Junk 2018: Stuff People Actually Throw Away!

Junk 2018:  Stuff People Actually Throw Away!

In the junk removal business, we come across some of the dirtiest, coolest and weirdest stuff!  Looking back on 2018, it didn’t let us down.

Here are a few things we hauled away this year:

  1. Brand New Furniture:  You wouldn’t believe the furniture we have hauled away that was literally brand new.  This is everything from recliners to beds to dining tables.  It’s hard to believe people would want to get of these things!

    Junk Removal
    Junk Removal
  2. Snakes:  Okay, so this one wasn’t intentional, but it happened.  During a large house clean out project, somehow we loaded a four foot long snake into the trailer with us.  We were unaware until we almost stepped on it!

    Junk Removal Snake
    Junk Removal Snake
  3. Dead Rats:  When property sits vacant, it is inviting to all kinds of critters.  During one of our estate clean outs, we uncovered some of the worst piles of dead rats and mice.  The best way to handle this is to hold your breath and clear them out quickly!  Nobody said this work would be easy.
  4. Feces:  As you can imagine, this kind of goes along with number 3.  The properties we clean up often become homes to squatters.  As a squatter, they defacate anywhere they please.
  5. Lawn Equipment and Tools:  This stuff is my favorite!  A lot of the garages and sheds we clean out to demo are full of junk.  Some of this junk happens to be tools and other miscellaneous equipment.  When it comes to tools, I have a large collection that we have hauled away for our customers.  Examples of some items are a riding lawn tractor, push mowers, grinders, drills, dollies, tool boxes, wrenches, shovels, hammers, flashlights, weedeaters, etc.  It’s hard to call these items junk, but as the ol’ cliche saying goes, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!
Lawn Care Services
Lawn Care Services

Our disposal processes are top-notch to prevent as much waste as possible from ending up in our landfills.  We donate, keep, sell and recycle what we can before the remainder of the load is thrown away at the landfill.

As we roll into 2019, I’m sure we’ll come across some more cool, weird and dirty junk, but we wouldn’t change a thing!

If you would like to discuss our estate clean outs, hoarder house clean outs, garage, shed, attic or other junk removal services, feel free to call or text (309) 255-8402.

What Separates Our Junk Hauling Services From Other Disposal Options?

What Separates Our Junk Hauling Services From Other Disposal Options?

Our Junk Hauling Services Advantage

  1. We have the space to sort and separate the items we pick up with our junk hauling services to keep stuff out of the landfill.  We have the storage to hold materials for recycling and donating.
  2. Our junk hauling equipment is commercial grade. It’s designed for a lot of weight and volume to get jobs done quickly and safely.  Our hauling equipment includes a Chevrolet Silverado 2500, Big Tex 14lx Dump Trailer and a Doolittle Utility Trailer.
  3. We are experienced junk haulers, so we are capable of solving any problems that may arise, such as getting a piano out of your basement or a desk that’s too large for door ways. We always bring the tools necessary to dismantle or demo large items, so we can safely get the junk and trash out of your house.
  4. We take care of all the behind the scenes leg work, such as loading, hauling, sorting, recycling, donating, unloading and disposal. Different materials require different methods of disposal, so we take care to make sure everything is disposed of properly.
  5. We accept and haul almost everything, including:
    • Furniture
    • Appliances
    • Yard Waste
    • Construction Debris
    • Office Furniture
    • Commercial Waste and Debris
    • Tires
    • Paint
    • Electronics
    • Scrap & Metal
    • General Trash
    • Commercial Furniture
    • Shingles
    • And Much More!
  6. We also offer hauling services to help you with dirt and gravel.

Our junk hauling services are all-inclusive to complete your project from start to finish – you don’t have to lift a finger!

To schedule an estimate:

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Lawn Maintenance Service: What to Expect from the Pros

Hiring a lawn maintenance service is an easy way to save you time and money.  It takes a lot of time to mow and maintain your lawn equipment.  So, what should you expect from the professionals?

What is a lawn maintenance service?

A lawn maintenance service is a company that provides professional and experienced lawn care services to residential and commercial customers.  Lawn care services can mean a variety of things, such as:

  • Mowing, Trimming & Edging
  • Mulching
  • Tree Trimming
  • Weed Removal
  • Shrub / Bush Trimming
  • Leaf Clean Up and Removal
  • Flower Bed Design & Other Light Landscaping Services

The specific services a lawn maintenance service offers will vary from company to company.

What is the lawn maintenance service process?

Lawn maintenance service companies typically follow a similar routine:

  1. Clean up / remove any obstructions from the property, including trash, brush, limbs, objects, etc.
  2. Mow the bulk of the property
  3. Trim around obstructions, objects and other tight areas
  4. Edge all sidewalks and driveways
  5. Blow the grass and debris off of all concrete and roadways

What is the cost to hire a lawn maintenance service?

The cost to hire the professionals is dependent on the following factors:

  • Size of the property
  • Location of the property
  • Obstructions, such as signs, trees, buildings, etc.
  • Frequency of the service, i.e. weekly or biweekly

Though it’s not all-inclusive, depending on the company, other factors could be considered.

Most lawn maintenance service companies have a minimum fee based on certain criteria.  This minimum fee is typically in the $25-30 range per cut.  The price a company gives you is all-inclusive of mowing, trimming, edging and blowing, but always confirm this before hiring a company to prevent potential conflict.

What do lawn maintenance service companies charge for yard clean up?

