Ask Angela: How can we prepare a construction site for summer storms?

Angela Phillips has been with ZTERS for nearly a decade and answers your questions here on the website. Have a question? Reach out through our Facebook page or DM us on Instagram or Twitter.

Dear Angela, it seems like summer storms catch us by surprise each year and we lose time and money from materials being damaged or flooding and water damage to the site. Is there anything we can do to prep the site in advance?

Thanks for your question. Every year we help people recovering from summer storms, whether it’s extra dumpsters and porta potties or storage containers and temporary office trailers. There are a few things you can do to prep your site in early summer to help mitigate damage from extreme weather. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Secure your materials. We know lumber and material costs have been out of control for the last year, so you may already be storing all your supplies in locked storage containers. If you’re not, invest in enough storage to house all your tools and supplies. Containers aren’t completely weatherproof, but they do go a long way toward keeping your materials and tools safe and dry during the hot, wet summer months.
  • Properly install dumpsters and storage containers. On a related note, make sure you’ve installed your dumpsters and containers on concrete, gravel, a plywood base, or some kind of level, hard surface. We’ve seen too many examples of people placing dumpsters and containers on bare, dry ground only to have them sink inches or feet into mud after a hard rain. Good luck getting a full storage container out of the mud. You’ll be waiting weeks — and paying rental fees that whole time — waiting for the ground to dry out enough to move the dumpster or container.
  • Keep the area clean. Strong winds can turn anything into a projectile, and a construction site is full of potential dangers. Make sure crews are keeping the site clean and do a “storm check” at the end of every day. Even small items can be picked up by a gust of wind and cause damage or harm in a strong storm. Pack everything away in storage containers or in trucks at the end of each day.
  • Make a plan for flooding. It’s pretty much inevitable there’s going to be at least one storm per summer that causes flooding. Have a plan and communicate it to everyone on your team. This might include always having sandbags on hand, having extra plywood for boarding up windows, having a water pump on site, and making sure you have a written plan for checking on crew members after a storm. Part of your plan should be assigning post-storm responsibilities, including someone who can check on the jobsite as soon as it’s safe, and a first-response crew to handle debris removal and water pump operation, if needed.

Most importantly, stay on top of the weather. You mentioned storms have caught you by surprise in the past, and that’s not uncommon. Set up weather alerts on your phone or tablet and keep an eye out for potential flooding dangers. With some prep work and planning, you can help your crew and your site recover from summer storms.

When summer weather hits, you can always call your ZTERS account manager to help source additional dumpsters, toilets, and other services when you need them. We’ll do our best to get you back up and running when the danger has passed. 

No Portable Toilet Rentals? Here are Alternatives

It’s summer 2021, after a pandemic year, and everyone’s excited to get back to outdoor festivals, fun runs, and just plain having a good time with family reunions and camping adventures. If you’re one of the hundreds of planners organizing an outdoor event, you may have just found out there are no portable toilet rentals until September – or later. How is this possible?

Summer is always a busy time for porta potty rentals, but several states are experiencing portable toilet backlogs in 2021 that will last through October. Here’s a brief explainer on why this is happening and what you can do if you can’t get a delivery when you need it.

Why is there a shortage of portable toilet rentals?

Summer is a busy time even in a regular year. Summer festivals. Fun runs. Construction projects. DIY. There is always an increase in demand for portable toilet rentals in summer. In 2021, though, there are more reasons for shortages.

  • Labor shortage. It’s an incredibly competitive hiring market in the waste services industry right now. A shortage of qualified workers means companies sometimes don’t have enough drivers or service personnel to deliver, pickup and service all the units as quickly as they can in slower times.
  • Rise in materials costs. Some of our haulers are telling us they’re seeing a rise of more than 300% in the cost of materials – including the cost of new porta potties and replacement parts – and delivery wait times are six months or longer due to ongoing supply chain delays.
  • Demand is high. People are ready to be outside and socializing again, and there’s an increase in demand for portable toilets and toilet trailers.

