The Importance of Scrap Metal Recycling

It is unknown to many that values abound in metals. To some people, the lifeless metal in their homes is just like any other waste that they dispose of. That assertion is wrong. You can get a lot out of it. Apart from the fact that it is helpful to you, recycling scrap metal also helps to address global concerns for the environment. In today’s world, the importance of recycling cannot be overemphasized.

Below are the reasons why you should recycle your scrap metals;

 

  • More Energy to the World

 

Recycling metal contributes to reducing energy consumption, as it does not require excessive energy as creating virgin metal materials. The processes involved in creating metal from scratch are expensive and highly energy-consuming. For instance, if you intend to recycle aluminum, the energy required is about 5% of what is needed for new ones.

 

  • Emission Reduction

 

Scrap metal recycling is less energy-intensive, which assures less pollution, unlike mining, which is evident to have contributed to groundwater pollution and decimation of the environment. Using the recycling plants doesn’t involve open-pit mines, thereby having an insignificant impact on the environmental hazard. The rate at which mining new metal releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is alarming. This is to say recycling doesn’t influence climate change negatively.

 

  • Conservation of Natural Resources

 

Producing new metal requires excessive use of limited natural resources available. But this is not the case for recycled metal since no additional material requires mining. As such, it guarantees the conservation of natural resources. Mining impacts the environment and natural resources negatively. Even wildlife is not safe from the destructive effect of mining. Adopting metal recycling has a favorable implication for the economy at large.

 

  • Induce Economic Growth

 

Recycling possesses an inherent savings effect for both individuals and the government because enough money can be generated from recycled scrap materials. The industry requires a lot of labor participation, which translates into employment generation for the unemployed population. The gross domestic product of an economy will also feel the impact of the recycling industry through taxes.

 

  • Rechanneling of Landfill Waste 

 

Unlike nylons, papers, and other non-metal materials, scrap metals take a longer time to biodegrade. So, disposing of metal in landfills will only take up the space for materials that decompose quickly. For this reason, scrap metal should never be a waste of landfills to preserve the capacity for decomposable dirt.

Elite Services Junk Removal are junk removal and recycling experts who can help remove your scrap metal to extract its value! Give us a call today or fill out our online contact form!

old swing set in backyard

Swing Set Removal Tips

Your kids are grown, and there is no one using the old swing set in your backyard, but you aren’t quite sure how or what to do with it. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can remove your swing set! Whether you want to revitalize it, trash it, or simply sell it, here are some great tips at your disposal. 

Pickup Only

Selling a swing set might be the easy part. Transporting it is where it gets tricky. Thankfully, modern-day technology allows you to sell something so that it is clear the buyer is responsible for pickup. You can use apps, social media, or even your community newsletter for advertising the play equipment sale. Be sure to clarify that the item is for pickup only, and the buyer will know to bring friends and a vehicle that can transport the equipment.

Recycle and/ or Use it for Parts

Taking apart a swing set is usually as simple as unscrewing some nuts and bolts. You can then take the smaller pieces to recycle or contact a junk removal program for pick up at your residence. Many people even find uses for individual parts, such as hardware, chains, and other components.

Spruce it Up

Perhaps your old swing set is just an eyesore but could still be used by others in the family. There are many ways to spruce up playground equipment! 

  1. Paint it
  2. Add a new component
  3. Add mulch beneath it

By creating a more attractive play space, you may realize that you don’t need to remove the swing set at all!

Refresh It into Something New

Outdoor play equipment doesn’t have to remain outdoor play equipment. In fact, there are many possibilities for your former swingset. Try upcycling your swing set into something entirely new. Upcycling is a new way of giving life to something that others might consider garbage. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure becomes apparent when you create one of the following ideas from an old piece of play equipment.

  • Garden
  • Greenhouse
  • Adult swing
  • Outdoor seating
  • Chicken coop
  • Bicycle storage
  • Other storage

Get creative and use your swing set again in a different way. With some tools, materials, and a bit of a handyman skill, you can create something that gives your swing set new life. The equipment’s original intent is no matter when you use your imagination to refresh it. 

