The Advantage of Junk Removal When Moving

Everyone knows that moving is an enormous pain and hassle, but few people realize how much smoother it could be with just one tip. Believe it or not, junk removal can make a huge difference in your next move. The key behind this tip comes from one simple reality: the less you have the easier it is to move. By getting rid of the stuff you don’t need, you’ll have less to pack in boxes, fewer boxes and items to move onto the truck, and fewer things to carry into your new home.

Junk removal is just one part of the process of reducing the number of items you have to haul to your new home. Finding out which items you’re willing to get rid of by taking an inventory and categorizing your goods will make junk removal less chaotic. By following the next few steps, you’ll be on your way to a much easier move and a more clutter-free way of life.

Take an Inventory

Man and woman packing boxes in apartmentThe first step to reducing your household items is to take an inventory of your entire home. This can seem like a very daunting task, so it’s a good idea to take small steps. For example, you could inventory one room every week starting a month or two before you move. If you’re like many people in Marin, your garage may be a huge source of belongings you haven’t looked at in years, so take some extra time to inventory storage spaces.

Categorize Your Items

Once you know exactly what items you have in your home, it’s time to divide everything into two main categories: keep and eliminate. The keep items will be everything you want to put on the moving truck and take with you to your next home. The eliminate category includes everything you want to leave behind, but among these items, you have a few choices. Some items you don’t want may be needed by friends or family while others will be worth something in a garage sale.

Sell or Give Away

After putting your items into separate categories, arrange to have your goods sold or given away. A garage sale a week or two before your move is a great way to rid yourself of a lot of unwanted belongings and earn some money. You should also consider taking some items to a local charity so that they can be put to use by a family in need. Anything that is left over after these sales and giveaways can be disposed of properly by Junk King.

Schedule Junk Removal

When you have all the junk you want to get rid of set aside and ready to remove, Junk King is ready to step up to the plate. By hiring us, there’s no need to worry about renting a separate truck for full service junk removal and going to the dump. We’ll make sure items that can be reused gets recycled and hazardous materials don’t end up polluting the environment.

Contact Junk King Marin today to get a quote for your upcoming junk removal. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about our prices and services.

Green Waste Removal in Fall

As many of the trees in Marin prepare for winter, they shed millions of leaves across homes and businesses. For many property owners, this fall foliage can be a real hassle. The normal green waste bin that works most of the year simply isn’t adequate for this level of plant debris. At Junk King, we’re ready to solve your problem. One of our specialties is green waste removal during the fall. Not only can we handle any amount of leaves and other plant debris that falls on your lawn, but we can also make the process quick and painless.

Foliage in Marin

Green Waste Removal Unlike some other parts of California, Marin has no shortage of foliage that’s both dazzling to the eye and cumbersome to landscaping. While winter here isn’t as harsh as other parts of the country, the colors produced by the trees here can be spectacular. The cleanup can also be stunning. Marin has many different native trees that can produce huge amounts of foliage during the fall. They include:

  • Redwoods which can keep their leaves throughout the year, but older leaves will still fall to the ground.
  • Oaks which will change color to red, orange, and yellow when they are the deciduous kind.
  • Fir trees which are evergreen, but any Marin homeowner knows that needles can pile up quickly.
  • Madrones trees which are evergreen but can drop lots of leaves and even skin from their trunks in large amounts.

The amount of dead plant life you’ll have to deal with on your lawn will depend on the kind of trees you have and the kind of fall weather. Particularly windy conditions can blow a lot of leaves that would have normally survived winter onto your lawn, producing even more green waste.

How Green Waste Removal Can Help

Many homeowners don’t think of junk removal when they think of fall, but we can clean up your yard so that you can restore it to pristine condition. Dead leaves that pile up aren’t just an aesthetic nuisance. They can cause serious damage to your grass and other plant life. Leaves block sunlight, prevent evaporation, and enhance fungal growth. We’ll remove this problem quickly so that your lawn can thrive. In addition to leaves, branches and other dead plant life, we can also remove and other types of organic waste that’s piled up on your property, including soil, sod and other landscaping debris.

Why Choose Junk King?