Now that you know what makes 2021 an unusual year, what are your porta potty alternatives?

Alternatives to portable toilet rentals

You may have seen the plastic five-gallon camping toilets you can carry with you on backpacking trips. A quick search for “portable camping toilets” will bring up a variety of options designed for easy, pack-and-carry convenience. There are styles that feature a regular toilet seat on a plastic container. There are also styles that look like folding chairs with plastic bags underneath. While these are certainly options, and they’re readily available from any camping retailer, you do have other options.

Composting toilets look more like regular toilets (though smaller) and they have the benefit of feeling a little sturdier when you’re seated. There is no water in composting toilets, which might make them easier to transport.

There are also flushable camping toilets (sometimes these are marketed as portable RV toilets) that have water tanks to give you more of a traditional toilet experience. However, keep in mind this may use a lot of water depending on the number of guests. If eco-friendliness is a concern, look into waterless camping toilet options. There are many on the market.

One of the benefits of these portable camping options is you can purchase a pre-made camping toilet tent (yes, you can pick these up from a camping retailer), or get creative and make your own privacy tent. How about a privacy fence with flowers and a string of outdoor, solar-powered lights? You can get creative with it.

Traditional outdoor toilet solutions

Let’s be honest, a public park is not going to let you build an outhouse (although, if it’s private property and the owner gives you permission, an outhouse is easy to build). However, most parks will open their locked bathroom facilities, where available, for an extra fee.

Call the park ranger’s office, or the city recreation department, depending on who manages the park or public space. Ask if they have restrooms available for an extra fee – most do, and most will send someone to open and close the bathrooms while you’re there. They may not be glamorous, and your guests may have to take a hike to get to them, but at least there will be facilities available.

No matter the year or the circumstance, summer is a busy season for outdoor events. Make sure you call and book portable toilets (and fencing, storage containers, and any other services you need) as early as possible. Even if your area is booked solid, you can still use these ideas to keep your event on track.

Give us a call when planning your next outdoor event and get all your waste services booked with one call and one streamlined invoice. Enjoy the summer!

How to Host an Environmentally Friendly Outdoor Event

Going green is important, and that extends to environmentally friendly outdoor events. You may not realize it, but there are several things you can do to make your next outdoor event more eco-friendly. Simple steps like the ones here will help you reduce your reliance on fossil fuels, create an environmentally friendly event, and even achieve your sustainability goals. Get started with these tips.

Offer Group Transportation

Are the majority of the event participants coming from one part of town or will they be flying in around the same time? Offer group transportation to cut back on carbon emissions and reduce everyone’s carbon footprint. Depending on the size of the group, you can arrange for an event van to pick everyone up from one centralized location or arrange for it to pick them up from their hotels and homes. For smaller groups, you can arrange a shared ride in an SUV. As a bonus, no one has to worry about being a designated driver! Group transportation is more than just environmentally friendly – it also gives people a chance to socialize and enjoy themselves without the stress of driving.

Ask About Green Certifications

Many outdoor event venues now boast green certifications. This is especially true with caterers and companies that provide audiovisual equipment rentals. When hiring vendors, ask them if they have green certifications or check their website to find out if they’ve made a public commitment to reduce their carbon impact. Sustainability certifications require vendors to meet a set of criteria, and you can ask them directly about their green efforts. Look for vendors and companies who find ways to reduce their environmental impact.

Use Digital Invitations

What if you didn’t have to spend money on printed invitations for your event? Use digital invitations instead! There are so many digital invitation platforms these days. You’ll have many design options to choose from, including fun animated designs and instant RSVP options that let you know right away how many people to expect. And you can do more than just invite people. Write a newsletter, include fun GIFS, advertise for your event through paid advertising online (if it’s a public event), or even send text messages. Digital invitations are more than just green. They’re also effective! Overall, 85% of Americans go online on a daily basis, so you can be sure your invite will arrive in their inbox (and not get lost in the mail). 

