Whether it’s a home improvement project or a big estate cleanout, it doesn’t matter. You are going to need a place to put away all the trash. And the garbage cans at the end of the driveway aren’t going to cut it. A dumpster rental will get the job done. But first, check out these four tips for protecting your driveway when using a dumpster.
Lay Down Plywood
Plywood planks are great for dumpster containers. Having enough of them can let you cover the complete surface of the driveway. They act as a buffer between the metal dumpster and the concrete. The dumpsters are very heavy, and it’s inevitable for them to touch the ground.
You don’t want to run the risk of cracking the asphalt, breaking off big chunks, or even enduring too many scrapes. Some rental companies offer plywood planks with dumpsters, so you don’t need to try and find some.
Evenly Distribute Weight
You need to evenly distribute the weight when you have planks underneath the bin. It’s not a good idea to favor one side over the other. The planks could start to split and crack down the middle.
If this is a long-term project, monitor which side you toss garbage into the bin. Don’t overfill the dumpster, either. Never let a project get to the point where items start to overflow and spill out of the container. Use the side doors to evenly distribute trash instead of throwing it overhead.
Check for Leaks
It’s not ideal to throw liquids inside the bin. Still, spills happen. Leaks can damage and stain your driveway to the point where no amount of detergent and water will lift the stains.
Carefully inspect all the trash before tossing it inside. Go through the bags and large items beforehand. If you spot any liquids, drain them completely before throwing the discarded items inside.
Place Down Cinder Blocks
Some 20-yard dumpster rentals come with wheels for easy transportation. However, you don’t want to leave these wheels unattended. Place cinder blocks in the front and back of the wheels so that the bin doesn’t roll away.
This is especially necessary if your home and driveway are on an incline or decline. Plywood planks provide a smooth and easy surface for things to roll down. So use cinder blocks with them. The blocks will also protect the driveway from any visible marks.
At Vine Disposal, we’re all about providing dumpsters for our customers and tips to help them protect their driveways. For more information, visit our website.