Controlling Odors in Your Dumpster

You imagine the complaints rolling in as Big Daddy Dumpsters delivers your dumpster to your construction or work site at the requested time.

“Your dumpster smells terrible!”

“Property values are plummeting and my house is on the market!”

“Eww, get that thing out of here!”

Don’t dumpsters smell? You wonder to yourself. Will my neighbors be annoyed?

Eliminate a smelly dumpster from your list of complaints today.

Here are some things you need to understand about dumpsters, and how to make sure that yours is a respected part of the construction project instead of a terrible distraction and annoyance to the crew and the neighborhood.

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Watch what you put in it

You know the old adage, “You are what you eat?” Well, in some sense, the same is true for your dumpster.

Your construction dumpster should be used primarily for the specific purpose you had in mind. Most likely this is destruction, demolition, or cleanout. And most of the time, though your cleanout might involve some old moldy or soiled items, it should smell … well, not at all. It should be neutral, or a little dusty.

So the first rule of responsible dumpster management is to put in only those things that are supposed to be put in.

So if your project is typical, you will not have to worry at all about odors.

If you’re putting food or rotting material inside, read on.

Change what you put in your dumpster

A common cause for smelly dumpsters, just like trash cans, is food that has not been properly secured. Sometimes on a work site, a crew can get in the habit of throwing food waste into a dumpster. Discourage this practice.

Instead, offer your team a place to put food waste in a separate bag. Then, properly seal the bag. This can then be added to the dumpster.

Food should not be laying out in the sun and exposed to flies or other pests, because it is an invitation they will not refuse!

Cover the smell of what you put in your dumpster

If it’s too late, and your dumpster reeks because the contents are rotting, it is time to do some olfactory emergency triage.

Add copious amounts of kitty litter or baking soda to the offensive area of your dumpster. Or, if you can’t tell where exactly it is coming from, you can spray the dumpster with a water-based disinfectant. Be careful to use the right amount – enough to reach hard-to-get smells, but not so much that you are leaking irritants and chemicals into the ground and storm drains.

It’s Time to Clean: Is Your Family Member a Hoarder?

It is likely by now that you have seen the popular show “Hoarders” on the A&E network. Nominated for an Emmy, and winner of a Critics Choice award, each episode focuses on one house where items have been piled dangerously high.

 

Or, more accurately, each episode focuses on one person. A person whose emotional baggage has prompted them to acquire a great deal of physical baggage.

 

Not surprisingly, the name “hoarder” has been used more broadly to describe people caretaking over all sorts of messes we might find in back rooms of old buildings, or in our aunt and uncle’s garage. We almost always mean it as a gentle joke.

 

But how can we tell when someone has crossed over the line from collector to hoarder?

 

Collector? Or hoarder?

 

The Hoarders website reminds us that “hoarding is a serious pathological condition.” That is, there is more to the hoarding than merely collecting a lot of stuff. But that is the primary symptom and it is visible to those who are closest to the person.

 

Here are some signs that point in the direction of hoarding. Remember, though, that observing the characteristics is very different from a diagnosis. Psychology Today reports that hoarding is often “affected by co-morbid factors such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADD, ADHD, anxiety, and depression.” It is also likely that these issues were made worse by the isolation that came with the COVID quarantine.

 

You simply can’t diagnose a psychological disorder with a simple visual scan.

 

 

Signs to worry about

So what are the signs that, when you see them, should cause you to worry?

 

Collections gone wild

One sign of hoarding is when a person claims they are collecting something, but the collection is unrecognizable. The collected items are not visible beneath the piles of other items, and can’t be found easily or at all.

 

Safety concerns

In a house where hoarding is happening, there are obvious safety concerns. Piled items are at risk of falling on occupants, and key rooms like the kitchen or bathroom are unusable.

 

Health concerns

Is a serious hoard, there are concerns about pests or mold that is untreatable or unreachable. The risk is not imminent (like with something falling) but is nonetheless serious because mold and pests carry or can cause illness that will harm the occupant.

 

If you see two or more of these signs, you should seek help to approach your friend or relative.

Perfect Your Summer Cleanout With a Big Daddy Dumpster

Whether it is a basement, a garage, the storage room at church, or an entire apartment, your summer cleanout will be epic.

 

Pizzas, pop, chips, and a gross of trash bags means you;re off to a good start.

