Monthly Archives: August 2017

Important Fixes Every Homeowner Should Know

Every home needs a tool box. The basics should include a hammer, needle nose pliers, an adjustable wrench and a good screwdriver set. That is pretty much all you need to take care of a lot of fixes around the house. Yes, as a homeowner you are also part-time handyman. Here are some fixes you should know how to take care of:

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Stopping a Running Toilet

A toilet is one of those devices we take for granted until it stops working. Most clogs are easily fixed with a good plunger. If your toilet is running after flash, then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and make the fix. To do this you’ll need to remove the tank lid and flush the toilet. You’ll see as it goes through its cycle where the problem is. All those parts inside your toilet can easily be replaced or adjusted. It will help to turn off the water once you identify the problem in order to make your fix.

Shutting Off Water

Speaking of shutting off water, you should also know how to shut off the main water line coming into your house. This is important to know when there is a leak somewhere that you isn’t directly tied to a sink. Shutting off the main line will stop the flow of water. There are plenty of quick fixes to a leaky pipe that you can make before you need to bring in the plumber to make the repair.

Fixing a Blown Circuit

The older the home, the greater the chance of you blowing out a circuit when you overload outlets. The circuits in your breaker box need to be clearly identified. If they’re not, then you should take the time to flip the switches and label the energy zones that they control. When a circuit is blown you’ll notice that the switch seems to be out of alignment. A simple flip back and forth resets it and gets the power back on. If that doesn’t work, then it’s time to bring in the electrician.

Along with making the simple fixes, it’s also your responsibility to make sure your home isn’t overrun with clutter. It’s easy to put things in storage down the basement or garage and forget about it. But sooner or later, you have to deal with that stuff. A call to Junk King Pittsburgh can be a big help. These are professional junk haulers who will send out a pair of reliable movers to take away all the unwanted clutter from your home. That includes any debris from the backyard. It doesn’t matter to Junk King Pittsburg how big or heavy something is. All that matters is that you want it gone. Put them to work today.

How To Organize Your Backyard Shed

A backyard shed is a great additional storage area. But like other storage areas around your house, it could tend to be overrun with rubbish. Before the weather turns cold, you should get out there and organize your backyard shed. Here’s how to make it happen:

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Service the Summer Power Equipment

There will come a time the next couple weeks when you will no longer be mowing the lawn. When that happens you will want to empty the fuel and clean the lawnmower. It’s a good idea to pop off the blades and have them sharpened. Before putting them back on give them a rubdown with oil to keep them from getting rusty. If there’s are any repairs to make, then now is the time to do that. Don’t wait for spring when you will have already forgotten and they’ll be a rush of other lawnmower owners.

Move Up Your Winter Equipment

It’s time to circulate your gardening tools into the back of the shed and move up your winter equipment like snow shovels and snow blowers. You want them handy at the first drop of a snowflake.

Check Your Generator

If the last power outage during the winter convinced you to buy a backup generator, then now is the time to check it out. Turn it on and run it to make sure it is in good working order. It also helps to buy extra gasoline and have it ready just in case. Be sure you store that gasoline out of reach of children.

Drain Hoses

Your garden hoses should also be drained and allowed to thoroughly dry before you put them in storage. If you have any other liquids in the shed that might freeze, then you should probably take them out. It’s a good time to get rid of any old paint cans and solvents.

Organizing your backyard shed is a good habit to get into. However, if that shed is starting to fall apart, then you may be better off tearing it down and replacing it. Just ask yourself, “Will it be standing at the end of next winter?” If you want to get that backyard shed demolished and carted away, then the best call you can make is to Junk King Pittsburgh. Although they specialize in the removal of things like furniture and appliances, the Junk King crews have a lot of experience with dismantling all kinds of backyard structures including sheds. They can also haul away all your unwanted rubbish in the same trip. Take care of backyard shed removal and junk hauling the right way by bringing in Junk King Pittsburgh from the start.

How Junk King’s Mini Dumpster Rental Services Contribute to a Greener Tomorrow

Junk King Pittsburgh Uses New Mini Dumpster to Help Make Way for a Cleaner and Greener Tomorrow

Mini DumpsterLong known as both the City of Steel for its more than 300 steel-related business and the City of Bridges for its 446 bridges, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a city rich in history, high education and boats a great love of sports. The city is situated where the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers meet to become the Ohio River.

Economic History

Dubbed the Gateway to the West for its early days as a frontier village, Pittsburgh has always been a city abundant in natural resources like timber, limestone, natural gas, iron and coal. Those plentiful natural resources and the American Revolution made for the perfect formula to spur Pittsburgh into its first economic boom. The Whiskey Rebellion, the American Civil War, its Underground Railroad stops, and, in 1852, the arrival of the Pennsylvania Railroad all hastened this boom and the city’s developments.