Use Green Products and Utensils

Reusable utensils and dishes are becoming more common for outdoor events and so are utensils made from recycled materials. There are even compostable table linens, plates, and utensils in some areas. When ordering products for your event, look for products that are reusable, compostable or made from recycled materials. If you need single-use linens or utensils, purchase products that can be recycled or will biodegrade quickly when they’re thrown away. 

Go Green with Portable Toilets 

The number of portable toilets you should have at your event depends on the number of people attending and how many hours they’ll be there. Did you know you can save water by ordering the right number of porta potties? Conversely, you’ll waste water and possibly over-pollute if you order the wrong number. Work with a reputable and honest waste provider to ensure you get the right number for your event. While you’re ordering portable toilets, water-free hand sanitation stations save water while ensuring guests can keep their hands clean.  

Don’t Forget Recycling Bins

When scheduling your waste services, ask about recycling bins for your event. Even if it’s a small event, you can create your own recycling bins by clearly labeling bins to differentiate them from regular garbage. Some waste vendors will supply you with recycling bins and even composting bins for food waste (although these are still somewhat rare). If you want to go the extra mile, provide separate bins for glass, paper, food waste, and metal recycling and label each bin. Check with your waste provider to find out what kinds of event recycling are available in your area. We work with planners nationwide to help coordinate event trash and recycling pickup, so we can help you get this sorted.   

Waste disposal is one of the first lines of defense when it comes to protecting the environment. If you’re planning an outdoor event – no matter the season – give us a call to schedule all your dumpster, event fencing, and storage rentals.  

5 Ways to Help Prevent Construction Theft

Rapidly rising lumber prices present a major problem for construction companies – finding effective ways to prevent construction theft. The National Association of Home Builders estimates lumber costs went up more than 200% from 2020 to 2021, and that’s in addition to higher costs for other building supplies. When there’s a high premium on materials, theft prevention becomes a top priority. Here’s how to improve construction security on your job site.

Install Fencing

Temporary fencing is the first line of defense on a construction site. Whether it’s a post-driven temporary fence or panel fencing, it’s important to secure the area. Accessories such as privacy screening, or wind screen, and barbed wire can add additional security, depending on the site. Not sure how much fencing to rent? We’ve got a temporary fencing calculator to help you easily find out the number of linear feet to order.

Security Cameras

Custom builds have been using advanced security camera systems for years. Cameras used to be seen as an unnecessary expense on small projects, but a good camera system is an effective theft deterrent. It can also be used as evidence. Companies that specialize in construction security cameras are commonplace now, and we can help you find the right solution for your site. As a bonus, many systems let you monitor the site remotely 24/7, so you always know what’s going on. You can even set up access for engineers and building owners to view progress in real time.

Alarm Systems

An alarm system can be used with or without a camera system, although you’ll get the best protection when they’re used together. Just like camera systems, you can hire a company to wire alarm systems that detect motion. Alarm systems can alert you and the authorities if someone is on the property after hours. Some companies will set up an external and internal home security system while you build, so the new owner can use the same system after construction. 

Add Lighting

Going hand in glove with cameras and alarms, motion detected lighting systems are also a good way to deter thieves. With so many LED and energy efficient options on the market, have dusk-to-dawn lighting systems installed for the duration of the build. Just like alarm systems, you can incorporate security lighting into a system during the build and the new owner will have a fully functional lighting, alarm, and camera system upon move-in. The cost of the system can be incorporated into the cost of the building.

Secure Storage

When materials are expensive, it’s not a good idea to leave them unprotected, even if there’s a security system. Storage containers provide secure, weatherproof protection that can be locked overnight to add an additional theft deterrent. If the security system is breached, it will still be difficult for them to break into secured storage containers. It also adds the benefit of protection from the elements, and you won’t need to store materials off-site each night.

No matter the size of your job site, we can help you get what you need to secure your materials. From temporary fencing to storage containers, get what you need with one phone call – and minimize the risk of theft. We can even bundle your portable toilets and dumpsters. Give us a call to schedule rentals for your next worksite.

