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Genius Garage Storage Ideas after a Full-Service Junk Removal

If you are like most people, your car might be among your high-cost investments. This means that you should take utmost care of it to maximize your returns. This also reduces the repair costs associated with unmaintained cars. In 2016, Australians spent approximately 38.73 Australian dollars weekly on servicing crash repairs  and ve icle parts.

These statistics are no different in Sonoma, where you will spend so much on vehicle maintenance when you neglect its care. An essential element of protecting your vehicle is parking it under a shade. This is preferably inside your garage, where it will also be protected from thieves. Unfortunately, some homeowners’ garages are filled with trash, and they have little room for their vehicles. As such, the cars are left outside.

Indoor spaces are understandably getting smaller, and you might not have enough storage space for everything. This means the garage can be used to store a few things. While some of the items in your garage are useful, others are junk. You need a full-service junk removal company to haul almost all forms of your trash away. This leaves you with enough storage space for your useful items and car.

After getting rid of the trash, here are some genius garage storage ideas to maximize your space and prevent accidents from appliances left lying around.

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Use wooden storage walls

Make use of your vertical space. After all, your garage’s floors were originally only meant for heavy appliances and vehicles. For the vertical storage, get a slatted wood wall. You can install hooks between these slats to hold a few light items like rakes, brooms, garden tools, and cleaning supplies. The top rungs of the wooden wall can hold hatchets, saws, and other bladed tools that you want to keep as far away from kids as possible.

You can install pegboards on the wooden walls onto which you will install pegs and hooks to store organizing tools. Strong hooks on these walls can also hold heavy items like foldable outdoor chairs and ladders.

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Move your storage to the ceiling

Your garage storage space is not limited to walls and floors. Ceilings also offer some innovative storage solutions. Large items that are only used occasionally, like snow tires and bikes, often take up a lot of wall or floor space. These are perfect for storage on the ceiling. Your local Sonoma hardware or home improvement store likely has a few tools for hoisting these heavy items to the ceiling. There are also some tools for securely strapping the items in place.

If you have some holiday decorations in the garage, consider storing these on the ceiling instead of throwing them out with the trash a full-service junk removal company will take. Place them in clear or labeled plastic bins, then strap them to the ceiling. You can make a simple support carriage then use plywood flanges to create tracks that hold items. These work if you are not intent on using straps.

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Invest in wheeled carts

Consider swapping your free standing shelves for wheeled carts to add versatility in your garage. The carts will still be placed along your walls. Even so, owing to their mobility, they can be easily moved out of the way when you want to put other items in their spaces. Wheeled carts are also the best solution when storing tools. This is because you can easily move them to your project’s location instead of picking tools one by one.

Add a fold-down workbench

When using your garage as a workshop, consider installing a fold-down rather than a traditional workbench. This way, you can fold up the bench when you need the space for something else. You do not have to shop for a fold-down workbench. You can make one from a solid core door and pipe flanges used as legs if you love DIYs. A couple of sturdy hinges allow the bench to be folded up against your garage wall.

Hang a garden box

Garden boxes are not exclusively for your outdoors. You can use them in your garage to store spray paints, cans, small tools and items like maps that do not seem to fit anywhere else. The boxes can also be used for your gardening tools and supplies. Garden boxes are fastened to walls rather than being placed on the floor where they can cause accidents and minimize your usable floor space. You can use repurposed garbage cans if you do not have garden boxes.

Invest in built-in bike racks

Storage of bikes on a garage floor is a bad idea because it takes up too much space and increases the odds of accidents when people ram into them. Moreover, the sharp objects sometimes found in garages that double up as workshops can pop their tires. Invest in a bike hanging rack to mount the bikes. Visit your local store for heavy-duty clamps that will support the bike’s weight on the rack while allowing you to quickly release it when you need to use it.

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Consider floating shoe racks

You might have too little indoor space to work with for the storage of your shoes. Instead of leaving them lying around, get a floating shoe rack in your garage. The shoe rack comprises boards stuck to your walls so that you can wedge your shoes between them and stack them perfectly. The shoe rack works best for the shoes used for outdoor chores like gardening. These do not need time in front of a mirror to see how well they match your outfit. If the idea of floating shoe racks does not suit you, you can use shoe pegs to hang the shoes.

Get open shelves

Shelving is the first solution when people are looking for extra space. When choosing the shelves for your garage, opt for open ones. It is easier to access the items stored on open shelves and you will not need extra clearance in a small garage for swinging doors open. The open shelves are best used to store items that do not need dust protection. Cabinets with doors in a garage are often excuses to accumulate clutter and stay disorganized because you can keep things hidden away. However, you can have one or two cabinets in which you store items like chemicals that should be stored from the reach of some household members.

Though everyone loves a neat garage, getting one is challenging. With the above storage ideas, your garage might just be the best organized one in Sonoma. Before settling for one of these ideas, draft a floor plan. This way, you will not waste time or money investing in storage solutions that do not work for your dream garage. Moreover, store frequently used items close to the garage door while those you do not use so much can be placed further from the door.

With the right plan and ideas in place, start your garage organization by getting the best full-service junk removal company to take your trash away. In Sonoma, California, Junk King Marin is your best choice. The company handles all types of waste at competitive prices and employs some of the best-trained staff. Contact Junk King Sonoma today to effectively get rid of the junk in your garage.

 

Tips for Easily Getting Rid Of Items During Foreclosure Cleanouts

If you have dreamt of owning a house in Sonoma County, California, this is one of the best times to do so. While the coronavirus pandemic sent most real estate markets to their knees, home buying in Sonoma recently reached a record annual median price and saw the highest number of homes bought in the past seven years. This is good news for property agents and those looking to buy a home.

male and female sitting on rug with boxes in the backgroundUnfortunately, thousands of homeowners lose their properties to foreclosure annually. This is an undoubtedly painful experience for those affected by it. Though foreclosed properties in Sonoma are inexpensive, real estate agents and the new property owners deal with a lot of trash left behind in them. As such, foreclosure cleanouts are among the first things they should think of before moving in or putting the property up for sale.