Haul It

If it comes down to it and you find yourself unable to sell, reuse for parts, or reimagine your old play equipment, contact us for removal! Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition will provide you with a smooth process in assisting you with removing your swing set, no matter its condition. The team at Elite Services are trusted junk removal professionals that you can find beneficial in a number of removal situations. Give us a call today at (978) 317-5388 for more information! 

cluttered attic

Attic Cleanout Safety Tips

Do you feel the need to clean your attic but are dreading the process? It can be a long and dirty job; however, a clean and organized attic can help you feel better about your home. Some challenges come with cleaning out the attic – sometimes, things can even get dangerous. If you are ready to tackle the challenge, the following tips may be of help to you. 

Get Everything Cleared Out

It is hard to clean if you are surrounded by junk. Instead of cleaning around items, take everything out. This removes tripping hazards and makes the process more manageable in the long run – even if it seems like a big job right off the bat. 

Dust Every Surface

When everything is out of your attic, you have the freedom to move about and dust every surface. Shelves, window sills, and other flat surfaces collecting dust can be easily wiped down when there is nothing in the way. You may even find dust in places you didn’t think to look, so be sure to dust everything, less the dust be blown onto other surfaces when you move the removed items back in. Additionally, if the dust has truly accumulated, wearing a mask can prevent any allergens from irritating you. 

Floors Come Next

After dusting, it’s time to vacuum and sweep the floors. Vacuuming before sweeping means that there will be less dirt flying around when you do sweep. You could benefit from using a full-size vacuum the first time, sweeping, and then using a handheld vacuum to get the small pieces the dustpan leaves behind. 

Check Insulation Quality and Cleanliness

The quality of your insulation is crucial to the heating or cooling of your home. Its cleanliness also plays a part in the health of those living in the house. Mold can grow on insulation and cause concerns. Ensuring that you have adequate insulation for heating and cooling and clean insulation for the benefit of your health is ideal. If you do find mold in your insulation or other areas of your attic, it is crucial to hire a professional for the cleaning to avoid dangers. 

Seal Cracks and Holes

Cracks and holes allow air and critters to enter your attic. A professional can help you do this, or some homeowners prefer to DIY this kind of problem. Spray foam is a popular option for sealing cracks that you can purchase at any hardware store. If you notice a rodent or pest problem, you can buy supplies to remove the problem or hire an exterminator to help. 

Organize and Donate

Before moving every item back into the attic, consider what you want to donate. Organize the items into piles. Consider these factors:

  • Do you want to keep it?
  • Do you want to donate it?
  • Is it garbage?

By sorting items into piles for keep, donate, and trash, you can easily decide what things to return to the attic. You will likely find that you have to return fewer items to the attic than you removed. When you do return the items to keep, logically organize them. They will be easier to find and use in the future when you know how you’ve organized your items. 

Develop a Routine

Rather than cleaning out the attic once every few years, make it part of your routine. By cleaning a few times a year, you will not have to undertake a vast project in cleaning out the attic. Instead, it will be a quick part of your spring cleaning. 

Hire Help

If it has been a while since you’ve cleaned out your attic, you may find it easiest to hire help. Elite Services is an expert in junk removal and can easily take care of the cleanout for you. Give Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition a call to determine the best course of action for your attic situation. 

old electronics in a trash can

Throwing Away Electronics

fi For many, the pieces sit around gathering dust. Others try to pawn them off. Some people even put them in the regular trash with last night’s dinner and today’s junk mail. If you are wondering what the most responsible way to get rid of your electronics might be, throwing them away is not it. 

Why Should You Avoid Throwing Away Electronics?

There are a number of reasons that throwing your electronics in the garbage can become problematic. Understanding these problems can be the motivation you need to dispose of your old computers and devices properly. 

Landfill

Most people are aware of the claims made about landfills – they’re too big, they’re dangerous, etc. Believing this idea is not what matters when it comes to electronics. Electronics can take up space in a landfill, but the exceptionally awful part is that landfills are not correctly suited to handle electronics. When items break down and mix with those within your electronic devices, bad things can happen. The liner beneath the piles can begin to break down, too. This is no good for anyone. 

