As you prepare to tackle that big home renovation project, one of the big factors that you have to consider is how you’re going to get rid of all the waste that you’re going to create. Even with a small area like a bathroom, you need to plan for lots and lots of waste materials! Homeowners are always surprised at just how much flooring, wall, ceiling, appliances, and other materials come out of a small room, and how difficult it is to get it all disposed of cleanly and safely. All the same, you may wonder—do you really need a Charleston dumpster rental, or can you get by without one? Here are a few of the most common alternatives that we see people try, along with some reasons they are terrible ideas!
Multiple Runs to the Dump
Maybe you have a pickup truck with a sizable bed, and you figure that you can just transport your waste materials to the local landfill yourself. That may sound easy, but most home improvement projects generate multiple truckloads’ worth of waste. Add up the time you spend driving back and forth to the dump and unloading everything, and you are seriously eating into the time that you can spend actually completing your renovation project itself.
There is also a safety risk in transporting waste over the open road in a pickup truck bed. Any small pieces of wood, nails, screws, broken tiles, and other items that bounce or fly out of the bed pose a serious risk to other vehicles, not to mention littering the environment. Properly securing the waste in your truck before hitting the road is yet more time that you could be working on your project instead.
The Dreaded Trash Pile
Rather than interrupting your kitchen or living room remodel with trips to the dump, why not pile up your trash in the backyard and then take it to the landfill at your leisure once the job is done? That would certainly allow you to finish the remodel itself more quickly, but that huge pile of trash in your backyard will create serious issues of its own. For one thing, after just a day or two, the damage to the grass underneath that pile will be significant, and you’ll be left with a huge patch of dead grass and mud—not to mention demolition waste trampled into the ground—that will require quite a bit of coaxing before it will grow back to its previous state.
There are also safety risks with this approach, as the nails and screws in your trash pile have an odd ability to make their way onto your driveway and under your vehicles’ tires! If you have children at home, you will also have to be diligent about keeping them away from the insulation and sharp edges of broken wood, metal, and tile that can injure them.
Up In Smoke
We’ve saved the worst option for last—burning your pile of debris in the backyard. We don’t even need to tell you about the risk of fire spreading to your landscaping, your home, or the property of your neighbors, particularly if the weather is dry. But another huge factor is the fact that much of the material you take out of your home produces harmful fumes and chemicals when burned. The black smoke that drifts through your neighborhood and into your home is filled with substances that are very harmful to humans and pets, and you may well be breaking the law by polluting the environment, not to mention making things very unpleasant for your neighbors!
Your Roll-Off Dumpster Rental Source
Play it safe and save yourself a huge amount of time and work—rent a roll-off dumpster from your local provider, Big Red Box Coastal. We’ll have a dumpster of the right size in your driveway or in front of your home within 24 hours of your call, delivered and picked up safely by an expert driver. We’re also here to answer any questions you have about disposing of unusual or potentially hazardous items. Contact us today!