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How Big of a Dumpster Do You Need to Clean Out Your Basement?

Kurt Anderson • 07/26/2022

Summertime is a great time to finally get to all of the cleaning projects you never got around to during your spring cleaning. Great News – Bin There Dump That is here to help!

Besides removing unsightly clutter, a basement cleanout can make for a happier, healthier, and safer home. Along with clutter comes safety concerns and frustration. The larger the mess, the more likely it is for falls to happen which may lead to serious injury. The dust builds up, causing possible respiratory issues and accumulation will attract unwanted pests like mice, rats, and cockroaches, leaving even more mess in their wake.

Cleaner air in your home will reduce allergies, improve sleep quality, and improve the anxiety caused by chaos. Before you get started, it is essential to know what tools you’ll need to complete your project, and a roll-off dumpster is likely on the list.

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What Size Roll-Off Dumpster Rental Do you Need for your Project?

Choosing the right size dumpster for your cleanout can be daunting. Getting one that’s too small can result in costly overage charges, and something too large will get the job done but will result in unnecessary costs.

Rolloff dumpsters are measured in cubic yards, the most common sizes being 10, 20, 30, and 40-yard. But it’s not only a question of what will fit in the space but what type of materials are you disposing of from your home?

Rolloff dumpsters have weight limits. Though a 20-yard dumpster may hold 10 tons, the weight limit is likely around 4 tons. Many trucks aren’t capable of hauling more than this, and the dumpster rental company pays the dump fees. Without limitations, the rental cost would be much higher to offset the additional charges, and these costs would be passed on to you, the customer.

Depending on the size of your cleanout, you’ll likely need a 10 to 20-yard dumpster. Here’s what you can expect from each.

What Fits in a 10-yard Dumpster?

A 10-yard roll-off dumpster is attractive for its lower cost and compact size. It’s also good to note that 10-yarders may come in different shapes and dimensions to fit your driveway or area of choice better. They are an excellent option for smaller jobs, like 1,500 square feet of roof shingles, 2,000 square feet of floor removal, or a small basement cleanout.

What Fits in a 20-yard Dumpster?

A 20-yard dumpster is the most common size and is excellent for larger projects. It will hold a 300-400 square foot deck removal within weight limits, 2,500-3,000 square foot single layer roof shingles, and a significant basement cleanout.

What’s the Size Difference Between a Small and Large Cleanout?

Referring to a basement cleanout as small or large is somewhat ambiguous, depending on the amount and type of materials you plan to remove. The following will give you an idea of everyday materials and their weight to compare them to your situation.

One cubic yard of solid concrete weighs approximately 4,000 pounds (2 tons), one cubic yard of furniture weighs around 300 pounds, and one cubic yard of outdoor brush and tree limbs weighs about 250 pounds.

Call the Experts

Though we’ve given you some great tips to estimate what size is best for your situation, we still recommend contacting the experts in roll-off dumpster rentals at Bin There Done That Atlanta. We are ready to answer any questions you have, saving you both time and money!

About The Author Kurt Anderson

We have provided clean and green dumpsters to the Metro Atlanta area since 2012 we take great pride in our family first approach. We have lived, grown, and raised our children here in Atlanta, and love being able to work in such a great community. Same-day dumpster delivery and 100% driveway protection are just a couple of the traits that separate this family-owned business from other dumpster providers in Atlanta!



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