 

You;ve invited your friends, family, or members of the church and marked your calendars weeks in advance.

 

Don’t forget the best part: renting a Big Daddy Dumpster for the cleanup.

 

Renting a dumpster was never easier

For folks in southwestern Ohio looking to haul away a load of trash efficiently and cheaply, Big Daddy Dumpster is the solution.

 

Delivered to your location, and hauled away at the agreed-upon time, there is simply no easier way to handle a big mess.

 

Don’t waste your time hauling bags of trash to the curb, then asking your guests to try and pile them higher and higher. You can’t balance them perfectly to keep them out of the street or the sidewalk right of way.

 

You need a dumpster that is one phone call away.

 

A Big Daddy Dumpster.

 

 

Dumpsters hold what Rumpke won’t take

 

Sure, the best thing about renting a Big Daddy Dumpster is the low price. And the convenience is great.

 

But getting to stack a wide range of trash inside, including damaged furniture and other items that curbside pickup won’t take in most communities, means all your trash can essentially go in one place.

 

Of course, there are always restrictions on items that might be considered hazardous waste, but the restrictions are few, and the possibilities are many.

 

Clothing, broken items including most electronics, non-recyclable metals, many engine parts, boards rotted from weather and water or simply age … all of these can go inside your rented dumpster.

 

And then they will be hauled away by our experts, and voila! Your cleanup is done.

 

So let your imagination run wild this summer. What can you clean? What’s the big task at work or at church or in your community that always seemed too much to tackle?

 

Who owns that lot you;ve been hoping would get cleaned up down the street? With a little cooperation, you could create a win-win event that brings the neighborhood together and leaves the place cleaner and more welcoming than ever.

 

What are you waiting for? Call Big Daddy Dumpsters today.

This Spring, Host a Neighborhood Clean-up

The snow has melted, the leaves are budding, and everyone in the neighborhood has fired up their lawnmowers and leaf blowers for another season of outdoor activity. You even see some new hardware on the block – Stan seems to have gotten a new push mower, and Michael’s apparently switched over to all electric tools.

Further up the street, Mrs. Cooper has plans to take out her trellis.

As you look at the clutter in your own garage, you realize that you might need a dumpster in order to get rid of all the crap you’ve accumulated over the years. The door you took out in the remodel? There’s no place for it in the house now, it is an orphan. That last 8 feet of quarter round? It’s now warped from being under the chicken wire. And the chicken wire? Bent and a little rusted from years of anticipation but no real duties.

Then a brilliant idea forms.

You could host a Neighborhood clean-up day

You’ve noticed that other people are in the same situation you are in. Their basements and garages are cluttered. (Well, not Trevor. Trevor’s is spotless, like everything else. But that’s how he deals with his own issues.) And they have projects they would like to do, but they just need a friendly shove in the right direction.

What if you announced a date, and got a few neighbors to go in on a dumpster for the neighborhood?

Suddenly you and your neighbors are sharing the cost of waste disposal, and providing a big push towards getting your neighborhood spruced up all at the same time.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Choose a date a month from now and circulate it through word of mouth or with a door flier
  • Ask people to let you know the things they hope to be able to throw away
  • Work with local re-use agencies like St. Vincent DePaul to set up a way to donate items that can still be used
  • Work with a Big Daddy Dumpster representative to determine the right size dumpster for whatever remains
  • Ask people to provide a contribution toward the dumpster.

When dividing the cost, don’t worry about precision and fair cost – you’ll never get the math to work out perfectly, and why would you want to? Instead, just ask people for what they think is fair. What you will find in the end is that you likely recover the full cost, and you have enough to buy food for a Saturday Evening cookout.

Spring Is Here! Organize a Life-Changing Garage Clean-out Day for Your Neighborhood

We have all been there. We have accumulated junk in our garage and basement for a couple of years, and we find ourselves at the awkward spot between too much to throw in the trash, but not enough to justify renting a dumpster.

 

Last year the solution was easy: you closed the door on the garage and ignored it for another year. Good for you – you found some time! But you did not solve the problem.

 

Well this year what if you try a different strategy?

 

This year, go together with your neighbors to organize a neighborhood clean-out day, and utilize the Big Daddy Dumpster three-day rental option. This will create a targeted, specific window of time for getting the work done, making it easier and more fun.

 

 

Garage clean-out challenges

There are lots of challenges involved in cleaning out your garage.