3 Ways to Destroy a Dumpster

Your crew might think that roll-off on your worksite is indestructible, but it’s easier than you think to destroy a dumpster. And if your crew damages a roll-off rental, you could see thousands of dollars in damage and replacement fees. Before you get dinged with unexpected damage fees, here are the three most common ways people destroy dumpsters on a jobsite. They may be made of steel and capable of hauling tons of weight (literally), but it’s actually pretty easy to do permanent damage to a roll-off. Here’s what to watch out for.

#1: Add too much weight.

Let’s say you rent a dumpster that can hold 10 cubic yards of waste. But you didn’t mention to the hauler that you’re throwing out concrete and brick, so they didn’t factor in the extra weight of the materials. Heavy materials like concrete and brick require special consideration due to the load’s added weight. If you don’t factor in the weight, it can’t be loaded on the truck it because it’s too heavy. Worse yet, it’s possible the dumpster’s sides and door will warp from the weight. This can cause the latch to break, so it can’t be latched onto the truck.

The best-case scenario here is you can manually empty the dumpster to create smaller batches. Worst-case scenario, the dumpster will bend, deform, and potentially be irreparably damaged if you attempt to move it. Any time you have heavy materials like concrete, bricks or dirt, make sure you tell your hauler and choose the right size.    

#2: Use a forklift.

So many people think this moving a dumpster with a forklift is a good idea, and it never is. Make sure everyone in the crew hears this message: Do not move a dumpster with a forklift. It doesn’t matter how small the dumpster is. It doesn’t matter how skilled the forklift driver is. It doesn’t matter how many people swear they’ve successfully moved a dumpster with a forklift, and it worked out fine. Do yourself a favor and don’t risk the damage.

More often than not, when people try to move dumpsters with forklifts, they end up poking holes into the side of the dumpster. It’s easier to do than you think. And once the dumpster has holes, it has to be welded or replaced. Welding can cost up to a thousand dollars, and replacement will usually be triple that (or more). If you need your roll-off moved after it’s been delivered, just give your hauler a call. They can safely move it with the right equipment, and a relocation fee is a lot less expensive than replacing the whole dumpster.

#3: Don’t prepare.

This one might seem obvious, but if it was, people wouldn’t have dumpsters stuck in the mud for six weeks during rainy season. Before your dumpster arrives, properly prepare the installation space. Ideally, the dumpster should sit on a level paved or hard surface that will be easy for the roll-off delivery truck to access. Don’t put it in a field on the bare ground. No matter how dry or level it seems, all it takes is one moderate rainstorm and the dumpster will sink into mud. A truck won’t be able to pull it out until everything is fully dry, which could take days or weeks. You’ll get stuck paying for the extra rental time, and the dumpster could be damaged if you try to move it too soon.

What if your jobsite is in a rural area where there are no roads or paved surfaces? Create a dumpster “place mat” with plywood or gravel (grate), or both, to give the dumpster some elevation from potential mud. This will also help with traction when delivering and servicing the dumpster.

Damaging or destroying a dumpster can cost you several thousand dollars in repair or replacement fees. Play it safe and avoid these common pitfalls with your next rental. If you have questions about renting and placing dumpsters on your jobsite, give us a call. We’re here to help you get the most out of your dumpster rentals.

Ask Angela: Can you put a dumpster over a septic tank?

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website.

Dear Angela, we’ve got limited space on our worksite. Can we put a dumpster over a septic tank?

Hey, there. I’m really glad you asked this question because we’ve had a few customers over the years who have discovered there’s a very costly answer. Basically, no, we don’t advise it. And I’m going to tell you why.

First of all, any time you’re doing work near a septic tank you need to be very careful what you place on or near the tank. They aren’t built to withstand the weight of a dumpster, or even a storage container. You shouldn’t even park on them, to be honest.

If your site has a septic tank, make sure it’s clearly marked so your crew doesn’t accidentally park or drive heavy equipment over it. In fact, it’s a good idea to put up some temporary fencing or orange safety fencing just to make sure everyone knows it’s there.