Contaminants

There are contaminants in electronics that are not only dangerous to our landfills but our groundwater and soil. Treatment plants may filter our water, but it is not always possible to remove every contaminant from our drinking water. Contaminated water can also kill off marine life, which is an issue all by itself. Contaminating our soil would do horrible things to our food supply and land animals, as well. Properly disposing of your electronics is vital to continuing life on this planet. 

What Should You Do with Unwanted Electronics?

  1. Sell or Donate

Numerous organizations are willing to take your old and unwanted electronics off your hands. You can factory reset these devices so that no personal information remains on them before giving them away.

  1. E-Recycle

Many communities offer an e-recycling day in which all community members are welcome to drop off their old and broken devices. Please take advantage of this service when it is close to you!

  1. Recycle

Recycling your electronics can be as easy as calling your local recycling center to see if the pieces are accepted. If you cannot find a recycling center that accepts your electronics, contact an electronic store and find out where they take their own pieces. Some electronic stores will also take yours to recycle. 

  1. Hire a Junk Hauler

A junk hauler will pick up your items from your home for proper disposal. You do not have to do much more than put your old items aside for pick up. 

Who Should You Contact?

If you’re ready to dispose of your electronics properly, Elite Services is the company to contact. Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition is an expert in junk removal and recycling your old computers. We are willing and able to remove your junk quickly and efficiently. Give us a call today

Spring cleaning basket

Tips for Spring Cleaning

Spring has officially sprung here in Massachusetts! When you hear spring, does your mind go straight to spring cleaning? If yes, you’re in the right place. The task can seem daunting and as though it may never end. No need to worry anymore, we have easy tips and tricks that will allow for stress-free spring cleaning! 

Create an Easy Schedule

To make the process less intimidating, create a schedule that will make cleaning seem less overwhelming. Start by going room by room; which is the room that needs the most work? Which room can I finish pretty quickly? Ask yourselves these questions to figure out the process that will work best for you and your home.

Get the Family Involved

Spring cleaning your home alone is a huge task to tackle. Take some of the burden off of yourself and get the whole family involved! No matter what they do to get involved, whether just dust or clean a whole room, it will make your spring cleaning process much more efficient. Not only will you finish cleaning faster, but you can also make it fun when everyone is together. Put on some music and clean while you have a dance party! 

Necessary Products Only

When you go crazy with a huge pile of cleaning products, you could actually be adding to your stress. Not only is it unnecessary, but clutter in itself! The cleaning process is overwhelming already, don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed with products as well. Find a quality, trustworthy multipurpose cleaner and rags or cloths that you love and work well in your home. Use those and do not worry about what other products you think you may need.

Declutter

Spring cleaning is almost synonymous with decluttering. Before deep cleaning each room in your home, it is important to go through everything before to see what you do not want or need anymore. Whether it is clothes, knickknacks, or even furniture you were waiting to replace, the time of spring cleaning is the perfect time to get rid of it! Make sure that when are getting rid of things that are in good condition, to consider donating. 

Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition

If by the end of your spring cleaning journey you find yourself with a pile of junk you need to get rid of, Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition can help! We will take care of the junk removal and even separate recyclables and items that can be donated. For more information, feel free to contact us today. Happy spring cleaning!

Water damage in home

How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

Water damage is an absolute horror for any homeowner. This can happen to the inside of your home in numerous different ways. Whether a pipe burst or simply rained heavily in your area, the effects of water damage can be devastating. When ignored, it can become very expensive to fix and get rid of. Luckily, we are here to share some important tips to prevent water damage from destroying your home.

What is Water Damage?

Water damage happens inside your home when water intrudes into your home when it is not supposed to be there. There are multiple ways water is able to get through your home; a bad storm, leaky appliances, clogged drains, and even foundation cracks. This can lead to thousands of dollars worth of damages. The water damage can potentially ruin your floors, furniture, appliances, electronics, and can lead to mold growing inside of your home.

