Rent a Roll-off Container before a Disaster Strikes!

Rent a roll-off container before a disaster strikes to make clean-up easier.

unhappy couple in a boat in their livingroom because their house is flooded. Back in November, heavy rains brought major flooding to the Atlanta area. Roads and businesses were shut down. People were evacuated from their homes. When the water finally receded, many people experienced significant flooding and property damage. Leaking attics and flooded basements were among the areas hit the hardest and unfortunately where most boxes, wanted and unwanted items are stored.

The moral of the story? Don’t put off cleaning out the attic or basement.

Sorting through damaged and wet items is a difficult task in itself without having to sort through years of clutter and mountains of junk. So, before you are in an overwhelming situation, do yourself and your family a favor by getting rid of some of the unwanted clutter.

Let’s get organized!

Take inventory of what you have. My motto – if I haven’t used it in 6 months out it goes. For the items you are holding on to you will now have a complete list for insurance purposes.

Now you can easily organize the items you want to keep. Sort them into categories like winter clothes, Christmas decorations, family photos and etc. Not only will it help de-clutter but it will gain you easy access to something you want or need. And in the case of a flood or other disaster, this will quickly allow you to identify those items that will mostly likely be effected.

Take as many precautions as possible with your cherishables. You can place tarps or plastics covers over boxes and items in the attic. Especially, if you have an annoying leaky roof. This will help prevent water damage.

Anything that is stored in a basement or garage can be placed on pallets to keep them a few inches off the floor. We recommend raising appliances such at washing machines and freezers off the ground as well.

These precautions may not be enough to prevent all damage, but they might buy you some time to move items and will definitely limit the cleanup. Don’t wait until disaster strikes.

Call R & R Container to order your roll-off container today at 770-975-9554 to put yourself in a better position to deal with Mother Nature and the unexpected disaster.

First Time Renting a Roll Off Container?

First time renting a roll off container? There’s a few things you should probably know before you get one!

R and R ContainerHere are some tips for your first time renting a dumpster!

1. Don’t over fill the roll off container!

Most of the containers have tarps that go over them, but you should never fill it up over the limit, or with too much heavy material. Not only is it very illegal to do so, it’s also dangerous for other drivers. Please keep this in mind! You may be asked to empty out a lot of the dumpster if it’s filled too much.

2. Roll off containers have a door on the back of them.

There’s only one direction trucks can load the roll off container, and that’s with the door facing the truck. When finding a place to put your dumpster, remember you need about an 8 foot clearance for the door to swing open because once the containers is placed it’s going to be very difficult to move!

3. Close the door back up.

If you end up opening the door of the container, make sure you close it and latch is tightly! Waste that falls out during transportation can cause accidents and a be a huge liability. Keep the roads safe and clean from litter.

4. Load flatter, heavier items on top instead of small loose things.

Avoid putting loose debris on the top of your container, while tarps are put over them, smaller objects could potentially blow out. Instead, put bigger, flat items like doors, concrete slabs and other things to hold it all down on the top. Try to refrain from putting sharp objects at the top, as this might rip the tarp.

5. Call for a pick up.

Although there is a rental time, most companies do not normally come and pick it up until they are notified. Some people need the dumpster for less time and others for more time. When you are done give the rental company a call so that they know to come pick up their roll off container!

There you go! Some frequently asked questions and issues that we see. We hope it was helpful. Per usual, give us a call or visit our website and we can walk you through any roll off container rental questions you may have! Have a great and clean day.

Roll Off Containers – Size Matters

How to choose the correct size roll off container because size matters

roll off container demensionsThere will be thousands of reasons why you might want to rent a roll off container, but if you’re not a company you probably don’t do this often. A lot of the times, people take roll off containers for granted and don’t understand where all the trash goes. If you’ve found that you have a special project; home renovation, yard clean up, moving, etc. You’re probably going to need a roll off container.

So how do you know what size Roll off container is right?

Learn the sizes

Roll-off containers come in many different sizes, dumpsters are measured by how much they hold in cubic yards. You’re average roll off container dimensions are 14 feet wide, 8 feet long and 3 to 5 feet tall. When all possible, try to measure your waste and get an understanding of how big a roll off container you need, this could save you a lot of money.

You also need to check where to place your roll off container, make sure the area is large enough for a truck to place it down.

