Dumpster pads can be made of different materials, with the optimal material being concrete. Consider the incredible amount of downward force that trash trucks and metal dumpsters place on the pavement. Concrete is very sturdy material, it will not dent or dimple. The result is the preservation of the concrete’s integrity versus the premature failure created by other materials, especially asphalt.
When metal rebar or wire mesh is put into the slab, a remarkably strong steel and concrete combination results. This combination can withstand the rigors of excessive force much longer than asphalt when impacted by a trash truck’s enormous weight.
In some cases, the dumpster pad will measure 10 to 15 feet ahead of the dumpster. This positioning allows the front wheels of the trash truck to rest on the pad and absorb the truck’s massive weight, oil, and other fluids. It is important to note that trash trucks commonly leak as a result of the strain placed on their hydraulic system. Thankfully, the integrity of the concrete cannot be compromised by the fluids that leak out of these trucks and other vehicles. These types of leaks will weaken asphalt yet it will not affect the integrity of the concrete slab.
Dumpster pads should be at least 6 inches thick if the subgrade conditions are acceptable. The girth of the concrete should be boosted to 8 inches if the subgrade conditions are not up to par. If necessary, we can add crushed concrete.
After installation, the dumpster pad should be allowed to cure for one week. Heavy traffic should be redirected while the pad is curing.
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