Renting A Dumpster? How To Protect Your Driveway
If you are remodelling your home or doing some landscape work, then a dumpster rental provides the simplest solution for disposing of all the waste safely and effectively. However, your options for the dumpster placement may be somewhat limited, especially if local codes require you to get a permit before putting it on the street, and you don’t want to ruin your landscape. As hard as your concrete or asphalt driveway may be, it will likely suffer damage if you place the dumpster rental directly on it. Here are some tips to protect your driveway.
Lay down Plywood or Boards for Protection
Consider laying down some pieces of wood or plywood on the surface where the dumpster will be placed, as well as anywhere the delivery truck or other equipment will be operating. This will prevent parts of the dumpster and the construction equipment from sinking into the ground and leaving unsightly ruts and compacted zones.
Distribute the Weight
If you’re using a roll-off dumpster, most of the weight will be concentrated on the wheels. This should not be a problem if you are working on a quick project, but if you intend for the dumpster to sit there for a while, especially in hot weather, then it’s likely to create impressions or dents on the asphalt. Consider placing wide boards beneath the wheels to distribute the weight over a larger area and minimize compaction.
Construction and landscaping waste can easily weigh down a dumpster while occupying very little space. If you continue to add more debris without considering the weight, you might end up damaging your driveway. You can keep this from happening by knowing the weight limitations of your dumpster rental and sticking to the filling recommendations. Don’t worry about scheduling more pick-ups, because they will likely be cheaper and more convenient than repairing a damaged driveway.
Watch out for Leaks
If you put anything into the dumpster that can leak, you can stain the driveway. Inspect the dumpster rental carefully upon arrival for any points of weakness such as rust, corrosion, or gaps, and request a dumpster replacement if you are dissatisfied. Alternatively, you could place a tarp beneath the danger zones on the dumpster. Even if you have no waste liquids, some materials can leave stains if it rains.
Good planning and preparation can reduce the likelihood of damage to your driveway, or minimize the extent of damage so that you only need to do a little site remediation after the dumpster rental has been hauled away.