At Junk King Marin, we’re dedicated to making your green waste removal as hassle-free as possible. We have a wide range of solutions, including large and mini dumpsters, to suit your specific needs. Our friendly staff has dealt with all kinds of green waste removal projects. Give us a call or contact us online today to discuss your green waste removal needs. We’re ready to act quickly.

How to Dispose Your Broken Concrete

Between April and February of 2019, motorists reported falling concrete from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the bay crossing that connects Richmond to Marin County. Reports indicated that these concrete chunks were as large as baseballs and footballs. They caused some damage to vehicles, but no injuries were reported. Caltrans and the Bay Area Toll Authority quickly removed the debris from the roadway, and they have begun to fix the problem by replacing more than two dozen aging steel joints.

Broken ConcreteYou’re unlikely to have as big a problem as the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge on your property in Marin, but broken concrete is a common issue for most property owners in the area. When concrete breaks, you want to get rid of it quickly. Not only is broken concrete unpleasant to look at, but it can also be dangerous to those walking around it. Junk King Marin can handle your disposal quickly.

What Causes Broken Concrete?

Concrete on your property can brake for a variety of reasons. Due to Northern California’s seismic activity, earthquakes are most likely one of the primary causes of cracks in your driveway, sidewalks, and other walking paths. Even very small quakes that you can’t feel can cause breakage. While Marin’s climate is relatively mild, extreme weather conditions like freezing and heatwaves can cause the ground underneath the concrete to shift, and this can lead to breaking as well. It’s also possible that you might have caused concrete to break by overloading the slab. Concrete can only carry so much weight before it breaks.

You may also want to break concrete yourself with a jackhammer or other tools in order to make way for other construction. If this is the case, we can provide a large dumpster at your site when work starts, or we can arrange a direct pick up right when you need it.

Fixing Your Concrete

If your broken concrete appeared at a critical structure or important aesthetic location on your property, your top priority may be to get the problem fixed as quickly as possible. There are many different ways to do this. You can try to fix the problem yourself by mixing cement in a large wheelbarrow, or you can hire a professional contractor to handle the job if you don’t have the time or resources.

Easy Broken Concrete Disposal

Before you can start your new concrete project, you need to get rid of the broken debris. At Junk King Marin, we can help you get rid of your broken concrete quickly and with little fuss. We can also pick up on other yard debris or junk on your property that you no longer want. We eliminate the need for you to visit the dump or landfill. Call us or visit our website today to schedule a pickup.

Green Waste Collection: The Best Way to Dispose of Green Waste

The lush greenery of Marin is beautiful to look at throughout the year, but with that beauty comes a lot of plant debris that can clutter up your property. What is the best way to get rid of all this dead plant life? In some places, it’s legal to burn your green waste, but California has very strict laws on this practice. It’s much easier, safer and faster to hire a professional green waste collection company.

At Junk King, we’re committed to collecting your green waste quickly and safely while disrupting your way of life as little as possible. We’re prepared to take care of your debris on a regular basis or after storms or special projects. You can sit back and relax while we do all the hard work.

What Qualifies as Green Waste?

Green Waste DisposalNot everything in your yard will be categorized as green waste, but almost anything natural and organic should be eligible for our green waste collection services. Here are some of the things that qualify:

  • Grass clippings
  • Dead leaves
  • Tree branches
  • Trimmed bushes
  • Flower cuttings
  • Extra soil and sod
  • Old lumber and timber

This type of debris can be difficult to manage because it never stops accumulating throughout the year. Even if you take care of it regularly, you can quickly overflow any green waste bins provided by your Marin trash company. Green waste can be even harder to manage if you recently had a renovation project at your home where the builders didn’t fully clean up after themselves.

Our Eco-Friendly Solutions

Many homeowners treat their green waste like any other type of trash. They throw it in the garbage and it goes to the landfill with everything else. This not only takes up valuable space at the landfill, but it also ignores the opportunity that decomposing plant life can present. Sending this waste may also require transportation if the trash company doesn’t have room to move it themselves. Other homeowners may attempt to use a chipper to break down their green waste, but this process can be expensive and fraught with safety risks.