Get Opinions

Another alternative is to ask the professionals. If this a big construction project and you have hired a contractor check with them. A good contractor can give you a close estimate of the size of container you will need since they do this sort of clean up all the time.

If you have teenagers make this the challenge of the day by seeing who can come closest to figuring out the correct estimate. Of course, this would probably warrant a special pizza night.

You can also ask the company you’re renting the roll off container from. They may even have a special way to calculate waste from different renovation projects, or clean ups. We’re sure they have seen it all.
Keep in mind that trucks can’t pick up an overloaded container if it’s filled with heavy waste. So make sure you have the right size!

And always make sure to tell the company what you’re putting in the dumpster, not only will it help them determine what size to get, but some household items and construction things are hazardous. So always check if you’re allowed to throw it away!

Call R & R Container Service for more information. We are proud to offer services in Cobb and Paulding County, as well as Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth, Woodstock and Bartow, GA. We provide services within a 20-25 mile radius of Acworth, GA where we are based.

Old Tires

Old tires – what to do with the old ones.

old tire made into a very pretty tire swingCome on, admit it… It feels absolutely amazing when you successfully dispose of unwanted stuff around your house. Sometimes though, getting rid of things can be quite tricky, like tires.

Whenever you need to get somewhere, your tire buddies will get you there. One day they’ll wear out and leave you asking, “What do I do with these?”

Before you decide to throw them out, here are several things you should know about tire disposal.

Keep them separate from your roll off container.

Tires, very much like other household items, require special care when being thrown out. While you can simply throw them in your dumpster and be done with them, they can’t be recycled that way.

If you have a roll off container, you should call ahead of time and tell the company you need to dispose of tires and they’ll guide you through the steps of what you should do.

Where can you throw away old tires?

Over half of the states have laws about leaving tires in landfills. They don’t break down very easily at all, take up a large amount of space and the compost can cause ecological problems. They also can produce methane gas, which damage landfill liners, causing landfill waste to seep into the ground and pollute nearby water sources.

If you’ve decide to do something else with your tires, here are some ideas.

A lot of car services will take your old tires if you buy new ones from them. Be sure to check your local recycling facility to see if they take tires. Certain cities even have prearranged days where residents can drop off their old tires for free. Contact your solid waste management agency for more information.

Fun ways to use old tires.

If you’ve become emotionally attached to your tires, you don’t have to throw them away, there’s plenty of really cool things you can do with them!

Beside the typical tire swing, you can make a cool garden with them. Make sure to clean off the tires with soapy water, then place them in the ground with soil and plants. Make sure you stick with non-edible plants though, they can absorb chemicals from the tires and you wouldn’t want to eat that!

You could cut the tires up and make a garden border, if you’re feeling crafty, you could make tables, furniture and a whole bunch of really need stuff! You just need a little imagination and the internet!

Take a moment before you get rid of old tires!

If you’re not sure exactly what to do with them still, do a little research, ask your neighbors and friends, call your city and then touch base with R and R Container Services in Marietta, GA. for all your Roll Off Container needs. After all, we should all be responsible with our tires.

Roll Off Containers for Shingles Renovation

The right Roll Off Containers for shingles renovation because once you’ve finally installed that last shingle, there is still much to be done.

cont-dimensionsYou have to get rid of all the old shingles left behind!

Let’s go over the cost of renting a roll off container, how to estimate the weight of scrap roofing shingles, how to save money on roll container for singles renovation and more.

Your Shingles Matter!

You may not know, but there is a lot of different shingles! Not just in appearance, but also weight. The two main types of roofing shingles available are 3-tab asphalt shingles and architectural-style shingles. You most likely have one or the other.

3-tab shingles are your normal shingles found with a budgeted home owner. It’s also a relatively lightweight shingle, so it’s easier to stay under the container rental company’s weight limit compared to premium-style shingles.

Architectural shingles are a newer type of roofing shingle that gives a more “premium” look to a roof. If this is the type of shingle you’re disposing of, be aware that these shingles weigh considerable more than basic 3-tab shingles. Be careful not to go over weight! You can rack up costs very fast if you go over the weight limit.

Roofing “square” vs. square footage.

When you’re in the roofing business, there is something we like to call, “the square”. One square is equal to 100 square feet. For example, a 2,000 square foot roof is equal to 20 square.