Though cleaning out a foreclosed property sounds like an easy task, it is far from so. You are often unsure of the items you want to keep and what should be thrown away. Understandably, you would not want to throw out anything that increases a property’s value or one that will contribute to exceptional interior décor.

The tips below will help you easily throw out the items that will only contribute to clutter when cleaning a foreclosed property.

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Define the goals of your cleanout

Like all things in life, you cannot achieve much if you do not have a goal in mind of what you want to accomplish with a cleanout. The goal helps you stay on track during the cleanout and allows you to visualize the space you will get. It might be hard to have the exact picture of what a home will look like after the cleanout. Thankfully, there are now several online platforms with images you can use to visualize your ideal space, so take advantage of them.

Start with a small area

It is overwhelming to think of cleaning out an entire building at once. To ease your work, focus on a small area at a time. This might be a room at a time, or sections like downstairs and upstairs for smaller properties. Focusing on small sections and throwing the items you do not need in the space rather than moving them to another area makes it easy to get rid of clutter.

Try the trash bag technique

You can sweep the items in a room into a trash bag and see how quickly or how many trash bags you can fill in a specified time. To ensure this technique works for foreclosure cleanouts, have the bag you have just filled picked right away by a center you are donating items to or immediately dumped in a skip. As such, you are not tempted to go through the items in the bag later and change your mind about throwing them away.

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Note then rank the clutter hotspots

Go through your property and come up with a list of the different sections that are clutter hotspots. You can consider taking photos of the spots so that you have enough time to rank them even when you are out of the premises. The rank can span from 1-3, with 3 being the spots with the highest clutter. Knowing where you should concentrate your cleanout eases your planning of the task. The ‘before’’ photos can also make you appreciate your accomplishments when compared with the ‘’after’’ pictures.

Have a sorting system

When moving from room to room, you will, of course, come across stuff that you might want to keep, things you are not sure about, and the ones you want to throw away. Consider having a sorting system for these items. Most people use the three-box technique. This entails having three boxes; one for trash, one for donation, and another for what you keep.

Do not overthink the items you want to place in different boxes. This only leaves you stressed and prolongs your cleanout. At times, you are not sure if you want to keep an item. In this case, it is best to donate it if it is in good condition or place it in the trash pile. Holding onto things you are unsure of will only increase the clutter in your clean home and necessitate another cleanout in the future.

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While the above steps will no doubt go a long way in leaving you with a clean house you can transform into a family home or showcase to clients, there are times when you cannot handle a foreclosure cleanout alone. In this instance, you can hire a professional estate cleanout company to handle the task. These professionals can handle the cleanout without damaging your floors and the other items you want to keep.

Besides deciding to hire professionals for foreclosure cleanouts or handling them on your own, you need a junk removal company that will haul away the items you do not need. Junk King Sonoma CA is your best choice in this regard.

You can make an appointment on Junk King’s online platform or through a phone call for their insured hauling experts to show up at your foreclosed home and give you an estimate for hauling your waste. As an eco-friendly company, all your waste does not end up at a landfill. The company carts some of it to recycling centers and donates some. Contact us for more information.

 

Effects of E-Waste That Is Not Handled By a Full Service Junk Removal on Different Elements

The world produces over 50 million tons of electronic waste {e-waste} annually. These numbers are not surprising, with most tasks now being handled by gadgets and more advanced gadgets being produced almost daily. E-waste encompasses all the scrap produced by discarded electronic devices that are no longer useful. These include consumer electronics like cellphones, office electronics like printers, lighting devices, power tools, home appliances, and sports equipment like gaming consoles.

Like the rest of the world, residents of Sonoma, California, are, of course, buying new gadgets almost daily and replacing their outdated or damaged appliances. Though there is nothing wrong with this, most see no need to properly dispose of the electronic appliances they no longer use through a full service junk removal company. People assume that you can simply get rid of a damaged electronic appliance by throwing it away in the trash.

Unlike the other forms of waste that end up in landfills around Sonoma, e-waste contains hazardous elements like zinc, lead, chromium, barium, and flame retardants, among others. These have significant detrimental effects on different aspects. Here is a look at the impact of e-waste on a few things.

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Air

Air pollution occurs when you dismantle, shred or melt the materials used for electronics. This releases toxins like dioxins and dust particles into the air. Air pollution from the byproducts of e-waste has been linked to cancers and chronic respiratory diseases. Unfortunately, these byproducts can travel for miles because they are fine particles and will thus have detrimental effects on large geographical locations. They have also been linked to hydrocarbons that add to the greenhouse effect, which worsens global warming.

The effects of air pollution attributed to e-waste are worse in some animal species than in others because of specific mutations. Over time, continued air pollution changes the biodiversity of different regions while causing irreversible negative changes to water bodies, plants, and soil. In some places with high air levels of lead, large sea animals, humans, and wildlife have suffered extensive neurological damage.

Soil

As e-waste breaks down, its components seep into the soil from whence they contaminate groundwater and crops. When crops absorb the toxins produced by e-waste, these often end up in the digestive systems of the wildlife and humans that feed on them. Other than the diseases caused in wildlife and humans, the toxins also reduce the productivity of farmland.

The extent of soil contamination by e-waste depends on the weight and size of the particles released by its dismantling, shredding, or burning. It also depends on the soil type, soil composition, PH levels, and environmental temperatures. Unfortunately, the pollutants from e-waste remain in the soil for a long time.