At Junk King, we can make the most of your green waste. We’re dedicated to the responsible, eco-friendly distribution of your debris. That means some waste will go towards composting to create fertilizer for agriculture while other materials may be reused for building projects. We’ll use our time and resources to distribute your green waste to locations where it can have the most use. We have large trucks that can transport a ton of material.

Free Estimate for Green Waste Collection

If you have green waste on your property ready to move, you can get a free estimate from Junk King Marin right away by contacting us by phone or online. We’ll discuss your green waste collection needs and come up with a fair and affordable price. We’re also prepared to pick up any non-green waste you may have on your property from old appliances and electronics to furniture and ordinary trash. Contact us at Junk King Marin today and say goodbye to green waste and other junk.

All of the Moving Parts of Hot Tub Removal

Removing a hot tub from your backyard can be a daunting task. First you have to deal with the hundreds of gallons of water. Then, you have to navigate all of the electrical hookups and decide how to get your hot tub out.

Hot Tub Removal Hot tub removal can be more of a Herculean challenge if your hot tub is embedded in your deck or backyard. Whether you decide to keep your hot tub intact or saw it to smithereens prior to hauling it away, you’ll have to unplug all of the electrical wiring before you have a go.

Your hot tub likely has three kinds of electrical hookups: one for the gas, one for the electricity, and one for the heater.

Cords and wires will be everywhere. In order to avoid the chance of electrical shock, you’ll have to unplug everything and flip the circuit off at the breaker before performing any major surgery.

Professional Hot Tub Removal

The average hot tub made with mid-grade materials will last about 10 years whereas hot tubs constructed from flimsier materials might only last about 5 years.

High-end hot tubs commanding higher prices can last 20 years or more, but those are definitely hte exception. Sooner or later, you’re going to need to remove your hot tub.

Hiring professionals to remove your hot tub is probably the way to go in light of the complexity of the task ahead.

Aside from disconnecting all of the electrical and sawing away the hot tub, you’ll have to worry about extracting your hot tub from your home and somehow hauling it away if you go it alone.

Hot tubs are designed from very hardy materials like plexiglass and fiberglass. These types of resilent plastics can be a pain in the neck to cleanly saw through.

You’ll have to have the right safety gear, a reciprocating saw, and a ton of patience to get started, which is all the more reason to hire a professional for hot tub removal.

Junk King can help with all kinds of hot tub removal, including but not limited to: unicast hot tub removal, vinyl liner hot tub removal, swim spa hot tub removal, and acrylic hot tub removal.

If you’ve owned one of these types of hot tubs, then you might well be thinking about having it professionally removed because your hot tub has gotten damaged.

In fact, one of the most common reasons that hot tubs need to be professionally removed is an upkeep or repair issue. Failing to winterize a hot tub can cause a lot of problems.

A lot of homeowners will drain their hot tub for winter then find that there’s still water in their pipes and pump housing.

Hot Tubs Weigh a Ton…Almost 

Some hot tubs do approach two thousand pounds, which is a literal ton! Because hot tubs are made from durable and fairly lightweight materials like plexiglass, though, the average hot tub will weigh in at around 900 pounds.

But, guess what? A hot tub can weight three tons (6,000 pounds!) when filled with water.

Sawing asunder a hot tub that’s 80 inches by 80 inches is no easy feat. A tub that size may have over 100 jets and a series of PVC fittings, pipes, and valves that need to be disassembled before proceeding on to cutting away the hot tub.

The thing to also bear in mind is that many of these parts can be reused or recycled once they’re hauled away. Junk King is America’s greenest junk removal service and very experienced when it comes to all kinds of hot tub removal!

Hoarder Help – Here’s How You Deal with a Hoarder

Different from collecting, hoarding involves keeping items that have value to the person but unlike collecting where they are organized, hoarding moves beyond its designated containers and spills over into the person’s space.

Very little is known why people hoard, but most psychologists agree that it starts during puberty though most people will not seek help until they are 50. Some experts also believe it can be a form of obsessive compulsory disorder or related to inherited brain patterns.

Nonetheless, one thing is sure; hoarding is an unhealthy behavior. The question then is, how do you deal with a hoarder? Here are the dos and don’ts.