Second, make sure you order an extra porta potty or two depending on the size of your crew. Most septic tanks are built for families – we’re talking five or six people max – so it’s almost guaranteed you’ll have issues if you’ve got a whole crew trying to use bathrooms hooked to that septic tank.

We’ve had customers who didn’t take this advice and ended up with a backed-up tank that needed an emergency pump-out or complete clean-out. Both of those options take time and will leave your site without facilities. Our advice is play it safe and get a porta potty for the crew.

Finally, let’s address your underlying question. It sounds like you don’t have a lot of space at your worksite. You may have space for a smaller dumpster that can be serviced more frequently, or we might be able to place the dumpster in a driveway or on the street (if your municipality allows that). Visit our dumpster sizing page to see the different sizes available or give us a call and we can help you find the right solution.

As always, thanks for asking your question! Our goal is to help you avoid costly errors whenever possible. We’re always here to help, so reach out through the comments section of our social media accounts if you have a question for us!

5 Commercial Renovation Trends for 2021

COVID-19 changed the way everyone does business, and commercial renovation trends are changing to keep up with workplace changes. As of June 2020, an estimated 42 percent of the labor force was working from home. In 2021, many businesses are expected to incorporate hybrid working models to keep people at home. And some studies suggest up to 70% of the workforce may want to return to the office for the majority of their week. As more business owners and companies are faced with a new normal, property owners are planning renovations and asking themselves: What will the office of the future look like? 

1. Bathrooms for the Modern Era

We always knew that clean bathrooms were an important feature in commercial buildings. But after battling a global pandemic, sanitary bathrooms have become more important than ever. Buildings that haven’t yet made the switch to touchless toilets and sink faucets should consider making these updates. Modern conveniences like these help put people at ease, and it helps people avoid contact with surfaces that could lead to illnesses. 

2. Touchless Technology

Touchless features aren’t just for bathrooms. This technology has been gaining traction in other parts of the building as well, including doors, elevators and even coffee makers. Imagine a cappuccino machine that syncs to an app and allows anyone to use the machine without touching its surface. Or an elevator with an infrared panel that senses the floor that your finger is hovering over. 

This might sound expensive to implement, but the demand for these technologies has dramatically increased in recent years. Watch technology companies for updates on touchless devices as demand rises and the technology becomes more affordable. 

3. Collaborative Spaces

While it’s true that office work has changed in 2020, it’s also true that hybrid workplaces have been around for years. The hybrid office concept gained steam even before the pandemic hit. For several years, companies have been shifting toward a more collaborative workspace. Employees have been splitting their time between tasks at the office and tasks at home. In fact, CNBC predicted offices will become “elaborate conference centers.” Instead of traditional office layouts, tenants are looking for collaboration rooms combined with privacy booths for independent tasks. 

What does this mean in practice? Cubicles will be removed and replaced with conference rooms and collaborative spaces. Around the perimeter, scattered in corners and in convenient locations, you’ll find individual workstations, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

4. A Reimagined Footprint

Many companies realized in 2020 that they may not need very much office space. They could save a great deal of money by reducing their office footprint. And why shouldn’t they cut back their office space, with all their employees working from home? 

Commercial property owners followed suit and are now re-thinking their commercial office spaces. Footprints are changing. Occupants are asking for new types of space. And property owners are striving to create more flexible spaces. Everyone is looking for the flexibility to divide, sub-divide, and lease spaces in creative ways. 

5. HVAC Investments

Fresh air is vital for improving indoor air quality and maintaining the health of everyone in the building. Contractors have known this for years. And now CREs see the importance of installing HVAC systems that provide the maximum number of air changes per hour. Companies are more aware of air circulation and filtration, and this translates to what they expect from their office buildings. Property owners are already evaluating HVAC upgrades that promote health and wellness among their buildings’ occupants. 

COVID-19 has heavily influenced commercial renovation trends in 2021. If you’re planning, or working on, a major commercial renovation project, give us a call. We can bundle all your jobsite services – from portable toilets to storage to dumpsters – in one, easy call.