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Water

Though water is often contaminated from the contaminants that leak to groundwater through the soil, there are times when people directly dispose of their waste into water bodies. Though this seems like an inexpensive alternative to full service junk removal for your home or business, the appliances slowly disintegrate with their chemicals dissolving in the water. The water, in turn, flows into lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds.

The toxification and acidification created in water bodies by disintegrated e-waste like lithium, barium, lead, and mercury affect fresh and marine water organisms, harm ecosystems, and disturb biodiversity. Moreover, they cause skin and digestive issues to the people and animals who drink, cook with, or swim in the contaminated water. Unfortunately, when acidification is present, the damage to ecosystems is often irreversible.

Plants

Plants need adequate air and water for them to thrive. Most of them are exposed to the air and water sources contaminated by e-waste. Depending on the levels of toxins from the air and water, some plants die while others have low yields.

The ones that end up as food for man or animals introduce the toxin into their digestive systems and significantly affect their health. At times, these plants become poisonous and cause the deaths of animals and humans. The low yields and death of plants exposed to toxins place the world at significant risk of starvation.

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Humans

People that come into contact with the toxic chemicals released by e-waste can develop debilitating physical and neurological conditions over time. The toxins from e-waste will enter the human body through ingestion, inhalation, or skin absorption.

Developmental issues, kidney damage, asthmatic bronchitis, DNA mutations, muscle weakness, hormone imbalance, and lowered immunity are a few health issues associated with improper disposal of e-waste. Some of these conditions are challenging and expensive to treat. However, a large number of the conditions are sadly untreatable.

Even with a knowledge of the above effects of e-waste that is not correctly disposed of, responsibility for its management is often tossed around. Most people think that governments are not doing enough to manage e-waste. Even so, proper e-waste management starts with you.

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Rather than throw away a cellphone, household appliance, or computer that you are not using in the trash, contact a full service junk removal company like Junk King Sonoma. This makes a big difference in the amount of e-waste that ends up in the wrong place and, therefore, reduces the above effects.

Junk King Sonoma will sort your trash into what can be donated and recycled before the rest is properly disposed of by specialized companies. The costs of e-waste disposal are surprisingly affordable because they are primarily based on the size of your appliance. Contact us for more information.

Know the Effects of E-Waste

The world produces over 50 million tons of electronic waste {e-waste} annually. These numbers are not surprising, with most tasks now being handled by gadgets and more advanced gadgets being produced almost daily. E-waste encompasses all the scrap produced by discarded electronic devices that are no longer useful. These include consumer electronics like cellphones, office electronics like printers, lighting devices, power tools, home appliances, and sports equipment like gaming consoles.

e-waste facility technician dismantling parts in e-waste plant

Like the rest of the world, residents of Sonoma, California, are, of course, buying new gadgets almost daily and replacing their outdated or damaged appliances. Though there is nothing wrong with this, most see no need to properly dispose of the electronic appliances they no longer use through a full service junk removal company. People assume that you can simply get rid of a damaged electronic appliance by throwing it away in the trash.

Unlike the other forms of waste that end up in landfills around Sonoma, e-waste contains hazardous elements like zinc, lead, chromium, barium, and flame retardants, among others. These have significant detrimental effects on different aspects. Here is a look at the impact of e-waste on a few things:

Air

Air pollution occurs when you dismantle, shred or melt the materials used for electronics. This releases toxins like dioxins and dust particles into the air. Air pollution from the byproducts of e-waste has been linked to cancers and chronic respiratory diseases. Unfortunately, these byproducts can travel for miles because they are fine particles and will thus have detrimental effects on large geographical locations. They have also been linked to hydrocarbons that add to the greenhouse effect, which worsens global warming.

The effects of air pollution attributed to e-waste are worse in some animal species than in others because of specific mutations. Over time, continued air pollution changes the biodiversity of different regions while causing irreversible negative changes to water bodies, plants, and soil. In some places with high air levels of lead, large sea animals, humans, and wildlife have suffered extensive neurological damage.


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Soil

As e-waste breaks down, its components seep into the soil from whence they contaminate groundwater and crops. When crops absorb the toxins produced by e-waste, these often end up in the digestive systems of the wildlife and humans that feed on them. Other than the diseases caused in wildlife and humans, the toxins also reduce the productivity of farmland.

The extent of soil contamination by e-waste depends on the weight and size of the particles released by its dismantling, shredding, or burning. It also depends on the soil type, soil composition, PH levels, and environmental temperatures. Unfortunately, the pollutants from e-waste remain in the soil for a long time.

Water

Though water is often contaminated from the contaminants that leak to groundwater through the soil, there are times when people directly dispose of their waste into water bodies. Though this seems like an inexpensive alternative to full service junk removal for your home or business, the appliances slowly disintegrate with their chemicals dissolving in the water. The water, in turn, flows into lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds.

The toxification and acidification created in water bodies by disintegrated e-waste like lithium, barium, lead, and mercury affect fresh and marine water organisms, harm ecosystems, and disturb biodiversity. Moreover, they cause skin and digestive issues to the people and animals who drink, cook with, or swim in the contaminated water. Unfortunately, when acidification is present, the damage to ecosystems is often irreversible.

Plants

Plants need adequate air and water for them to thrive. Most of them are exposed to the air and water sources contaminated by e-waste. Depending on the levels of toxins from the air and water, some plants die while others have low yields.

The ones that end up as food for man or animals introduce the toxin into their digestive systems and significantly affect their health. At times, these plants become poisonous and cause the deaths of animals and humans. The low yields and death of plants exposed to toxins place the world at significant risk of starvation.

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Humans

People that come into contact with the toxic chemicals released by e-waste can develop debilitating physical and neurological conditions over time. The toxins from e-waste will enter the human body through ingestion, inhalation, or skin absorption.