Since there are so many variables to yard clean ups, it’s best to ask your local companies.  Leaf removal, tree and shrub trimming and weed removal are commonly priced based on an hourly rate.  It’s common for companies to charge $40-90 per hour depending on the job and the number of people necessary to get it done.  Professional and experienced companies can give you an all-inclusive price by discussing the job with you.  They are experienced enough to know how long it will take.

Mulching jobs are priced per job as well.  Most lawn maintenance service companies price mulching by the cubic yard.  The cubic yard rate includes delivery and installation.  The professionals will measure and calculate the mulch required and give you an upfront price.

Other landscaping tasks, such as flower bed design and patios are strictly priced per job since there are so many factors to consider.  These jobs require extreme detail and customer direction to price the job.

Many people enjoy and prefer to maintain their own lawn and property, but for others, the professionals are the best choice.  This guide will help you determine the best option for your situation.

Waste Removal Service: How does it work?

Everybody has junk.  It’s a continuous part of life and living.  Sometimes your junk and debris is beyond what your regular trash pickup can handle.  If you don’t have a truck and trailer, the time or manpower, then a waste removal service is a great option.

What is a waste removal service?

A waste removal service is a company that offers to get rid of anything you don’t want for a fee.  This includes everything from a single-item pickup to a full house clean out.  They take the items from wherever they are on your property and responsibly dispose of everything.

How does a waste removal service work?

Most waste removal service companies offer free estimates to potential customers.  So when you know what you want to get rid of, there are three simple steps to the process:

  1. Schedule a free estimate
  2. If you’re happy with the estimate, you may schedule the job or ask them to clean it up right away
  3. They will take your junk and clean up behind them

Hiring a waste removal service is that easy.  The professionals make getting rid of your junk simple.  They take care of the process from start to finish.

What materials do they accept?

Junk is classified into several categories, such as:

  • Solids
  • Liquids
  • Hazardous
  • General Trash
  • Recyclables
  • Electronics
  • Paints
  • Tires
  • Construction Debris
  • Yard Waste
  • Metals

Waste removal services typically accept everything, except hazardous materials due to strict laws and regulations on handling and disposal.  Hazardous materials include uncommon materials such as animal blood, explosives, poison and gas.

Common household contents and goods are acceptable, including furniture, trash, electronics, construction debris, etc.  Some items may be limited due to special recycling.

How much does a waste removal service cost?

Pricing is highly dependent on the company near you and geographic location.  Pricing is generally based on volume (how much space the material takes up).  This is a pretty straightforward method of pricing for any junk removal company.  The common price range is anywhere between a $50 minimum for single-item removals, all the way up to $550 for a full load (18 cubic yards).

Additional fees may be incurred due to specific items, such as tires, paints, electronics or dense materials like dirt and concrete.  The disposal costs incurred by a junk removal company are dependent upon the weight of the materials and recycling fees for special items.

A reputable company will offer free estimates and an upfront, all-inclusive cost to complete your project.  You should always hold your provider to their quoted price for the job.

What do they do with my junk?

Typically, waste removal services will sort and separate materials based on the category it falls into, such as:

  • Reusable Items
  • Special Items (Tires, paint, electronics, yard waste)
  • Recyclable Items (Based on resources available to them)
  • Junk / Trash

Reusable items can be sold or donated to a local church or organization.  Special items are items that require special handling and disposal.  Recyclable items will vary from company to company due to recycling resources available to them.  The junk or trash is dumped at a landfill or transfer station for disposal.  Recycling and donating items will help keep the provider’s disposal fees to a minimum.

Waste removal service companies are a great resource and option for projects you don’t want to tackle.  Our guide will help you through the process of hiring a waste removal company.

Lawn Mower Maintenance: What you need to know!

Mowing and maintaining your lawn is a pretty cut and dry task. Maintaining the equipment that cuts your grass isn’t so straightforward though.
Lawn mower maintenance will keep your equipment running smoothly and extend its useful life.
There are several different types of mowers, this focuses on the most common gas motors.
Our guide will help you build your maintenance checklist so your lawn mower will run at peak performance.

Keep It Clean

An important part of lawn mower maintenance is keeping your equipment clean. When you mow your lawn, grass and debris sticks to your equipment. The deck should be cleaned after each cut. This prevents wear due to build up.

Change the Oil

As with any motor, lawn mowers require oil. Oil cycles through the motor to keep moving parts lubricated. As this oil cycles, it wears down and gets dirty. Lawn mowers need their oil changed every 50 hours at a minimum. Don’t forget about replacing the oil filter. As dirty oil cycles through the filter, it builds up gunk too.

Clean the Air Filter

The air filter clears the air that gets pulled into the motor. When you’re mowing your grass, a lot of debris gets tossed into the air. So, these filters get dirty quickly. Take them out and replace them or blow them off using an air compressor attachment.

Replace the Spark Plug

Gas motors require a spark from the spark plug to start the mower. This component of the mower will need replaced about once per year.

Sharpen Your Blades

If the tip of your grass looks like your mower is ripping or tearing it rather than cutting it, then it’s time to sharpen your blades or replace them with new ones. How often you should sharpen or replace your lawn mower blades is dependent upon its use. As you regularly mow your lawn, take 20 seconds to check a couple blades of grass for tearing. If the blades look torn or shredded, then it’s time to take off the blades. To sharpen, all you need is a vice and a grinder. Using the grinder, you can put a sharp edge back on the blade.

Grease the Moving Parts

Many mowers have several moving parts that require grease. These spots have grease zerks. Grease zerks are used by grease guns to fill the reservoir with grease.
To keep up with your lawn mower maintenance, use a checklist. Keep a checklist for each piece of equipment to prevent skipping your lawn mower maintenance routine. If you keep up with your mower’s maintenance, you should have a strong running machine for years to come.