A dumpster pad is usually banished to the back corner of a parking lot, seldom seen or noticed until its deterioration has begun to affect part of the parking lot. The weight of the dumpsters (1500 lbs. or more), the vehicles that service them (in excess of 50,000 lbs.) and the materials that leech out of them can be brutal on the pavement in these areas.

Why Focus on a Dumpster Pad?

Once an area begins to fail, it can create a snowball effect in a parking lot. If it’s not addressed quickly, you could be looking at costly repairs.

Concrete is the material of choice when installing or replacing a dumpster pad because of its strength and durability. A properly constructed concrete dumpster pad can help prevent the need for expensive repair work in the future.

Dumpster Pad Considerations

The first thing to consider when installing or replacing a concrete dumpster pad is the location. It helps to have it located where service trucks can easily gain access with minimal twisting and turning.

Keep in mind that the dumpster pad should be placed so that it does not hold water or have water flowing through it. This will prevent water infiltration from undermining the new concrete dumpster pad or debris from this area washing out into the parking lot.

You also need to consider the construction thickness of the new concrete in your dumpster pad. The size or the number of dumpsters usually dictates how thick the concrete must be. Having concrete curbing installed may help to keep the dumpster in place and prevent damage to enclosures.

When it comes to dumpster pad installation, we can help design and install one that will stand the test of time.


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