Developmental issues, kidney damage, asthmatic bronchitis, DNA mutations, muscle weakness, hormone imbalance, and lowered immunity are a few health issues associated with improper disposal of e-waste. Some of these conditions are challenging and expensive to treat. However, a large number of the conditions are sadly untreatable.

Even with a knowledge of the above effects of e-waste that is not correctly disposed of, responsibility for its management is often tossed around. Most people think that governments are not doing enough to manage e-waste. Even so, proper e-waste management starts with you.

Rather than throw away a cellphone, household appliance, or computer that you are not using in the trash, contact a full service junk removal company like Junk King Sonoma. This makes a big difference in the amount of e-waste that ends up in the wrong place and, therefore, reduces the above effects.

Junk King Sonoma will sort your trash into what can be donated and recycled before the rest is properly disposed of by specialized companies. The costs of e-waste disposal are surprisingly affordable because they are primarily based on the size of your appliance.

Alternatives for Disposing of an Old Mattress

 

Shopping for a new mattress is often overwhelming with the many aspects you need to check to guarantee you get the best one for quality sleep. Once you get the perfect one, experts recommend replacing it after 7-8 years  though this depends on your weight and the mattress quality. Sometimes people want to switch their mattresses for a newer model while others are looking for a new mattress to reflect life changes like weight gain and a new sleeping partner. This explains why the mattress industry is a high-volume one.

When replacing your mattress, you should ideally get rid of the old one rather than hoard it, believing you will use it at some point. Hoarding only leaves you with cramped and unsanitary interiors. Below are your leading alternatives for mattress disposal.

woman rubbing back pain while sitting on a mattressDonate the old Mattress

If your mattress is in optimal condition, you can donate it to someone who needs it. The ideal mattress for donation is one without large stains, tears, burns, and bedbugs, among other notable forms of damage. In general, if you cannot give the mattress to your good friend as a gift because of its deplorable state, then maybe donating it is not the best choice. A few places also only take mattresses with intact fire labels.

There are several charities, churches, homeless shelters, and nonprofit organizations that will appreciate the gesture if you do not know someone who needs a mattress. You can conduct an online search on the charitable organizations that might appreciate a mattress in your area, then contact them to see if they will accept yours. Some organizations offer a pickup service, while others have a central drop-off point for the donation.

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Resell It

If you cannot get a place to donate or are not so intent on donating, consider reselling the mattress if it is in optimal condition. Thankfully, looking for buyers for the mattress is now easy with the many online platforms for selling used stuff. The money you will get from the sale depends on your mattress’s condition, age, and size.

When reselling an old mattress, gather some data on the mattress market in your area to estimate your asking price. Remember to quote a reasonable price if you want a quick sale. You can vacuum the mattress and get rid of any noticeable blemishes so that you increase its price. When selling online, most would-be buyers would be drawn to your deal if you can deliver the mattress to them, so consider having this offer.

You can also resell the old mattress to a retailer. Most shops that sell new mattresses have removal services for the old ones at a small cost and sometimes for free. Even so, this removal service is only available when you get a new mattress from the same retailer. Though it sounds lucrative, you might end up paying too high a price for your new mattress because of the associated removal service.

Repurpose It

If you fancy yourself as a DIYer, you can break down your mattress and repurpose its parts. Mattresses contain memory foam, natural fibers, nails, screws, steel, polyurethane foam, and memory foam, among other components. Here are some ways to repurpose the different materials of your old mattress:

  • Sell the steep springs and metallic parts of the mattress to a local scrap yard or metal recyclers.
  • Break down the wooden parts and shred them to make mulch. You can also use the wooden slats for a compost bin or wooden furniture pieces.
  • Use the cotton and foam as insulation, set cushions, pillows, pet bedding, filters, or carpet padding in your home.
  • The fabric can be repurposed into DIY rugs, cushion covers, cleaning cloths, and décor.
  • The nails and screws can be used to build other items or arranged to make décor pieces.
  • Make a table topper using the memory foam.
  • Use the springs for home décor projects.

Repurposing your mattress might reduce the costs of throwing it away and save you a few dollars. Nonetheless, the above and most methods of repurposing mattresses are messy and time-consuming. Moreover, it would be best to have the right experience or tools to repurpose most of the items. As such, repurposing is not an option for everyone.

Recycle It

More than 75% of mattresses in the U.S are recyclable. With these statistics, recycling is your best choice when looking for an eco-friendly disposal alternative. Throwing it into the dump only means you will contribute to landfills and increase the planet’s waste. Thankfully, you can get some transport to a recycling center with one of the trucks from junk hauling companies when recycling. Some of these companies also offer recycling services.

The recycling process for the various components of your mattress gets products that closely resemble the ones in repurposing. Wooden frames, for example, are used as fuel or lawn mulch, while the metal components are used for décor. On the other hand, the fabric is sold to textile industries where it is re-used in new material. Nonetheless, the recycled items are of a higher quality compared to the repurposed ones.

Besides getting quality products, recycling lowers the manufacturing costs of different products because the raw materials used are cheap. Consequently, this reduces the prices of different products. Furthermore, when items like metal are recycled, this reduces the amount that has to be mined for new products. This means less detrimental effects of mining on the earth and conservation of natural resources.

Throw It Away

If your mattress is badly aged, stained, and in a poor state, consider throwing it away. This does not, however, mean walking out and leaving it in a dumpster. Most municipals have regulations on the disposal of bulky items like furniture and mattresses. As such, leaving your mattress in the trash or out on the street will often attract a fine.

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The best choice is to contact a full service junk removal company with the right tools to haul something as large as a mattress and is well-equipped to dispose of it. You only need to get price quotes from a junk removal company then coordinate a pickup time and the payment.