Hoarder Hoarder Help: Don’ts

  • Don’t remove property without the person’s consent Though it might seem like the person will be better off starting with a clean slate, you will end up causing the person emotional distress as s/he will have lost valuable items. Also, it is not a long-term solution as you have not addressed the underlying issue, and the person might revert to old ways.
  • Don’t get angry or try to reason with the person right away. Anger will only scare the hoarder and s/he will distance herself from you. Reasoning with the person also will get you nowhere as the hoarder has created a sense of normalcy with the situation.
  • Finally, do not enable the behavior.  Yes, taking things away is wrong, but buying them gifts or taking them on shopping trips is equally bad. Though you might want to show love, do so in a way that is not related to consumption.

Hoarder Help: Dos

Now that you know what not to do, here are some things you should do.

  • First, do try and learn more about hoarding. Yes, TV shows do spread awareness about this disorder, but they often paint an incorrect picture. Seek to learn from experts, so you are in a better situation to know what the person is dealing with.
  • Keep everything confidential. Hoarders realize that their habit of holding on to thing is not healthy and thus are cautious. They rarely let people into their spaces, and you should assure them of your confidentiality if you are to earn their trust.
  • Encourage them to seek professional help. Though you cannot force someone to seek help, you can nudge and point them in the right direction. You can also be part of the process and help them find a professional or provide the resources that they need.
  • The final step in the hoarder help process is to find a professional company when the person is ready to let the items go. These can help identify things that are important from those that are not and help organize the house in a way that the hoarder can cope.

Conclusion

Hoarding; the persistent difficulty of discarding things because of a perceived need to save them can result in people becoming reserved. When dealing with one, ensure they are in their element if you are to start an honest discussion about the behavior.

Moreover, you should hire a professional company (such as Junk King if you are in Marin) to get rid of the items. You can be sure that we will leave the place in a way the person can cope. Contact us for more information.

Toxic Waste Disposal: How Marin County’s Zero Waste Policy Works

Did you know that the U.S. produces over 1.5 million tons of household hazardous waste per year? It’s true. The typical residential home easily contains up to 100 pounds in the garage, storage shed, and/or basement. If not properly disposed of, toxic waste can create serious potential risks to people and the environment. Junk King of Marin’s professional, fast, and green removal services can help with all your toxic waste disposal needs in a safe and secure way.

What is Toxic Waste?

Toxic Waste DisposalThere are five kinds of waste covered by Marin County policy: solid, liquid, organic, recyclable, and hazardous or toxic waste.

Toxic waste includes inflammables, corrosives, reactives, and other materials that easily catch fire, explode, erode metal, or poison humans and animals. Common household items that meet the toxic threshold include cleaners, asbestos, batteries, automotive fluids, stains and varnishes, certain paints, pesticides and herbicides, and many other items, including old propane tanks and fire extinguishers.

Each type of toxic waste has its own disposal method under Marin County regulations.

Toxic Waste Disposal Practices

In California, it is illegal to dispose of household hazardous waste by throwing it in the trash, flushing it down the drain, or by abandoning it. Marin County has a Zero Waste program that promotes the safe collection and disposal of household toxic waste so residents are in compliance with California state law. The County provides a “What We Accept” and “Not Accepted” list on its website.

Zero Waste Marin focuses on helping residents and businesses meet the county’s zero waste goal by 2025 with, among other things, safe toxic waste disposal. The program is made up of the city and town managers of the communities that make up the county, as well as the county itself. Residents can visit the program’s website to learn about less toxic alternatives they can use to clean and otherwise care for their homes and businesses.

The County also has bulb and battery take-back programs, paint disposal facilities, motor oil and filter recycling, and more.

Junk King of Marin is Your Toxic Waste Disposal Partner

Junk King of Marin has long been engaged in eco-friendly practices and we encourage our residential and business customers to see recycling, repurposing, and proper toxic waste disposal as an earth-friendly practice that reduces their environmental footprint. We’re committed to protecting the environment and our waste disposal services are designed to serve and benefit our local communities while protecting the planet.

If you’ve let toxic materials accumulate at your home or business because you just don’t have the time to deal with it, why not let our experienced crews help you sort through and figure out which of your household wastes can be recycled, reused, or repurposed, as well as which materials are considered hazardous.

