleaning out the clutter, by taking a few simple precautions, you can ensure that you driveway is protected and your dumpster rental experience is a very positive and productive experience.
If you are ready to rent a dumpster for your next home project, VaVia is here to help. To learn more about our services or to rent your own VaVia dumpster, contact us today!
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