A dumpster full of debris and trash can become instantly heavier with just a single rain or snow fall. This is especially true if you are doing a home renovation project and filling your dumpster with items like old carpeting, dry wall, plaster and old furniture. They all absorb water quickly and can take a considerable amount of time to dry back out. If you only plan on having your dumpster a few days, you won’t be happy with the final dumpster weight. Every dumpster rental has a weight limit as part of the contract. If you go over the weight limit you could be charged extra. No one wants to pay to dispose of water.
The solution to this problem is very simple. All you need to do is buy a tarp before your dumpster is delivered. The size of the tarp that you will need is going to depend on the size of the dumpster that you rented. You can find dumpster dimensions on the website of the dumpster company you are renting from. The tarp needs to be big enough to not only cover the top of the dumpster, but also to hang down the sides enough to secure it. Bungee cords are an easy way to secure the tarp and ensure that rain or snow do not weigh it down and make it collapse in.
You may be thinking, what if it rains on my pick up day. Of course you don’t want your items to get wet and heavy on their drive to the dump. Many dumpster companies will put their own tarp over the dumpster when it gets picked up. This is even the case when it isn’t raining. The tarp helps to keep the debris in the dumpster during transport.
If you are throwing items away that do not easily absorb water, then you do not need to worry about putting a tarp on top during rain or snow. The water will not stay trapped in the bottom of the dumpster in most cases. It should drain out before your dumpster gets picked up.
A tarp is a useful tool to have on hand for a number of different reasons, so before you start your project just pick one up. Then you will have it around just in case you need it. As with all the parts of project preparation, it is better to be safe then sorry.