 

First, some of the things in your garage don’t belong in a dumpster. For instance, you should not put flammable liquids or biohazards in the dumpster, and you likely have a few gallons or more of these items in the back corner, over there beneath the shovels.

 

Second, some of the things you need to throw away are too heavy or too bulky to include in your regular trash. You can’t put that old lawnmower frame in the trash can. You need a little more space.

 

Third, some of the things you need to lift or move are pretty heavy.  that old door you removed in the basement remodel? You can probably move it yourself, but do you want to risk your back again?

 

These and other similar problems are solved by having a neighborhood garage clean out day.

 

 

A neighborhood garage clean-out day solves these problems

First, the problem of hazardous items.

 

It feels a little wasteful to carry one or two gallons of expired paint thinner and paint to the appropriate county drop-off location. But if you join together with your neighbors, suddenly you find that you have a small truckload. Now one person, or maybe two of you, are taking the trip for the whole neighborhood. Now you are building friendships, helping others out, and really building the spirit of community.

 

Second, bulky items. When you go together with your neighbors to split the expense of a dumpster, you help everyone dispose of all their bulky items at once.

 

Third, heavy items. Good news, everyone is working outside this weekend. And you neighbors who just lifted one heavy thing and threw it in the dumpster will be glad to help you with throwing something else in. That’s just the energy of a good, productive day.

 

Transform your community this summer with a three-day rental from Big Daddy Dumpsters for a neighborhood garage clean-out day!

 

Construction Dumpster Rental

When you are about to break ground on a major construction project, with or without accompanying demolition, you have big problems to solve.

 

One of those problems is hauling away and disposing of debris, refuse, and all the other kinds of waste generated by the construction project.

 

In an ideal world, you would be able to make one call and get that problem solved for the duration of your project, even if it extends over weeks or months. The good news is, there is a solution like that.

 

One call to Big Daddy Dumpsters will allow you to handle your entire debris management problem at once.

 

Construction dumpster rental questions

As you are drawing out the specifications of your next construction job, you will have important questions about the size of waste containers available for your project, and the frequency with which they are hauled away and replaced.

 

We have answers for all your questions – too many to address in one short blog article.

 

Why not give us a call if you don’t find the answers here? One of our representatives will answer the most common questions. And if you have a stumper, we will get you in touch directly with one of our waste management technicians who can answer specific questions.

 

Perhaps you need to know how much leeway to allow for dumpster drop off and take-away. Or to get an estimate on the amount of refuse and debris the 20 cubic yard dumpster can hold? These are questions we can have answered by experienced professionals who have done this professionally for years.

 

Don’t leave your next major project up to chance. Work with a trusted southern Ohio dumpster rental company. Work with Big Daddy Dumpsters.

Construction dumpster rental solutions

You may be entering the construction with an idea of the amount of debris you’ll create each week, or you may not. You likely have a budget line for solving this problem throughout the construction time frame.

 

Working with a qualified and experienced local waste management company will allow you the convenience and flexibility you need to hit your deadlines and your budget.

 

First, you will need some flexibility in the number and size of the dumpsters available. Big Daddy Dumpsters offer three sizes of dumpsters to meet your situation perfectly. The 10 cubic yard, 15 cubic yard, and 20 cubic yard options give you the flexibility and capacity to address the biggest construction needs, while right-sizing to address slow weeks and the needs of your construction site footprint.

Spring Cleaning Time is Here! Take Care of Your Pets!

With the sun shining, days getting longer, and the snow finally melting under warmer weather, we can’t deny it any longer. Spring cleaning time is here.

You’ve been reading all the latest blog posts:

  • Spring Cleaning Tips: A blog to get you excited about spring cleaning. From organizing your garage to throwing things away, we got you covered.
  • Spring Cleaning Tips for the Lunatic: A blog filled with various spring cleaning tips and tricks.
  • Spring Cleaning Infographic: A blog around spring cleaning tips and tricks, how to declutter your house along with an infographic.
  • 10 Ways To Throw An Awesome Spring Cleaning Party: A blog about throwing a spring cleaning party.
  • Dumpster Rental Tips: A blog about renting dumpsters for spring cleaning.

Of course, our favorite is throwing a spring cleaning party! Who wouldn’t want to come over for that formal, jacket and tie affair! Ok, maybe not. However, here are some tips for keeping everyone you love safe and healthy during the spring cleaning bonanza.