Ask Angela: What should we do if there’s a dumpster fire?

Angela Phillips is a Senior Account Manager III at ZTERS. She helps customers with some of their most challenging site service issues, and she answers your questions here on our website.

Angela, this question isn’t meant to be funny, but what if we have a dumpster fire?

Thanks for asking this question – dumpster fires can and do happen. We had a customer not too long ago who had a major fire in a dumpster. Luckily, no one was hurt. But dumpster fires can be deadly, and they can definitely cause a lot of damage. In fact, Fire Engineering Magazine reported on a dumpster fire that caused an explosion at a manufacturing plant. Several firefighters were injured, and unfortunately one person died of their injuries.

To start, let’s talk about dumpster safety. Here are some basic tips for reducing dumpster fire hazard risks:

  • Never dispose of hazardous or flammable materials in a dumpster. There are better, more secure ways to dispose of these items, and we’re working on a guide for that. In the meantime, here are some items you shouldn’t throw in dumpsters.
  • Keep the area clear around the dumpster. If a fire starts outside the dumpster, you don’t want nearby materials igniting and spreading into the dumpster.
  • Post no smoking signs near the dumpster and make sure any employees or building tenants know not to throw lit cigarette butts in or near the dumpster. It only takes one carelessly tossed cigarette to start a fire.

If you do have a dumpster fire, don’t try to extinguish it yourself – call 911. If your dumpster has a hinged lid and you’re able to safely close it, go ahead and close it to help prevent the fire from spreading. Don’t endanger yourself or others, though.  

If the lid is already closed, but you know a fire is burning inside, do not open the lid! Leave it closed and wait for firefighters. Opening the lid could create a backdraft, which would be far more dangerous.

Dumpster fires almost always destroy the dumpster – the lid may melt off if it’s plastic, and any paint or decals will likely be destroyed. The dumpster itself may warp. If any of these things happen, and it’s a rental, contact the rental company after the fire is safely extinguished.

Safety is the first priority during a dumpster fire. After that, there will more than likely be a fire investigation and depending on the circumstances, you may end up owing damages.

The best advice – and this is true for all aspects of life – is to avoid dumpster fires to begin with.

Have you ever had a dumpster fire, or do you have tips for preventing them? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts. 

How do you install temporary fencing?

Temporary fencing is one of the most important site rentals for construction sites, outdoor special events (who wants wedding crashers?), and large public events like carnivals and fairs. Temporary fencing is useful because it can be moved and shifted as needed, and when properly installed, it serves as an effective barrier that can keep people safe and perimeters secure. So, how do you install temporary fencing? It’s not very difficult, but it does need to be done correctly to keep it secure. The last thing you want is fencing blowing over or creating a hazard.

One special note on fencing: in some areas, installation must be done by qualified technicians. Your temporary fence rental company will be able to help guide you on any local regulations.

1. Assess the Space

Temporary fencing requires level, sturdy ground. It’s best to install fencing during good weather, because mud, rain and wind will make installing your temporary fencing more challenging. Avoid installing fencing on slippery, muddy surfaces or areas where there are sharp dips or changes in elevation. One rainstorm could knock your fencing down. Take the time to survey your space and find the most level, clear, and solid foundation.

2. Establish the Perimeter

Map out where you plan to put down the fence. We have a temporary fencing tool to help you do that. Once you know roughly where your fencing will go, establish the boundary with a line of spray paint on the ground or by setting up cones and caution tape to mark where the fence will go. As a side note: setting up caution tape will help you visualize the fence and will help keep the public away while you’re installing the fencing, which provides a temporary barrier while you work. 

3. Set Up the Base

You’ll need to lay out base blocks to secure your temporary fencing. Base blocks generally come with your fencing rental and they’re easy to use. They’re heavy and keep the fencing panels securely in place along your perimeter. Lay the first base block for your temporary fencing, then place a fence panel in the block. You’ll put a second block beneath the panel on the other side. Next, you’ll insert the next panel into that block and add another block on the other side of that panel. You’ll use this same technique of inserting a leg of each fence panel into a base block all around your perimeter.  

