Australia is known for an abundance of sunshine, but of course, the rain is hardly a stranger to these fair shores. In the subtropical regions of Australia, it can be quite common for a brief, torrential evening downpour to be a fairly regular occurrence, often without much warning. Whether it's a succession of rainy days or a brief downpour, rain can be bad news when you've rented a skip bin. So what can you do to ensure that your skip bin doesn't turn into an above ground swimming pool?
The Hole Truth
Before you rent your bin, have a word with the skip bin hire company. You need to ensure that the particular size and model of bin that is being delivered has drainage holes. Most skip bins will have these small holes drilled into the base of the bin, but you cannot simply assume that this is the case. Ensure that the hire company is sending you a bin with drainage holes, and it's unlikely that this will incur an extra charge. It's not as though holes are a luxury extra. But even with these drainage holes, it can sometimes be necessary to take extra steps.
Put a Lid on It
You might wish to hire a skip bin with a lid. It is considered an "extra," and so you will pay a little extra for it. This is certainly a wise idea if the weather forecast suggests rain during the hire period. The lid also prevents overfilling of the bin, since if the lid cannot be closed, then the bin is too full. Most lids come with a slot where you can attach a padlock. This is handy if you're concerned that your neighbours might decide to add some of their junk to your skip bin.
In a Pinch
If the skies are threatening rain and the skip bin does not have a lid, then you might have to come up with an impromptu solution. A tarpaulin placed over the bin will do the trick, and if the bin is full, then it can be held in place with a few bricks. For smaller bins (or when you don't have a tarpaulin, some heavy-duty plastic rubbish bags held together with tape will work. Whether you're using a tarpaulin or rubbish bags, please ensure that the edges of the covering extend beyond the rim of the skip bin. This ensures that the water actually runs off.
A water-filled skip bin can be a minor disaster and it makes it difficult for the hire company , such as Advance Waste Disposal, to then remove it. Fortunately it's not so difficult to stop a skip bin from becoming filled with water.