Think about your pets before you spring clean

We don’t want you to forget these health and safety issues before you start cleaning. Because spring cleaning often means working with hazardous cleaning chemicals including ammonia and bleach, and it often means adding a fresh coat of paint, you’ll want to take special precautions to keep your beloved four legged companions safe.

Dogs

Dogs have especially sensitive snouts. Exposure to strong smells like bleach and ammonia can be irritating to them and can cause problems for days later. If at all possible, you should keep your dog outside and away from the work until the smell is essentially gone from the space. Then let your dog re-enter at his own speed, when he feels up to it. Some dogs might happily barge right back into a cleaned up space. Others might tentatively reenter a space and leave it multiple times, searching for remembered smells, and wondering why the place just is not the same as it was before.

Either way, it is important that you not force your dog back into a small space with a strong chemical odor. It may irritate or even harm your best friend.

Cats

Sure, it seems like your cat knows just how and when to get lost, and spring cleaning time seems like a time they’ll spend in the closet upstairs.You know your feline friend the best of all, but you might consider these concerns during spring cleaning.

Cleaning often means one or more people coming in and out of the house multiple times. If you’re laughing and talking or carrying things, your indoor cat might find this a great time to make a break for the outdoors.

Consider a cage or intentionally locking the cat in a comfortable room while the heavy work is going on. A little uncomfortable meowing is better than searching all evening for a lost companion. Or, worse yet, the guilt associated with stepping on a pet and potentially dropping a piece of heavy furniture or equipment.

Birds

You know the term “canary in a coalmine” but have you ever considered its origins? Miners used canaries to indicate when oxygen levels got too low for people. The canaries, ever more sensitive than us, died first.

Don’t let that happen to your birds during spring cleaning. If possible, remove them to a draftless spot in a trusted neighbor’s house, or in a room as far from the cleaning as possible. You don’t want to find out the hard way that the chemicals you were using were too harsh for your beloved and beautiful pets.

Caged and tanked pets

Again, our caged and tanked pets, being much smaller than us, are also more sensitive to changes in temperature and breathing in harsh chemicals.

Consider removing them to another location or, if that is not possible, cover the cage or tank and open the windows to make sure there is abundant air circulation.

With a little planning you can keep everyone safe during spring cleaning.

Need a dumpster for a major project? Consider renting from Big Daddy Dumpsters!

For Home or Business Waste Removal

Big Daddy Dumpsters is your local dumpster rental friend when it comes to anything you need to know about dumpsters or dumpster rentals. We dispose of any kind of junk for residential, commercial, and industrial clients.

Are you working on a remodeling project around the house, or is your business clearing out a newly purchased building? Call us! If you need any type of junk, trash, or debris removed from your home or business, the work is as simple as just giving Big Daddy Dumpsters a call. We are experienced with all types of waste and know how to get rid of trash without hassle.

Dumpsters for home projects

 

Home clients, don’t be intimidated by the idea of renting a dumpster for your next project. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen, bathroom, or dining room, or cleaning out an entire house, Big Daddy Dumpsters is here to help. Our friendly and experienced team will make sure you get the dumpster you need, when you need it.

Our website and blog have lots of ideas for the sorts of projects you might be doing around the house. What areas of your living space are getting on your nerves and need to be redone? Do them now.

And if you are worried about throwing everything in the trash, we have lots of great ideas for how you might reuse or recycle some of your material, no matter which room you are cleaning out this season.

Dumpsters of industrial or commercial clients

Business clients, Big Daddy Dumpster is the go-to source for managing your businesses waste. We offer a diverse set of waste management services and can take care of your major business needs in one simple, short phone call.  Choose between construction and demolition dumpsters, portable dumpsters, and roll off containers with no deposit or long term rental plans available.

Big Daddy Dumpster Is your full-service, on-time, professional and friendly residential and commercial trash and dumpster rental company. Browse our website today to learn more about what services we can offer you.

Big Daddy Dumpsters is a small family-oriented business that specializes in the rental of dumpsters. For over a decade, Big Daddy Dumpster has provided affordable dumpster rental services and dumpster delivery throughout southwest Ohio. There is no project that we haven’t seen, and nothing too big or too small for one of our Big Daddy Dumpster products.