4. Use a Fence Clamp

Connect the first two panels with a fence clamp. A fence clamp stabilizes the fencing and prevents it from wobbling, so tighten the clamp well. Continue to install the fencing all the way around your perimeter by installing one panel at a time and linking pairs of panels with fence clamps. If you’re adding a gate, install it in the same way using base blocks and fence clamps.

5. Install Safety Stays

Safety stays are anchors that keep the fence upright. They’re an important part of the safety and stability of your fence. You’ll install the stays after the entire fence has been assembled. Connect stays to the backs of the fencing panels using brackets near the middle and at either end of the temporary fence. Keep the stays weighted down with something heavy, like a sandbag. 

6. Install Wrapping (If Required)

If you’re installing temporary fencing around a construction site, you may be required to install wrapping around the fence to prevent debris and dust from leaving the construction site. Some companies use banner mesh, other companies use shade cloth rolls. There are different options depending on what you need. Your temporary fence rental company will be able to help you decide what kind of wrapping to choose. Wrapping is rolled on and secured with clips or ties.

7. Inspect Periodically

Temporary fencing can shift over time, especially if it is in a public area. Fencing also gets moved or knocked over during heavy storms or inclement weather. Check your temporary fencing periodically to ensure it’s in good condition, where you intended it to be, and it’s not creating problems for the public. Some other tips:

  • Treat the area for weeds in spring and spray the spaces between and inside base blocks.
  • Sandbags can burst or leak slowly over time, so check sandbags periodically to ensure they’re not damaged. 
  • If there is a risk of your fence toppling over in the wind, set up the fencing panels in a zig-zag pattern, or install a perpendicular panel every 5 panels, to keep the fence stabilized. 

Installing temporary fencing correctly will keep your site secure as well as prevent the fencing from falling over. Your temporary fencing rental company can help you choose the right fencing and installation options for your location. We’ve been helping construction and outdoor event coordinators rent and install temporary fencing since 2009. Give us a call to schedule fencing or bundle all your site services in one package.

Should you order storage containers early in the fall?

Every year the holiday season launches a festive time. The temperatures drop, pumpkin spice is everywhere (and in everything), pumpkin patches and tree lots pop up in the parking lots of retail centers, and holiday layaway plans kick into gear at big-box stores. If you’re running a construction site, you may not know about the seasonal demand for storage containers, portable toilets, and temporary fencing. So, do you need to order storage containers early in the fall?

What’s so special about fall?

Online shopping may be the go-to solution for buying things nowadays, but layaway is still a popular option during the holidays. Retailers like Wal-Mart, Target, and even grocery stores need a place to store all the layaway purchases and extra holiday merchandise – and they rent storage containers to create that extra space.

As we get deeper into the season, you know who else needs storage containers? Tree lots. They also need to rent a lot of fencing, portable toilets, and office trailers. Construction companies that operate through fall and winter end up competing with retailers and even community groups for temporary storage. Make sure to call as early as possible for the best selection.

When to order storage containers

Do you operate in a rural area where you don’t have many retailers or tree lots? It’s still a good idea to get your order in early. Big-box retailers and grocery superstores usually start placing their storage container orders in August. If you wait until September or October, you may find yourself on a wait list or having to pay extra to bring in containers from other areas.

If an unexpected project comes up, or if you aren’t able to order a container that early, there’s a good chance you can still find one in a neighboring area. However, expect to see travel fees or delivery wait times tacked onto your rental.

What’s the best solution for renting storage containers at the end of the year? Call and schedule as early as you can. Even if you can only call a few days in advance, at least there’s time to find a nearby container before your job starts.

We hear from customers every year who are surprised to find out storage containers in their area are booked all the way from pumpkin season to the day-after-Christmas shopping frenzy. But it’s a reality.

Give us a call when you need site services in the fall – or any time of the year. We do the legwork and find solutions, so you don’t have to.