Though tempting, it is advisable not to always settle for the cheapest company. Pick one with experience in disposing of mattresses so that you are sure the mattress will be disposed of correctly. You can also base your choice of a junk removal company on user reviews.

Some people do not realize when it is time to dispose of their old mattresses. If you realize your mattress is sagging, worn out at the edges, has broken coils, or starts to smell and make squeaky noises, these are signs you need a new mattress. Furthermore, when you start waking up with unexplained body aches and have difficulty staying asleep, it is time to buy a new mattress.

If you have been procrastinating getting rid of your mattress but are none-the-wiser on the available alternatives for you, the above options have hopefully pointed you in the right direction. When you need help, consider hiring a professional junk removal company. This way, you will not struggle hauling your mattress out of your residential or commercial property. The company has employees that are well-trained and equipped with the right tools to take your mattress out.

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Hot Tub Removal: All You Need to Know

 

hot tub placed in backyard Over 21 million households in the US reap the benefits of owning a hot tub, spa, or pool as of 2015. According to experts, hot tubs last between 5 to 20 years, depending on the quality of materials used and the care it receives over time. These statistics suggest that many people need hot tub removal services at some point.

Why would you want to remove the hot tub? Hot tubs are bulky and occupy a significant space. Consider removing the tub to use the space it occupies for something else. Old hot tubs that are no longer in use are an eyesore and compromise on the general hygiene of your home. They make breeding grounds for insects like mosquitoes, rodents, among other unwanted things.

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Hiring a Junk Removal Company or DIY

The removal process needs expertise. While using a hot tub is relaxing and fun, removing them is not. The item is bulky and requires different tools to lift safely. If not careful, removing a hot tub can cause accidents from possible breakage. Plumbing and electrical works done when installing the hot tub will need an expert in the field to remove.

It takes more skill than you can imagine. Experts know what to do and how to go about hot tub removal with minimal destruction and take the least time possible. Due to many years’ experience in the field, Junk King Sonoma has the right tools and personnel to work efficiently. When you engage the services of Junk King Sonoma they go beyond the removal of the hot tub to clean the area after and cap the electricity to keep home users safe as they haul it away.

Transporting the removed hot tub, whether whole or pieces need special trucks. You may also get stuck on how to load the removed hot tub to the vehicle transporting it. And, your family car is not an ideal transport means for the hot tub. Unless you are in the junk removal business, you may have to hire an appropriate vehicle to transport the hot tub after removal.

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So, where do you take the old hot tub you remove? Junk King Sonoma has experience in disposing of old hot tubs and know what to do with it. In some cases, the hot tub is disposed of in an eco-friendly way in a recycling facility.

There are many risks involved in hot tub removal. When you set out to remove a hot tub, you expose yourself to many possible injuries, both minor and fatal. It is a great idea to have insurance. But why would you need a cover for a one time job? Hot tub removal companies insure their employees against any possible eventualities. In case any other thing is damaged in the process, it is comforting to know that you will get compensation.

Everyone wants to save a coin where possible. Removing a hot tub on your own is not a wise way of doing it. As you try to save money, you are likely to spend more by hiring/buying equipment that you do not have, or outsourcing skills beyond you in the process. Hot tub removal companies have invested in both tools and personnel.

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Conclusion

Though DIY is the new trend in town, when it comes to hot tub removal, you may want to heed the advice to leave it to the experts. The job is more complicated than you would imagine. You need to do is take time and engage a company that will meet your needs to your satisfaction. Junk King Sonoma ensures that you get your space back, clean, and safe at the most affordable cost. Contact us today to learn more about our hot tub removal services.

7 Top Tips for Effective Appliance Disposal

 

Sometimes, no matter how much you want to hold on to that appliance because it has been in your family for generations, you can’t. After so many years of service, if the cost of repair will be so high that you might as well buy a new item, then you have to look for the best appliance disposal method. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 9 million freezers and refrigerators are disposed of in the US every year, and 90% end up in the recycling. So where do the rest go? Here are the different appliance disposal methods you can use to eliminate any old or broken appliances.

 

Donate to the Less Fortunate Don’t Throw on the Curb

 

Pile of old white appliances If you are looking to upgrade your household appliances and do not know what to do with the old ones, donating them to those in need will go a long way in bringing a smile to their faces.  Non-profit organizations, churches, and thrift stores facilitate appliance disposal by picking up whatever you do not need and donating it to the less fortunate.

 

However, before you settle on a particular charitable organization, make sure that they accept whatever you are donating. Appliance disposal through donating also helps you at the end of the year when you are filing your taxes because you can claim a tax-deductible. Organizations like Goodwill give you a receipt upon dropping off your donation since the IRS expects you to value your donation to qualify for a tax deduction.

 

Sell the Appliance

 

Just because you do not need something does not mean it will not be useful to someone else. You can make an extra buck off your old appliances by selling them; of course, this appliance disposal method will not fetch you a lot of money because the items will be heavily discounted depending on the years of service.

 

Appliance disposal through selling is now made easier by the power of social media. You can post your item on Facebook or whichever platform you prefer, including your contact details, and anyone interested will reach out to you. The key to attracting buyers is to portray the old appliances in their best light that means taking clear photos and making them affordable. You should therefore research what similar items are going for and price yours accordingly.

 

Alternatively, garage sales are also very effective in appliance disposal because you don’t have to bother with shipping. You can kill two birds with one stone by getting rid of anything else that has been lying around without much use. You could still contact a used appliance shop and check if they are willing to buy your old appliances but it has to be still working because they are looking to refurbish it and resell it.

