Just about every homeowner or tenant finds themselves faced with the task of junk removal and appliance removal now and again.
Often it is simply boxes of stuff that needs to be gotten rid of or perhaps some large toys that the kids no longer play with. Many times, the junk that must be removed can easily be picked up and loaded in the trunk of the family car or, in some instances, the back of the pickup truck.
But then there are the instances where the “junk” is an old washing machine, dishwasher, or even a used refrigerator.
And we all know that appliance removal can be particularly difficult.
When Your Old Appliance Has to Go – Five Tips for Safe Appliance Removal
One of the first things almost everyone realizes when they tackle a household appliance removal chore is how hard it is to move it.
Not only are most large household appliance bulky and difficult to maneuver, but they can weigh far more than the person trying to move them! A typical washing machine, for example, can weigh up to
230 pounds. As Home Depot points out, a medium-capacity top-loading washing machine weighs around 150 pounds while a medium front-loading washer weight can weigh as much as 180 pounds.
But that’s a lightweight machine compared to that massive top-and-bottom refrigerator/freezer unit you bought ten years ago that weighs in at about 420 pounds! And, taking up as much as 60 cubic feet, those monster appliances are not only difficult to move, but also difficult to transport.
Perhaps the first and foremost tip we can offer for safe appliance removal is that it is not a “do-it-ALL-BY-yourself” task.
So, once you’ve recruited a capable and willing appliance removal partner, these five tips can help ensure that your appliance removal will go safely:
- Wrap your appliance in three or four moving blankets so that it’s completely covered. Keep them in place with a rope or packing tape.
- Carefully lift your machine onto an appliance dolly. Secure it to the dolly with the built-in straps. Keep the machine upright as you wheel it through and out of the house.
- Clear an obstacle-free path from the location of your appliance to the vehicle it will be loaded into.
- Always use a ramp to load the washer into the truck or van. Be sure to have enough people holding the washing machine in place as it’s rolled up the ramp.
- Once loaded, tie it down with straps or ropes so it doesn’t shift during transit. When you arrive at your destination, reverse the process to unload the appliance.
The Best Option for Appliance Removal and Disposal
While removing and transporting your own appliances is possible, you must have the proper tools, help, and vehicle to make it happen.
But getting that old appliance out of your house and into the back of a truck, moving van, or onto a trailer is just half the job. You still must transport it somewhere and dispose of it somehow. And, while there are certainly a large number of landfills in the state of Virginia, that’s the last place your appliance should end up.
However, unless your old appliance is still usable and can be sold or donated, it still has to be disposed of.
The good news is that almost all large household appliances are made primarily of steel. In fact, on average 75 percent of the weight of a typical household appliance comes from steel. And steel, as it turns out, is 100 percent recyclable just about 100 percent of the time.
And, when it comes to appliances, we’re doing a fairly good job as a nation at recycling them.
According to the 2021 recycling rate report from the American Iron and Steel Institute and Steel Manufacturers Association, appliances were recycled at a rate of 78 percent. This simply means that of the hundreds of thousands of appliances disposed of in the years just prior to 2021, less than 25 percent of them ended up in landfills or junk yards.
The Best Alternative to DIY Appliance Removal
So, despite all the good news about recycling that old clothes dryer or dishwasher, the more immediate problem for many Fairfax area residents is how to get reliable and affordable appliance removal service?
That’s because not everyone has the resources, tools, nor vehicles to successfully remove, load, and transport an old refrigerator or washing machine. And many homeowners and renters would rather not to it themselves anyway. And a few of us simply can’t.
Which is why Junk King Fairfax specializes in residential appliance removal.
Not only do we have the trucks, the tools, the manpower, and the experience for quick and safe appliance removal, but we also have the best pricing in our region. Junk King never charges our customers by the weight of their load, nor do we resort to inequitable “flat fees” for junk removal.
Instead, we only charge by the amount of space your appliances and other junk takes up in our truck. This you never pay more for heavy items, nor do you get charged the same whether you fill up half the truck or just one corner.
And we never surprise you with hidden fees or added charges. Best of all, we do all the heavy lifting!
Oh, and did we mention that we’re the region’s premier, green, and only recycling-based junk removal company? That’s right! You can be absolutely confident that we will reuse or recycle as much of everything we pick up from you, each time, every time.
Our commitment to preserving the environment means we can be your eco-friendly junk removal partner.
Appliance Removal with Junk King Fairfax Means Appliance Recycling
When you decide that the “safest” and easiest approach to appliance removal is to call Junk King Fairfax, we’ll be ready.
And you can also know that all of your old appliances – large and small – are highly recyclable. Which means they won’t end up in a landfill somewhere in the state!
In fact, as the website at Earth911 points out,
“The general rule is that a valuable appliance will contain mostly metal and no hazardous material. Today’s dishwashers are largely made up of plastic, reducing their recycling market. Refrigerators and air conditioners require the removal of Freon, which involves a special permit. Washers and dryers are among the most valuable appliances because of their weight and mostly metal construction, but this also means they are among the toughest to transport for recycling.”
And that’s why Junk King Fairfax specializes in residential (and commercial) appliance removal! The task of transporting them for recycling is no problem for the pros at Junk King!
So, if you have old appliances sitting around your house that are broken down and are being replaced with new versions, we’ve got you covered when it comes to appliance removal.
Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly appliance removal service, so you don’t need to worry about the pick-up or disposal of those old items.
Not only that, but we make sure that your old appliances end up in the right place. That could be a non-profit organization for those appliances that are still functioning or a recycling facility to ensure your appliance is disposed of in an eco-friendly way.
Our professional and insured appliance removal team will show up at your home (or your workplace!) and we’ll call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive on site.
Once we’re there, we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your appliances and other junk takes up in our truck. You simply point and we’ll load them into our junk removal truck – and with no hidden fees!
So, are you ready to remove those old appliances? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.