You can rent a dumpster any time of year, even in the dead of winter. While you can organize a schedule, budget or even account for the bitter cold, you can’t predict severe weather. When a snow storm hits or temps drop dangerously low, there are a few things you should do to prevent your dumpster rental from becoming another disaster.
First and foremost, prepare to cover it. Whether you find a dumpster with a lid or buy simple tarp and some bungee cords, you definitely want to keep it covered so snow doesn’t pile up inside. This can freeze inside your container and weigh it down or take up precious room that you need. The excess weight might even cost you additional fees. If the snow melts, all of that water will contribute to the weight and mess of your dumpster.
When you are not using your dumpster, keep that lid closed!
Another key thing to consider is the latches or fasteners on your dumpster. You want to make sure these don’t freeze so you can access your dumpster easier. Cover them with putty or duct tape and place some plastic, such as a bag or strip, over each one. The point is to keep them warm. An exceptional way to do this is by spraying the latches with WD-40 before temps drop. If you are keeping your dumpster for awhile or it sits outside of your business, you might need to reapply the WD-40 in the middle of winter.
Our Dumpster Tip of the Week is Courtesy of the Burr Ridge Dumpster Rental Service! Thanks, Gang!