Pittsburgh was home to some of the 19th century’s wealthiest and most influential industrialists. H.J. Heinz, George Westinghouse, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas and Andrew Mellon, Henry Clay Frick and Philander Knox all called Pittsburgh home as they worked to become some of the most recognizable names in business, finance and industry.

The 1970’s and early 1980’s lead to a decline and collapse of the steel industry in Pittsburgh. Manufactures of steel overseas offered newer technologies, lower labor costs and government-corporate partnerships which all made for a lower demand for Pittsburgh’s highest commodity. The recession of the ‘80’s made for a difficult time in Pittsburgh but the city proved its position as a come-back-kid and sought new ways for economic growth and recovery.

According to an article in the New York Times, Pittsburgh has turned its sights to building a community around healthcare, financial services, education and technology.  Forbes rated Pittsburgh No. 94 on its list of Best Places for Business and Careers.

Employment and Education

Pittsburgh is home to many houses of higher education. The most recognized names in education are Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh.

According to Point2homes.com, more than 27-percent of people living in Pittsburgh hold a Bachelor’s degree and more than 22-percent hold a Graduate degree.

Sports

Pittsburgh is distinguished as the home of the six-time Super Bowl Championship Pittsburgh Steelers. Founded in 1833, and originally named the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Pittsburgh Steelers is the oldest franchise in the AFC and the team has won and hosted more Super Bowl Championships than any other team. While widely recognized for its accomplished football team, the City of Pittsburgh has deep roots in sports and was host to the first ever professional football game and the first World Series. In addition to the Steelers, Pittsburgh is home to several professional sports teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and the Steel City Yellow Jackets.  In 2009, Sporting News gave Pittsburgh the title of “Best Sports City” in the United States.

Philanthropy

Pittsburgh has a long-standing history of giving. With tycoons like the Carnegie, Mellon and Heinz families making giving a priority, philanthropy is still of great importance to its residents. In 2012, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, it is estimated that $1,091,221,000 dollars were given.

Green Living in Pittsburgh

The Steel City has left behind its days of pollution and has been pursuing an environmental transformation as it seeks to build a more sustainable tomorrow. According to the city website, Mayor William Peduto has made sustainability the “driving force of his administration” and is committed to ensuring his efforts come to fruition through the following objectives:

  • Improving the internal operations of municipal government, to reduce the fiscal and environmental impact related to our local government’s services

  • Fostering innovative and collaborative solutions that overcome barriers to ecological responsible behavior

  • Ensuring that the City that provides clean air, water and livable communities for our residents and businesses

  • Being a leader locally, nationally and globally in the collective effort to reduce the impacts of climate change while growing our local economy

  • Encouraging economic opportunities for all communities

Working to improve life in Pittsburgh while lessening the impact on the environment has led the City of Pittsburgh to form the Office of Sustainability and the City Sustainability Committee whose purposes are to create and guide the sustainability initiatives of the city.

According to Pittsburgh Green Story, when residents were asked about climate change:

·       64% of Pittsburghers described climate change as a severe or moderate problem

·       Fewer than 19% didn’t believe it is a problem

Recycling and Waste Reduction in Pittsburgh

Green initiatives have gone far in transforming this once industrial city to what it is today. Recycling is mandatory in the city of Pittsburgh for every resident, business and institution per City Code 619.

Did you know?

·      According to the city website, for every ton of waste recycled – rather than paying a landfill fee of about $20 to $30 per ton – the City profits $25 per ton and gains as much as an additional $40 per ton while selling recycled material.

Pittsburgh Landfill Solutions

The City of Pittsburgh enforces recycling and encourages reuse of items to help prevent the amount of garbage and build up that finds its way into landfills thus creating greenhouse emissions and water contamination.

According to Pareportcard.org, Pennsylvania has 46 active landfills and six resource-recovery (waste-to- energy) facilities. While the city of Pittsburgh seeks other ways to rid garbage, the city does still have two active landfills.

How Junk King Fits into Pittsburgh’s Sustainability Plan

Junk King Pittsburgh is working towards the same goal of sustainability be it through commercial or residential cleanouts. With the same goals in mind and the importance of recycling and sustainability at the top of the priority list, Junk King is fully equipped to help the city of Pittsburgh in establishing its goals. Junk King roll away dumpsters are taken to a recycling warehouse where employees take the time to sort each and every dumpster rental collection for metals, e-waste, paper, household goods, textiles, furniture and appliances before simply tossing more trash into the landfills. Junk King also strives to “go green” by working to donate, repurpose, and reuse everything from clothing, toys, baby cribs and strollers to office furniture and supplies. Junk is proud to run many of its trucks on biodiesel, a domestically produced fuel made from more environmentally safe non-petroleum, renewable resources. We are committed to continuing to lead the way to help keep the planet clean, green and beautiful for the generations to come. Just as Pittsburgh is striving for, Junk King is also committed to finding ways to reduce waste and encourage recycling and reuse of any qualifying products.