Are you a Marin County resident looking for a socially responsible toxic waste disposal company that offers quality and friendly service? We’re the one to call! We’re North America’s #1 green junk and toxic waste disposal service and our professional crews make speedy work of sorting through and removing every type of waste from your home or business facility.

To learn more about our toxic waste disposal and other junk removal services, give us a call, text us a photo, or book an appointment online today! We look forward to serving you!

Our Garage Cleanout Service Makes Organizing Your Garage a Snap

Did you know there are a lot of benefits to parking your car in the space that was designed for it—the garage? For many of us, the garage becomes anything but a place to keep our vehicles. But even if you need the storage space, there are plenty of reasons to get down to organizing your garage to make way for your car or truck.

  • Next to your house, a car is probably the second most expensive asset you own. Left outside, even in the driveway, it can be damaged by weather, other vehicles, or rambunctious kids.
  • Check your insurance policy. Does your carrier offer a lower rate for keeping the car in the garage? Many do.
  • It’s a no brainer that locking a vehicle up in the garage means less theft and vandalism. Why leave an open invitation to a resourceful car thief or face the hassle of filing an insurance claim or waiting for reports after someone trashes your vehicle?

It also helps to keep the car’s engine in shape by maintaining a consistent temperature for the oil and other fluids.

If there’s simply too much stuff in your garage to park your car there, a garage clean out service is just what you need to jumpstart organizing your garage.

From Car Storage to Junk Room

Organizing Your GarageOrganizing and cleaning out the garage at your Marin County home is more than throwing a bunch of junk in the trash receptacle and then hauling it to the curb for regular pickup. If you’re like most people, there are probably discarded electronics, cleaning products and other chemicals, old paint cans, bits of carpets and floor tiles, and other items that aren’t permitted under Marin County’s Zero Waste Program.

When it comes to figuring out what is garbage and what isn’t, you have two choices: spend the time researching it yourself, or let an experienced garage clean out service like Junk King of Marin handle it for you.

Our friendly, dedicated teams will handle all the sorting, hauling out, loading, and proper disposal, recycling, or repurposing of your junk. And you can rest easy knowing you’ve disposed of unwanted items in the most proper and eco-friendly way. Just sit back and watch all your garage junk disappear!

Organizing Your Garage With the Help of Junk King of Marin

It’s easy to accumulate so many things, and there’s a lot to be said for holding onto some, thinking you’ll use them in the future. But as we all know, that rarely happens, and all that unused stuff takes up more and more space, with the piles growing bigger every year.

By organizing your garage you’ll discover what’s really need and what can go. For the most part, it’s probably time to let the majority of it go and give your garage back to its rightful owners, you and your vehicle! From boxes of clothing, to furniture, old heavy appliances, and other discarded household items, Junk King of Marin removes it all. We offer fast, friendly, high-quality, and affordable garage clean out services. Our efficient crews are fully insured so you and your home are protected. And our low-price guarantee and free upfront estimate make the process a breeze.

Let’s Get Organized!

To learn more about Junk King of Marin’s garage clean out service, contact us today. We also offer basement, crawl space, attic, and hoarder clean out assistance. With our top-rated services, environmentally-friendly disposal practices, and lower prices, you won’t find a more cost-effective way to remove no longer needed household goods and get your garage perfectly organized once and for all!

E Waste Disposal – Our Growing Problem and How We’re Helping to Solve It

How many abandoned electronic devices does your family have laying around? As new gadgets go obsolete on what seems like a daily basis and people don’t give a second thought to buying the latest and greatest technology, the country is facing a big and growing e waste problem. And with it comes an e waste disposal challenge.

E Waste Disposal Nearly a decade ago, the United Nations reported that in some countries, production of e waste would rise by as much as 500% over the next 10 years. Unfortunately, that prediction was accurate, with 20-50,000,000 metric tons of e waste disposed of worldwide every year. The statistics and trends on e waste are startling:

  • The average mobile phone user buys or leases a new cell phone every 18 months.
  • In the US, consumers toss over 100 million mobile devices in the trash every year.
  • According to the EPA, well over 100,000 computers are discarded every day in the U.S. alone. That’s a staggering 40 million+ laptops and desktop computers each year!