Proper Gutter and Downspout Care

Debris that is stuck in your gutters, specifically your downspouts, will lead to water build-up. The water built up in your downspouts can lead to overflow that could potentially harm your home’s foundation. Make sure to clean out your gutters at least twice a year and always look to see that your downspouts are facing away from your home.

Look for Leaks

Keep an eye on each and every pipe in your home. Look for scratches, leaks, and any excess water around appliances and pipes. If you notice any moisture that is not usually there, that is a solid detection of a water leak. There are even devices called water sensors you are able to purchase that will notify you if it detects low levels, leaks, or moisture that should not be there.

Keep an Eye on Your Water Bill

If there are no signs that you can physically see of water damage inside your home, you will be able to see it on your water bill. If you notice that suddenly your bill has sky-rocketed, it is a tell-tale sign there is probably a water leak in your home.

Contact Elite Services

If you are experiencing any degree of water damage in your home, it is important to get it out immediately. If you wait, the damage will only get worse. Contact us today to learn more about our water damage removal and demolition services at (978) 317-5388.

 

 

 

Tips on How to Clean Out Your Garage

If you own a house, you have to clean it regularly, and your garage is no exception. It’s as important a place in your home like your bedroom or kitchen. Sometimes, people can act as though it does not exist or is not a place to which they should pay attention.

If you have ignored the cleaning of your garage long enough, you might not know where to start. That’s where we come in. Here, we are sharing some tips on how to clean out your garage.

Start with a Survey

Take some time to have a close look around your garage to identify what you should do with the items inside and the garage itself. Some of the stuff you might just have to throw away. Some if it is useful and usable, but it’s lying there in the form of a clutter (sounds like work).

Remove and Sort All Items

Pull out everything from the garage into the driveway or your yard, else stack it out in the open. This will give you a clear idea as to how to replace things in a better way to get a clean garage with more storage space.

Now, you have to sort out what will go back in and what will stay. Broken or rusty items should go out immediately.

Re-arrange Storage Area

Your garage may have large, odd-sized items like a chainsaw, grass trimmer, sports equipment, or smaller items like nails, screws, bit, etc. All of this stuff is reducing the storage space.

Think of smart storage options. Look for wire or plank-shelves where you can place your large and oddly shaped equipment and tools. For smaller items like screws, nails, etc. you can have small boxes or jars and place them on the shelves or inside the boxes.

Seal Cracks and Repair

Now, you have to survey the areas that might need painting, repairing, and sealing. Seal the cracks with sealants, spray anti-rust foam on steel fixtures, etc.

Check out the wiring around the garage and replace the wires if they look brittle or moist or have rat teeth marks. You may call a professional hand for electric circuits or wiring.

Clean and Paint

In an empty garage, you may look at layers of dust, mouse droppings, oil spill marks, bugs, chemicals, or grease marks. Thoroughly clean all the corners and skirting, wash the walls and floor, and use chemicals to wipe and clear oil and grease marks.

If you can put some epoxy floor coating, count it as an investment, as it will help you keep your garage clean for a long.

Labeling the Items

Your garage is now beautiful, clean, and ready. You can put a tag on the racks and boxes for tools, sports goods, car repair items, yard supplies, etc.

Contact Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition

Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition offers our services for cleaning out your garage in a manner and method you will consider a worthwhile call. Our team of professionals makes it subtle and sublime. We do it without interrupting your activities, leaving no trace of dirt behind. It’s a money-saving value addition service. Give us a call today to get things started.

Your Complete Home Clean Out Guide

Have you ever wondered at what point in time you accumulated so much stuff, so much so that your home is a cluttered mess? Clutter has a way of sneaking up on you, but that’s a problem that you can solve. You can clean out your home, make it sparkling again, and restore some organization so you can easily find your belongings that matter. A complete home cleaning is often an arduous task, but with a little bit of planning and the ideal guide to help you declutter, you can get it done. Here’s a complete home cleanout guide that you could find helpful in decluttering your home.