 

Sell the Parts and Scrap Metal

 

Appliance disposal does not necessarily have to be done in whole; you can break the item apart and see if anything is salvageable. This applies if the item is not in working order, but you can still make some money off your damaged appliances since most contain precious metals. Toasters usually have steel bodies and copper wiring. Refrigerators, washing machines, and freezers are large and therefore have considerable amounts of valuable metal, not forgetting the copper wiring in the power cords.

 

The ferrous metals market experienced a major boom in December 2020 when scrap metals prices increased by between $75 and $80 per ton.  This option is a much better appliance disposal method than selling items whole because it is more profitable.

 

Recycle

 

Dumping your old appliances in a landfill can contribute to more harm to the environment. Most of them contain coolants and other elements which release greenhouse gases that destroy the ozone layer. Regardless of how big or small, your appliance is, you can ensure it does not harm the environment by taking it to a recycling center. Some stores like Best Buy offer a recycling program where they pick up the old appliance as they deliver the new one, but it is at a fee.

 

Luckily even if you are not near stores that offer such appliance disposal options, some junk removal services are very environmentally conscious. Junk King understands the impact that an old refrigerator can have on the environment and ensure that it takes items to the proper recycling facilities.

 

Curbside Pickup

 

Depending on where you live, your municipal could offer curbside pickup services for appliance disposal. For instance, in Phoenix, you can schedule a curbside pickup for a fee.  The disadvantage of this is it limits the number of appliances to be hauled away; you can only put no more than five appliances by the sidewalk or curb. The charge is per item such that a refrigerator will cost you $25 while non-refrigerant appliances will go for $30 for a maximum of five items.

Such charges also vary per state; in Sacramento, they do not charge anything for up to two appliances, and you can place them anywhere visible and easy to access. The pickup limits are two appliances per appointment in Sacramento, which makes it a challenge to set aside several items for appliance disposal. In such cases, junk removal services step in to save the day because the trucks can take up as much junk as you want to be removed.

 

Rent a Dumpster

 

If your appliance disposal project will take quite a while, then renting a dumpster makes sense because you can take your time, and you don’t have to be at home when you want the items picked. However, it is quite expensive because rental costs can range between $200 and $800 for a week, depending on the size. Renting for a month or more should cost no less than $1000, but you can budget for it because you know the rate before your rental arrives. It has the advantage of offering you the dumpster size you expect to fit your old appliances for efficient appliance disposal.

 

Despite having these benefits, you have to consider that you will be hauling heavy items on your own, which can be cumbersome without help. You have to make sure that before you dump your items, you have removed any hazardous fluids, so you might have to hire a professional to help with appliance disposal.

 

Hire a Junk Removal Company

 

Imagine the peace of mind that comes with knowing you do not have to know which components are hazardous before dumping your appliances—or having to rent a dumpster and tire yourself hauling heavy refrigerators to the curbside. Such are the privileges of hiring a junk removal company for appliance disposal; you leave it to them to do the heavy lifting and do not have to think about how they will get to the recycling center or donation center.

 

At Junk King, you can rest assured that we will properly dispose of your appliances. We provide you with a free estimate of how much it will cost for your appliance disposal, depending on how much room the items will occupy in our trucks. We remove all types of appliances, and you can contact us today for the most affordable appliance disposal services you can find in Sonoma.

Types of Transportation Containers for Construction Debris Removal

When starting a construction project, most people will center their budgets on hiring the best construction workers and buying the best materials. Though important, these are not the only things that might cripple your project or affect its quality. Your waste management is an essential element in the success of your project. Without the right measures for handling waste, your project may end up stalling.

Hiring a company that deals with construction debris removal is among the essentials of your project’s success. These companies have several transportation container options available for your waste. Below are some tidbits on the containers that will best apply to your construction waste’s transportation.

Rectangular roll-off containers

There are three types of rectangular roll-off container grades. These include heavy, medium, and light-duty containers. Light-duty containers are used for the collection of demolition debris, light-weight construction materials, and ordinary garbage collection. Medium-duty containers are most commonly used for collecting demolition and construction waste, while heavy metals are best transported using a heavy-duty container.

Rectangular roll-off containers are among the most versatile options for construction debris removal because they have open tops. As such, they can easily fit irregularly-shaped items. Tarps are sometimes added to the containers to keep the waste inside or prevent contaminants and water from destroying the container. A tub-style container closely resembles the rectangular roll-off. The major difference between them is that the tub-style container has tapered sides to ease the dumping of waste.

Dewatering containers

At times, the solid waste in your construction site can get mixed with liquids that increase its weight and make it hard to categorize. Dewatering containers, as the name suggests, can drain liquids in your waste. This not only eases waste classification but also reduces a container’s payload.  Dewatering containers have permanent or temporary steel baskets that separate liquid and solid waste. Some construction sites re-use the water separated from their solid waste in their projects to cut back on costs and play their part in eco-conservation.

Rolling roof container

This is sometimes called a clamshell container. It has a sealed lid and sealed tailgate that allows it to safely transport hazardous construction waste such as asbestos, mercury, and lead. This waste can be detrimental to the environment and people around it during transportation because it gets thrown around and might release its harmful compounds in the process. A rolling roof container has a single or double cover that ensures the materials being transported are safely contained. The cover also ensures there is no contamination of the waste by environmental elements.

Sealed and sludge container

Sealed and sludge containers are available in tub and rectangular-style alternatives. Sludge containers are primarily meant to transport heavy-duty and dense liquid waste like sewage, while sealed containers can be used for light liquids like water. The containers also have sealed tailgates with slider-style hinges. These ensure that the waste does not leak from the containers. Though primarily used for liquid waste, sealed and sludge containers can also be used in place of the tub and rectangular roll-off containers for hauling solids. Nowadays, they are preferred over the latter in most constructions because of their ability to keep waste inside the vehicle.