How to Rent a Junk King MINI Dumpster

MINI dumpster rentals offer customers a convenient and affordable way to remove trash, debris and junk from your home or business. Junk King Pittsburgh removes the hassle and worry that comes about when considering large recycling efforts. Junk King Pittsburgh provides quick and easy access to free quotes by phone or an online estimator and fast, affordable service? Simply choose a date and time to schedule your dumpster rental and contact Junk King for a quick estimate and your junk will be rolled away. With the Junk King MINI Dumpster, you are given three days to fill it on your own timetable before it is hauled away. The MINI Dumpster an easy, fast, purposeful way to remove your junk and debris.

Junk King Pittsburgh is the committed to top rated customer service and to furthering its mission of recycle-based junk removal through its dumpster rentals. With a city and government leadership so focused on sustainability, Junk King provides a necessary service to help reduce the growth of waste and increase reuse, recycling and donations of what we consider junk.

FAQ on Dumpster Rentals in Pittsburgh:

1)    How much will a Junk King Dumpster hold?

a.     Junk King Pittsburgh offers customers its convenient MINI Dumpster, a 12-cubic yard, driveway friendly debris box. Most household remodels and clean outs can be fit with a Junk King MINI.

2)    What will you take?

a.     If it isn’t hazardous waste, consider it gone! Furniture, appliances, textiles, construction debris, yard debris and more.

3)     How much does it cost?

a.     Junk King Pittsburgh offers fair, flexible pricing for its customers. With Junk King, we only charge you for the space you use.

4)     How long do I have to complete my project?

a.     After your date and time are schedule, Junk King will bring a MINI dumpster for you to fill at your convenience over a three-day period.

Recent Reviews of Junk King Pittsburgh

Junk King Pittsburgh is committed to creating a more sustainable future and is ready to partner with the city of Pittsburgh and its businesses, institutions and residents in its efforts. Junk King Pittsburgh takes great pride in the reviews we receive. Our customers serve as a reminder of the difference we make in people’s lives and in the community, as well as how we can better improve our services.

 July 18, 2017 by C.V.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Very friendly, prompt and neat.”


July 10, 2017 by C.A.P.W.

Ellwood City, Pennsylvania

“Prompt response to my inquiry, On Time for appointment, Fee cost within my expectation, appropriate number of Men and Trucks for the job, prepared to take the junk immediately, continued to work through a rainstorm, and did an excellent and unexpected sweep-up of miscellaneous debris after loading. 100% Satisfaction!”


July 19, 2017 by C.M.

Zelienople, Pennsylvania

“We were impressed with the crew from the professionalism during the estimate, to the efficiency and completeness of the clean-up and the accuracy of the estimate.”


July 17, 2017 by Jane Sorcan

Carnegie, Pennsylvania

“Junk King was easy to schedule, came on time and the driver called ahead to give me heads up they were on their way. They honored the quote they gave me over the phone. The guys were very professional and friendly. They quickly loaded and were on their way. My driveway clean and free of trash after they were done.”

Is recycling, reuse and waste reduction on your priority list? Junk King Pittsburgh is ready to assist you with your unwanted junk removal while keeping those same goals in mind. If you are ready to experience top-rated customer service please consider using Junk King for your dumpster rental and junk removal. Call today (412) 254-8437 or visit Junk King online to get a quick and easy quote for dumpster rentals or for more information on what size dumpster would best suit your needs.

 

 

Do I Need My Own Dumpster in Pittsburgh?

Dumpster PittsburghIf you’re building new construction, tearing down an old structure, removing a damaged roof or revamping your home, it might be obvious that you need a dumpster in Pittsburgh. However, if you’re just clearing out the basement or garage, renovating a room or dealing with a deceased estate, it may be less clear whether you need to pay for a dumpster rental or not. Plus, to add to the confusion, there are more ways to dispose of a large volume waste than you might think.

You could choose to get rid of your trash to avoid paying for permit fees and dumpster rental costs, or you could decide to call a junk removal company and let the professionals do the heavy lifting. You shouldn’t forget that some people may see value in the possessions you think are useless, giving you the option to cash in on your old junk by holding a yard sale or selling online. Below, we look at the most popular methods or large-volume waste disposal to help you decide which is right for you.

What Options Do I have in Addition to Renting a Dumpster in Pittsburgh?