 

 

 

 

 

A Big Spring Cleanout to Transform Your Life

The change of seasons from winter to spring can bring a huge boost to your mood. Extra sunlight, a little more heat, and days spent outside instead of trapped on the couch … it can feel transformative.

It is this transformative nature of spring that also prompts us to do a big spring cleaning around the house. A big clean out will transform your life when it gets rids of more than a year’s worth of clutter and trash.

A major spring cleaning weekend is an intense and quick way to roll up your sleeves and tackle the months of clutter that have been holding you back this winter.

Plan it out

Before you get going on your project, you will want to have a plan. Ask yourself these important questions:

  • Do I want to tackle the whole house? Or just a single floor? Or will one room be enough?
  • Who will I have available to help me and what will we need – a truck? A dumpster?
  • What cleaning supplies will I need, and do I have them?
    • Bucket
    • Sponges and mop
    • Towels
    • Puddy knife
    • Cleaning liquids
    • Gloves
    • Trash bags
  • How much time will it take to get the results I want?

Budget

You will want to consider your budget for this work. What can your budget afford, and how much better will it make you feel?

$50 – a few friends, supplies you already have, and a couple pizzas and beer at the end of the day.

$150 – for the new homeowner who has a lot to get rid of and few supplies, but who still wants pizza and beer for the crew

$500 – for when the cleaning will merge into something a bit more, like painting or remodeling

>$500 – remodeling with a lot of removal, including dumpster rental, and enough sponges for multiple people to be working on the same thing at once

Inventory

Take inventory of the things to be sold and then sell them using Craigslist, Facebook marketplace, or freecycle depending on what they are and the likely taker.

Remember, everything you sell is something you don’t have to take to the curb or throw in your dumpsters.

Finally, if you can’t sell a decent and working item, you can donate it to St. Vincent DePaul or other local charity. Letting those items have a second life feels good too.

Start

The important thing is to start early and enthusiastically on the appointed day. Nothing gets you moving like already being on the move!

Plan out the process based on the space available. Are you cleaning everything out in one sink? Clean that room last – no sense cleaning it twice!

Want an early win? Start with the easiest room and mark it finished as quickly as possible.

Your Big Daddy Dumpster Rental Experience

When it comes time to move a parent into an assisted living facility, someone must be deputized to handle the house and belongings. Often it is the person who lives the closest. Unfortunately, this person has become the de facto caretaker already, and the pain of loss and transition can make the moving experience emotionally challenging.

 

It is frustrating how little stuff a person gets to move with them into assisted living.

 

Even a cherished bed is going to be left behind for a safer, lower bed in the residences. Often people can keep their familiar dresser or a few small individual furniture pieces.

 

The scale of the work to clean the house out can become overwhelming.

 

There is furniture, clothing, old memories. Some of it you will keep and sort through, of course, but a lot of it needs to be thrown out.

 

The realtor won’t be any help. She will provide a tight timeline, and probably telling you that the only thing that sells slower than an empty house is one with outdated furniture and that “lived in” feel.

 

You might even need to take out carpets too. This could prove to be a huge job.

 

 

The right sized dumpster for the job

 

First, analyze which things might be useful at a thrift store, and how you could get it there. Your local St. Vincent DePaul will likely be helpful, agreeing to come pick up some items for a minimal fee. They might even sent over a couple of workers big enough to do most of the work themselves.

 

But you might still be left with a lot of stuff.

 

This is where renting a dumpster from Big Daddy Dumpsters come in handy.

 

You may have never rented one yourself, but the concept makes sense.

 

Go to their site to get some guidance on what size dumpster you needed.

 

For residential purposes they offer a 10 yard and 15 yard option. The 15 yarder might be large, but you don’t want to run the risk that the slightly smaller (10 yard) version won’t hold it all.

 

You will be amazed at how simple it is. The employee who answers the phone will be very accommodating, and help you work out a time to drop off and pick up the dumpster.

 

Now you have a timeline for your work that makes the realtor, your parent, and your siblings happy.

 

 

A Family Reunion of Sorts

Transitioning a loved one into a smaller, more supportive place is a hard time emotionally. But the whole process doesn’t have to be hard.

 

Spend a day with family sharing memories, tearing up carpets, and putting old furniture and useless items in a dumpster. It’s therapeutic.

 

Big Daddy Dumpsters can make their part easy. One phone call to set it up, and you can concentrate on everything else.

 

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