Avoid a Heavy Skip: Four Ways to Keep Water Out of Your Skip Bin

You can hire a skip bin for a home or business renovation project, but unfortunately, if water gets into your skip, it can make it heavier. As a result, the skip becomes harder to move, and if you are paying by weight rather than volume, you may face surcharges. Luckily, there are easy ways to keep water out of your skip bin.

1. Adjust sprinklers to spray away from the skip.

If you have automatic sprinklers, consider shutting them off while you have the hired skip bin. If you cannot turn them off, look at their trajectory.

If the trajectory of water is relatively low, it is okay to allow the sprinkler to hit the sides of the bin. However, if you have sprinklers with a very high arch that could drop water into the skip bin, turn the sprinkler heads to make sure the sprinklers do not hit the skip bin.

2. Cover the skip bin.

If possible, try to hire a skip bin that comes with a lid. When you are not using the bin, close the lid and make sure it is secure with latches or bungee cords. You don't want a windy storm to rip open your lid and then fill the bin with water.

If you have employees, family members or assistants helping you with your project, remind all of them to keep the skip lid closed and hang a sign on the skip to remind everyone.

If the skip doesn't come with a lid, use a tarp to cover it when it is not in use. Alternatively, place it in a covered area such as under a car park.

3. Use the built-in drain in the bottom of the skip.

Many skips have drains on their bottoms. These drains let water drip out of the skip and toward the ground. Ask the skip hire company about hiring a skip that has one of these drains. If you find one, try not to cover the drain or accidentally plug it with rubbish, leaves or other debris while loading your skip.

4. Create drains in your skip.

If the skip doesn't have any built-in drains, ask the hire company if you can add your own drains. With permission, you can easily drill small drains in the base of a skip. Locate them periodically along one side of the skip -- if the skip features a slanted bottom, put the drains on the part closest to the ground.

Keep this in mind when renting skip bins from companies, like Backyard Bins, in order to reduce hassle and cost.