First, it’s best to detail the pros and cons of each option so that you can see why each has its place in the market. We’re assuming that you either have too much junk to fit in your car or would rather avoid filling it with damage by filling it with loose debris. Plus, when you weigh in the costs of waste management facility entry fees, fuel, and your time, using your vehicle to dispose of waste is neither the most convenient nor cost-effective method of junk disposal in many situations. So, your two options are either dumpster rental in Pittsburgh or hire a junk removal company.

  • Junk Removal Companies Explained

A junk removal company drives a truck to your house and takes your waste in the space of a day. Its professionals are responsible for all the heavy lifting, and they can take just about any waste, whether its construction debris or old possessions. Their fees vary on the type of trash, your location, and the amount of junk. For example, it usually costs more for a junk removal company to retrieve construction debris than furniture, and the provided quote primarily takes the volume of waste into account.

Hiring a junk removal company is ideal if you have all your waste in one place ready to be collected in the space of a few hours. You’ll be dealing with trained and experienced professionals who know how to retrieve your waste promptly and safely, and you won’t need to take part in any of the heavy lifting. The best companies attempt to recycle as much as possible by depositing junk at dedicated sorting centers. Plus, because they work quickly and don’t take up much time, they can be more cost-effective than dumpster rental depending on the volume of waste.

However, a junk removal company is less convenient than dumpster rental in many situations even though its professionals take just a few hours to finish the job. You don’t have the freedom to dispose of waste gradually, which is a necessity regarding tasks such as major landscaping projects or construction developments.

  • The Ins and Outs of Dumpster Rental

A waste management company delivers a dumpster to your property and leaves it there for a pre-arranged duration for you to fill as and when required. Dumpsters come in various sizes depending on the task at hand, with 40 yarders primarily used by construction yards and ten yarders purposed for small-scale residential duties, such as single-room renovations and spring cleans. You need something in between for roof removals, new constructions, and demolitions, but experienced companies will recommend the most appropriate size for your needs. The price of dumpster rental depends on your location, the type and volume of waste, and the required duration.

It’s convenient to rent a dumpster if you’re generating waste slowly while revamping your home, demolishing a structure, such as a garage, patio, roof, or extension, or constructing a building. You can arrange to keep the dumpster for as long as you like, and you can order a receptacle large enough to accommodate all the waste regardless of the volume. Plus, even though you have to fill the dumpster, the rental company will drop it off and retrieve it when required and deal with the waste on your behalf.

However, you may need to pay for permits and familiarize yourself with the law if you intend to place a large dumpster on the street. You must pay a fee to take up public space or obstruct a road’s right of way, and you must be careful not to overfill the receptacle as rental companies can’t legally retrieve dumpsters filled higher than their sides. Additionally, you won’t enjoy the luxury of avoiding all the heavy lifting as you would with a junk removal company, and you should be careful to choose a dumpster rental service that takes measures not to damage the street or your driveway.

Should I Rent a Dumpster or Hire a Junk Removal Company?

Now that you know how both services operate, you should be able to decide whether to call a junk removal company or take advantage of dumpster rental in Pittsburgh, though you may have to do some research to find out which is the most cost-effective option. If a 12-cubic yard dumpster is enough to accommodate your junk, and if you mainly have old household possessions that are easy to carry and stored in one place, a mini-dumpster might be the most affordable option.

Price aside, you need to take the task at hand into account to decide on the right option. If you’ve finished separating the junk from the collectables at a deceased estate, or if you’re clearing out the basement of old and unwanted trash, hiring a junk removal company to retrieve everything within the space of a day is the most convenient option. On the other hand, if you’re renovating a property, building an extension, removing roof shingles, or landscaping, you’ll be better off with a dumpster that you can fill gradually.

How to Find the Right Company

Regardless of whether you choose dumpster rental or a junk removal company, you should check that the service you deal with does their part to protect the environment, knows the laws in your area, is licensed, and offers fair prices. Fortunately, Junk King ticks all the boxes, and it’s a national specialist in both junk removal and dumpster rental.

If you’d prefer to let the professionals do all the heavy lifting, Junk King offers a junk removal service with a commitment to being environmentally and high value. It’s the number one waste retrieval service in the nation for a reason, and that’s because it’s prompt, green, efficient, and competitively priced.

Alternatively, Junk King can provide mini dumpsters to any location in Pittsburgh at a time that suits you, and you don’t need a permit to place a small receptacle on your private property. Plus, instead of charging a fixed rate for a dumpster in Pittsburgh, it only charges for the space you use. Its professionals will leave a red mini dumpster with you for a few days, collect it promptly, and recycle up to 60 percent of your waste at their sorting facility. For more information on dumpster rentals in Pittsburgh, connect with us  here at Junk King.