Vacuum tank

This is a completely enclosed container used to haul sludge and non-hazardous or hazardous liquid waste from your construction site. It is also sometimes used to store liquids like water that is used in your construction project. The container often comes with a suction that can suck up the liquids in your site for transportation. This minimizes the costs and time used to load these liquids onto their transportation containers.

Poly and poly box tanks

When you are hauling highly corrosive liquids from your construction site, you need a poly box or poly container. These are made of heavy-duty plastic polymers that are corrosion-resistant. Their sealed tailgates ensure the materials transported do not leak from the containers, whereas their rounded corners make them easy to clean between uses. Poly and poly box containers are mostly used to transport or store acidic materials in construction.

When putting together a construction project, most companies account for the disposal of their waste but forget to factor in how the waste will get to its disposal site. Do not be fooled into using one of your construction vehicles for hauling construction waste. Most municipalities will fine you for this, and you place your vehicles at risk of extensive damage from some of the toxic substances in your waste.

While some waste management companies offer one of the above waste transportation containers for construction debris removal to its disposal site, most do not. Pick a company like Junk King that factors in debris removal from your site in addition to its disposal to ease your waste management.

 

Guide to Responsible Computer Recycling and Disposal 

An Environmental Protection Agency report shows that over 142,000 computers find their way into landfills and incinerators every day. While some are recycled, they contribute significantly to the fastest growing segments in the solid waste stream. Unfortunately, the current rate of e-waste and computer recycling is not promising enough. Therefore, there’s an increasing need for a domestic and global solution for e-waste disposal and recycling.

What is Computer Recycling

Pile of Old ComputersComputer recycling is the reuse or reprocessing of laptops and computer desktops that have become obsolete or dysfunctional. Computer recycling aims to reduce landfills, promote human and environmental health, and conserve non-renewable resources. Computers and their parts contain silicon, cadmium, lead, hexavalent chromium, and mercury, which can be harmful to human health and the environment.

The Importance of Computer Recycling

When computers and other e-waste materials find their way into landfills, the toxic chemicals leach into the soil. They cause ground and water pollution, putting human, animal, and plant life at risk. Computer recycling prevents this from happening, as computers are put to better use.

Computer recycling also helps save energy. The devices contain valuable components that serve as raw materials for other products. Consequently, fewer raw materials are derived from nature in the creation of new devices. This goes a long way in reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

Reusing electronics is also beneficial to the less fortunate people in the community. By giving the computers a new life, you benefit people who would otherwise not afford the gadgets in their new form.

What is the Process of Computer Recycling?

Computer recycling follows a general but well-elaborated process. In the computer recycling facilities, the following happens:

  1. Collection

Recycling companies collect unwanted or obsolete computers from their owners or computer collection points. Each collection center operates differently depending on the collection policies in place. While some recyclers pay the owners of the computers, others charge for the disposal service. Most computer manufacturing recyclers trade in old computers in exchange for new ones at a small cost to reduce the environmental footprint.

  1. Sorting

All the computers brought to the computer recycling center are manually sorted by type. This is before they proceed into the more advanced stages of reuse and processing. All computers with cathode ray tubes (CRT) are processed in one line and the rest in another.

  1. Testing

The next stage involves testing the computers for potential reuse. If a machine is still in reasonably good working condition, the parts are upgraded and brought up to speed. After refurbishing, the computers are sold or given away as donations. The upgrading involves memory wipe and enhancive repairs to make the computers as good as new.

  1. Manual Disassembly

After checking for possible reuse, the computers are taken apart if the repair costs outweigh the benefits of reuse. The recyclers take the essential computer elements like sound and graphic cards, speakers, circuit board, hard disks, keyboards, circuit board, and DVD drives. Only highly qualified personnel are responsible for this process to ensure the quality of the components is maintained.

They can then sell the functional components to second-hand consumers or computer manufacturers for reuse. In some cases, the components may be dismantled further into plastics, circuit boards, ferrous and non-ferrous materials, and CRTs. CRTs are hazardous and should be handled in specialized facilities.

  1. Data Destruction

All the derived hard drives and processors are then crashed in a ten-ton process. This ensures all data is destroyed and can’t be retrieved. Next, the destroyed parts are prepared for use in the automotive industry as aluminum ingots.

  1. Separation into Material Composition

The pieces that remain after the useful and hazardous elements have been harvested are shredded by material composition. The metallic parts, plastic shells, pieces of wire, and circuit boards are separated and shredded. The debris goes through screening techniques to check for any valuable components. Any precious metals like silver, gold, iron, or copper are recovered from the debris through smelting.

  1. Reuse

Each material recovered from the computer recycling process finds its way to its respective secondary material recycler for further processing. They come in handy in the manufacture of new products. For example, steel manufacturers use the recovered metallic parts to make steel and other materials. The same happens for plastics and every other valuable component.

Responsible Computer Recycling Best Practices

Before recycling your computer, ensure you protect yourself by wiping off the components of your drive completely. Doing so will prevent identity theft and other cybersecurity crimes. As such, ensure you backup your data.

If you have important information you don’t want to lose, ensure you create a copy in an external storage device or cloud storage. Crucial information you shouldn’t forget to back up include:

  • Picture, music, movies, documents, and anything else entertaining
  • Browser data like bookmarks, logins, and passwords
  • Email for programs like Thunderbird or Outlook
  • Program data like bibliography tools, games, image editing software
  • Fonts if you have installed any additional ones
  • Serial numbers and registration keys as losing them could cost you money

You also should wipe out private data by overwriting or shredding the hard drive. Put all the other useful parts into good use instead of trashing them.