If you know how many squares of shingles you have, and the right kind. It will be easy to talk to your container service people and figure out which container will fit your needs.

How big should I get my container?

Something to keep in mind, is that some roofs have lots of layers of shingles, so it might be more than you expect!

So, if you have a 20 square roof with two layers, that’s the same as 40 squares of shingles.Make sure you check before you order your container.It’s also a great ice breaker at parties to know how many layers you have on your roof.

3-tab shingles weigh about 250 lbs. per square.

10 sqs of roofing shingles = 1.25 total tons of weight: Go with a 6-to-10 yard container.
20 sqs of roofing shingles = 2.5 total tons of weight: Go with an 8-to-10 yard container.
30 sqs of roofing shingles = 3.75 total tons of weight: Go with a 12-to-15 yard container.
40 sqs of roofing shingles = 5 total tons of weight: Go with a 16-to-20 yard container.
50 square of roofing shingles = 6.25 total tons of weight: Go with at least a 20 yard container.
60 square of roofing shingles = 7.5 total tons of weight: Go with a 30 yard container or larger.

These roll off container sizes are only on capacity. Not on weight limit, make sure to ask your rental company about their weight limit. All companies are different.

For example, a container rental company may rent a 20-yard container for $350 with an included 4-ton weight allowance, while a competing company rents the same size container for $250 but only includes so much weight.

Always ask your Roll Off Service s about their own weight limits. Be careful though, some might be offended. Make sure they know it’s about the containers.

Architectural shingles weigh about 400 lbs. per square.

Architectural-style roofing shingles are on average about 40% heavier compared to 3-tab shingles, so you’ll need a slightly larger container to accommodate the extra bulk.

10 sqs of roofing shingles = 2 total tons of weight: Go with a 10 yard container.
20 sqs of roofing shingles = 4 total tons of weight: Go with a 10-to-12 yard container.
30 sqs of roofing shingles = 6 total tons of weight: Go with a 15-to-20 yard container.
40 sqs of roofing shingles = 8 total tons of weight: Go with a 20-to-30 yard container.
50 sqs of roofing shingles = 10 total tons of weight: Go with a 30-to-40 yard container.
60 sqs of roofing shingles = 12 total tons of weight: Go with a 40+ yard container.

Please visit R and R Container Services for more information on container size and rentals.

Roll Off Dumpsters

Roll off dumpsters – make sure there is no third party trash

R & R Roll off dumpsterDumpster brokers are most of the time, the middleman of the dumpster business. They’re not as evil as you might first believe, but it’s best for you and your wallet to stay clear of them. Brokers normally pretend to be one of your local dumpster services, when actually, they don’t own any roll off dumpsters. They’re probably not even from your state!

After you’ve contacted a broker, they’ll call up a local company and tell them everything you’ve said to the broker. What’s the problem with this? First off, you’ll pay more. Brokers add on extra charges so they can take a cut of the profit before paying the local company. Secondly, you’re not in direct contact with the actual delivery company. This can often result in poor service or confusion.

Dealing direct is far better than dealing with a broker.You can save much more money by going straight to your local container service and cutting out the middleman.

Dumpster brokers are very difficult to spot for the untrained eye, they’ll never tell you they’re a broker. Stick to a local container/roll off dumpster service.

Tips for finding a reputable and local dumpster service.

Be careful of those pesky 800 numbers! Most local dumpster people will have a local number instead of an 800. This isn’t always the case, but it’s something to consider.

If you’re going to book online for one, try to figure out who exactly you’re sending your information to. In other words, don’t enter all of your needs into an online form (e.g., personal info, type of debris, dumpster size requirement, etc.) unless you know where this information is going. A broker can use this information and will find a service for you, normally a cheap service, you also have no say in what company he chooses. You could easily get stuck with an expensive bill and/or a company with horrible customer service.

A reputable, local dumpster rental company will be licensed, insured and upfront about its pricing structure. Avoid dumpster websites that have vague, outdated information. You can always do a license check on a company by visiting your local government website, or check out its standing at the Better Business Bureau.

Since 1999, R & R Container Service has provided our residential, commercial, and industrial customers with superior, professional, and friendly roll off containers and waste management services with no middle-man.