Sadly, less than 15% of e waste is disposed of and recycled properly. Junk King of Marin is committed to improving that statistic.

The Problem with Improper e Waste Disposal

Most people know they shouldn’t just throw e waste into the garbage. But many don’t know what items are considered e waste and how they should be handled. Yet when e waste is not recycled properly, it often ends up in landfills either here at home or in developing countries, where it can cause serious harm.

So, what exactly is e waste? The term covers any and all discarded electronics that, when improperly disposed of, can potentially harm the ecosystem. That’s because many electronics contain heavy metals like lead, mercury, lithium, and other hazardous materials that pollute the air we breathe and the water we drink. In addition to electronics, items such as fluorescent bulbs and tubes, pesticides, paints, old medications, cleaning products, and other chemicals are forbidden to be put in your regular trash or poured down a drain or gutter because of the contaminants they contain.

Letting the Pros Handle Your e Waste Disposal

Proper e waste disposal and recycling is vital for your and the planet’s health. That means everyone needs to be vigilant about where they recycle and dispose of their old and discarded electronics.

Figuring out where to recycle those old electronics, especially because many e waste recyclers limit what they accept, is a struggle for many in the Bay area. And, unfortunately, many so called e waste recyclers don’t recycle and handle e waste disposal in a proper and sustainable way.

Junk King of Marin has extensive experience in proper e waste disposal practices. From computers to cell phones and televisions, we handle all your e waste needs whether it be through recycling, repurposing, or proper disposal. The superior service that our skilled and friendly teams bring to the job ensures a quick and efficient removal of all your e waste.

If you reside in Marin County and are looking for a socially responsible e waste disposal company, Junk King of Marin is the solution you’ve been looking for. Give us a call, text us a photo, or book an appointment online today and let us help you properly dispose of all your abandoned electronics.

Everything You Need to Know About Commercial Property Furniture Removal in Marin County

Furniture removal is not for homeowners and apartment dwellers alone. To be sure, Junk King of Marin hauls away a lot of furniture from houses, apartments, and other residential properties. But we also pick up and dispose of outdated and unwanted furniture from commercial properties such as offices, medical facilities, motels and hotels, restaurants, retail establishments, and more.

We can help with removing any and all your commercial furniture and furnishings.

Furniture Removal with Minimal Disruption

Furniture RemovalWhen Junk King of Marin handles removing your facility’s furniture, we understand how important it is that the job get done with as little interruption to your business’ day-to-day operations as possible. Our talented and experienced teams work closely with you, handling the breakdown of furniture as well as all other removal details, including coordinating with the building when necessary.

We take it all!

  • Filing cabinets and bookcases
  • Office desks, chairs, and credenzas
  • All sizes and shapes of tables including conference room furniture
  • Hotel/motel beds, sofas, tables, and desks
  • Rugs and drapes

We offer the area’s best furniture removal services and handle everything from standard office furnishings to specialized equipment.

We’re Marin County’s most eco-friendly furnishings removal service, too!  We make sure any of your still usable furniture makes its way to area recycling facilities and donation centers, helping to reduce waste that otherwise is sent to local landfills.

Professionalism and Experience

If you want the quickest and most efficient furniture removal available, we make it easy. Our years of expertise and commitment to outstanding customer service guarantees a stress free process for you and your employees. Our services feature:

  • Consistent communication that makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your crew during the entire furniture removal process.
  • Unbeatable prices.
  • Unparalleled reliability and performance that provides outstanding value.

Best of all, we bring you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your commercial property is safe and secure. Junk King of Marin is fully insured, so you and your employees are completely covered and protected during the entire removal process.

Junk King of Marin Goes the Extra Mile So You Don’t Have To

You have a business to run. Why handle a big job like furniture removal yourself? When you trust your company’s furniture removal services to Junk King of Marin, you can count on us to execute a quick and efficient move while respecting your needs and budget.

Ready to move forward with removing all the unused, unwanted furniture from your commercial space? We have the equipment and manpower to get the job done today. At Junk King of Marin, our goal is always to minimize disruption while efficiently removing all your old furniture. To learn more about all the services we offer or to get a quote get in touch with us today. You can even text us pictures of the furniture you want removed. And when you book online, you save!