Final Thoughts

Computer recycling is an excellent approach to reducing land and water pollution caused by toxic e-waste. When you choose to recycle rather than throw away obsolete or computers you no longer need, you also help conserve energy. Repurposed computers are also beneficial to the community as they benefit the less fortunate population. If you need help with computer recycling, reach out to an electronic waste disposal company to do it for you.

Debris Removal: The Beginners’ Guide to Junk Disposal

Everyone has some junk lying around the home at one point or another. You very well know how cumbersome clutter can be especially when moving to a new house. At that point, junk disposal becomes inevitable. You can dispose of junk through donations, recycling, or disposing the items you no longer need.

Sometimes, the job becomes too big that you don’t know where to start. It can even get more complicated if you live in a jurisdiction with strict laws governing junk disposal procedures. That’s where this guide comes in handy to help you. Keep reading for insights on how to be practical in junk disposal for the best results.

What Is Junk disposal?

Piles of Garbage in White BagsJunk disposal is part of the decluttering process that focuses on disposing of junk the right way. In America, junk disposal is a growing segment of the cleaning industry, worth about $49 billion.  Several junk disposal companies exist, where they pick trash from your home and dispose of it in designated and environmentally safe areas.

The process plays an integral part in conserving the environment and extending the life of natural resources. Most junk hauling companies have a green initiative or environmental commitment that represents their recycling goals.

When done correctly, junk disposal benefits everyone that would rather focus on refreshed space. Whether at home or in the office, a decluttered area always positively impacts the quality of life and productivity.

Types of Junk, Waste, Debris

If you intend to get rid of junk without the involvement of a junk hauling company, there’s no denying that you’re likely to heap everything together. While this is the easiest thing to do, it’s not necessarily the safest or eco-friendliest. Therefore, it’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the various categories that junk falls into before setting out to dispose of it.

Household Trash and General Waste

This category comprises everything you’d put in your waste bin, including garbage, packaging materials, and broken toys. Under normal circumstances, this type of waste is handled by the waste hauler’s curbside collection service. However, it may call for additional services in hoarding situations, special events that generate a lot of trash, and foreclosure cleanups.

You may dispose of such waste by yourself depending on the proximity to the landfill. However, the services of a professional junk disposal company are essential when dealing with appliances that contain lead-acid batteries, Freon, paints, fluorescent bulbs, and other hazardous wastes like:

  • Car batteries
  • Liquids like motor oil and flammable liquids
  • Light bulbs
  • Medicines
  • Explosives
  • Recyclables
  • Tires
  • Asbestos
  • Mold
  • Lead paint
  • E-waste like phones, tablets, DVD players

Construction and Demolition Debris

Residential and commercial construction or demolition projects call for the services of a junk disposal company. In some cities in the U.S., junk from construction and demolition should be dropped at designated landfill facilities for separation and recycling.

Waste in this category includes:

  • Concrete is heavy and dense and should be disposed of in a roll-off dumpster
  • Roofing shingles which are usually recycled in most municipalities and should not be mixed with other debris
  • Wood/lumber that can be recycled if salvaged the right way
  • Carpeting
  • Wood or laminate flooring that is in most cases easy to salvage
  • Sidings such as cedar and vinyl siding is best disposed of in a dumpster
  • Kitchen or bathroom renovation including tubs, cabinets, sinks, toilets, floors, and countertops
  • Metals like steel, copper, and aluminum are best recycled

Yard Waste

Yard waste is organic and is best disposed of by composting. However, sometimes dumpsters and junk disposal companies can help with disposal at the proper facilities. Waste in this category includes bush trimmings, tree limbs, large logs, and grass clippings. In general, you shouldn’t mix it with general waste.

Ensure you check with your state laws as some jurisdictions have made it mandatory to have a yard waste compost. Disposing it at the municipal landfill may be against the law, so check with the authorities beforehand.

Appliances

Your home’s junk appliances are best handled by a junk disposal company, especially when renovating or demolishing your home. Examples of junk appliances are microwaves, kitchen stoves, dishwashers, dryers, washers, and refrigerators. You may also consider donating them to charitable organizations if they’re still in good working condition. Alternatively, you can sell them on specific online marketplaces like Craigslist.

Approaches to Junk disposal/ DIY or Hire

Where junk disposal is concerned, the age-old question is always whether to DIY or hire someone else to do it. If you choose to do it yourself, ensure you familiarize yourself with the appropriate disposal procedures and relevant information. Check the internet for easy topics like environment-friendly waste disposal, best junk disposal practices, recycling ideas, and DIY guides. Ensure you also practice the appropriate habits of handling trash and junk like recycling, composting, donating, or hauling.

Alternatively, you may want to invest in a professional service if the job is too much for you. If you face challenges in getting rid of waste, a professional service company will be the next best option. Most are available online, and you can check their services and charges before hiring them.

Final Thoughts

Junk disposal is an essential job for any home or property owner. Familiarizing with the various categories of junk is crucial before attempting any DIY junk disposal strategies. With the correct measures in place, it’s easy for anyone to improve their waste disposal regime. If the task is too much to handle on your own, hire the services of a professional junk disposal company near you.

Junk King Sonoma
1364 N. McDowell Blvd
Petaluma, CA 94954
Hours: M-Sa: 8A-5P

Providing junk removal services to the Sonoma area, including:

Annapolis
Cloverdale
Cotati
Fulton
Geyserville
Glen Ellen
Graton
Healdsburg
Kenwood
Penngrove
Petaluma
Rohnert Park
Santa Rosa
Sebastopol
Sonoma
Windsor
and these nearby zip codes:
94928, 94931, 94951, 94952, 94954, 95401, 95403, 95404, 95405, 95407, 95409, 95412, 95425, 95439, 95441, 95442, 95444, 95448, 95452, 95472, 95476, 95492