Establish Clear Cleanout Goals Initially

Before you jump head-on into cleaning, come up with a clear idea of what you’d like to accomplish and plan it out. The reason for establishing goals, in the beginning, is to limit the chance of frustrations and prevent unwanted problems that could arise. You also want to keep a check on the things you’d like to cover, whether it’s polishing the basement floors or throwing out old Christmas decorations in the attic. Identify each room’s  ‘clutter hotspots’ that is a must for you to tackle. Set a cleanup date for each room that is convenient for you. Each phase of the cleanout should have a specific time allotted. This will help you keep things on track.

Organize Your Stuff

At the end of the day, you do not want to still be hanging onto stuff that you do not need. As you move from room to room and space to space in your home, sort all the items in a manner that creates some level of organization. This will allow you to know what to discard and what you want to keep around. The “Three-Box Method” is a popular sorting choice, but you can establish your method of organization. It involves having three storage boxes or bins for recycling, donating, packing things up for a garage sale. Be sure to label the boxes or bins so you can easily locate your items when you need to retrieve them.

Discard the Clutter Using Different Methods

How you dispose of your clutter is up to you, but there are a couple of options that you could find helpful in the process. You can get rid of unwanted items in these ways:

  •     Recycle: It’s best to get rid of recyclable items by recycling them. Items that can be placed in the recycling bin include plastic, paper, and recyclable glass and electronics. It may be that you have a curbside pickup or you’ll have to take your recyclables to your local recycling drop-off location.

 

  •     Donate: If you have some items that are still in good condition and would prefer not to simply throw them away, but have someone else enjoy them, donating them is a good option. Whether its clothes or furniture, Good Will or some other charity organization can be good homes for your unwanted items. Check with your local charities’ donation guidelines ahead of any drop-offs. It’s also possible to post freebies on certain websites, encouraging takers to come and take away items that you want to part with.

 

  •     Make Some Money With a Garage Sale: You are not looking to be a millionaire here. Instead, you want your clutter gone while you make some pocket money in the process. Many people love a good garage sale. Set a date for your garage sale or check to see if your neighborhood or homeowner’s association has a set garage sale date.

 

  •     Dumpster Haul Rental: If you’d like some help with hauling your clutter, renting a dumpster, especially to get rid of large household items is a good option. It’s a stress-free option where you can relax and let others do the big haul. Your job will be to fill up the dumpster with all your clutter when it is delivered to your home and the junk removal company would haul it away. No hassle.

Sanitize the Home

One of the biggest parts of the home cleanout process is sanitizing surfaces after the clutter has been cleared out. You don’t necessarily need to bleach the home from corner to corner. Sanitize areas such as bathrooms, tables (kitchen, coffee, play-area, and night tables), counters, and other frequently touched areas. Now more than ever, you should have a keen focus on sanitizing your home, especially during a home cleanout to limit the spread of germs.

 Contact Us

You might be due for a home cleanout, but you don’t have to worry about where to start. Plan your cleanout, get organized, and work with a junk removal company for your next home cleanout. You’ll make the process run smoothly with little or no hiccups. Contact Elite Services Junk Removal and Demolition today at (978) 317-5388.

5 Common Residential Demolition Projects

Many residential demolition & home improvement projects can be completed by homeowners themselves, but most require a professional in order to be completed safely. In addition to safety, hiring a professional ensures that the job will be done right and quickly. When you hire Elite Services Junk Removal & Demolition, you are hiring a two-in-one team who will be happy to complete the demolition and remove all signs of debris from your property. Here is a list of some of our most common projects.

Garage Removal

If your garage structure has moved past the point of being a convenient storage space and become more of a hassle to maintain, it might be time for a demolition project. It is crucial to hire a demolition professional for garage projects to ensure safety, as there is the possibility of electrical wiring to work around. A demolition professional will also be able to remove the debris that would take you an additional dumpster rental.

Pool Demolition

Nothing detracts from curb appeal more than a run down and out of use pool. If you have this on your property, it’s time for demolition. Whether your pool is above ground or below, this is not a project to attempt yourself as there are heavy materials, hazardous conditions, and pounds upon pounds of debris to remove.

Shed Demolition

Sheds can be a huge asset to a home if they are in good shape. If they aren’t however, they often have issues with mold, rot, structural damage, and more that can actually detract value from your property as well as be an eyesore! If you choose to take down the old shed yourself, you should be prepared for the takedown process as well as finding a way to dispose of the debris.  A demolition professional & junk removal service like Elite Services Demolition & Junk Removal can do both in less time than it would take you to do it yourself!

Chimney Removal

If your chimney is out of use & aging, it is probably leaking water into your home or affecting your insulation. It’s time for the chimney to go! With a demolition professional, you can either choose to have the entire chimney removed down to the floor, or you can leave the fireplace & hearth. This will be done without injury to the room, and with a proper patch placed on the roof to seal the spot.

Sun Room & Enclosed Porch Removal

Having a sunroom or enclosed porch addition can be lovely in the nicer weather, but can make for another eyesore if they are not kept up and left to rot. It is important to remove these structures before the rot spreads to your home’s foundation. A demolition professional can remove the sunroom, working around wires and ensuring that the connecting portion of your home remains intact.

To hire a licensed demolition professional for your next residential or commercial project that will work efficiently & remove all debris, please contact Elite Services Demolition & Junk Removal at 978-317-5388.

6 Tips for Cleaning & Organizing Your Kitchen

clean kitchenThe kitchen tends to be the most used area of a home, sees a lot of foot traffic, and tends to be a dumping ground for various items that don’t belong in the kitchen. In combination with cooking and eating in the space, surfaces get dirty and junk piles up very quickly. In order to keep junk to a minimum, deep cleaning your kitchen will help keep it clean even on the busiest of days. Ever 3-4 months, go through and organize your space with these tips:

Sort Through Everything

Start your kitchen cleaning process by organizing and cleaning out all of the items in your cabinets, in drawers, and on top of your counters. As you go thruogh each area, put each item into two piles: “to keep” and “toss”. Ask youself when the last time you used it and if it’s not a seasonal item, get rid of it if you haven’t used it within the last year. This will give you more space to store the items you do use on a regular basis. For the items you use regularly, keep them in easy-to-reach areas such as top drawers and cabinets close by to your main cooking area.

Wipe Down Surfaces

Starting with the wood molding, wipe down and dust the surfaces in your kitchen from top to bottom including cabinet fronts, knobs and pulls, appliances, and even your backsplash. You’ll be amazed at the amount of grime that has built up on these surfaces over time and once theyr’e wiped down, they’ll look brand new. For the hard to reach areas, use a long-handled duster to make sure they aren’t neglected.

Clean the Microwave

Over time, food splatters and and over flows, causing grime to build up in your microwave over time. Combined with the heat, the splatters become caked on and hard to clean. To eliminate harsh scrubbing, place a microwave-safe bowl with one cup of water and several several tablespoons of vinegar in the microwave for 5 minutes (or until the window is steamy). Let the microwave sit for few minutes to cool down before wiping the grime away.

Empty the Refridgerator

Since you’re already deep cleaning your kitchen, you mine as well clean out the refriderator! Take everything out of the fridge, wipe down all of the surfaces, and throw away any of the items you no longer use or are expired. Take all of the remaining items that you do use and organize them as you place them back in the fridge. Before you know it, you’ll havea clean and organized refridgerator and plenty of space to store the items you pick up on your next trip to the grocery store.

Empty & Clean the Trash

Once you’re done throwing away any item you no longer use, bring the trash bag to the garabage bin and clean out the inside of the trash can. Using an antibacterial soap, clean the bin out with soap and water in your kitchen sink, or outside with the hose, to prevent mold and bacteria fom growing inside the can. Once dry, replace the trash bag for a clean, fresh start.

Sweep & Mop the Floor

Now that you’ve wiped down all of the surfaces in your kitchen, it’s time to clean the floor! Once you’ve swept the floor clean, pull out all of your appliances to sweep and mop behind them before mopping the rest of the floor. This will ensure that any of the debris from the rest of your kitchen don’t make their way back there once pushing the appliances back in.

Once you’ve cleaned your kitchen, give Elite Services Junk Removal a call at (978) 317-5388 to schedule your junk removal appointment.