How to Properly Dispose of Your Old Carpeting

wastebasketThe moment you purchase brand new carpeting for your Toronto home, you are probably excited and can’t wait for it to be installed. You may be given the option to have your old carpeting removed for you by the installers.

Some people will balk at this because of the added expense to their bill. Yet it is going to be important for you to get rid of that old carpeting so that it is not taking up space in your garage, basement, or somewhere else in your house.

Reusing old carpeting.

If your old carpeting has avoided many of the common problems that carpets experience over the years, such as pet stains other odor inducing problems, then you may be able to use your carpeting in other situations.

Some people throw old carpeting down in their basements as another surface to walk on. As long as the basement is dry and doesn’t have any leaks, this shouldn’t be a problem. If you have any moisture that gets into the basement, it is going to soak into the carpet and that is going to eventually lead to mold and mildew problems. That can also lead to black mold which is nearly impossible to get rid of.

Tossing it in the backyard.

Another thing that some people do is roll up their old carpeting and chuck it in the woods behind their house. This is not only illegal, it is also harmful to the environment. If you are looking to save money by disposing of your old carpeting this way, know that you could face significant fines if you are caught. A neighbor or somebody wandering through the woods behind your home could see the carpeting and call the authorities. It’s just not worth the risk.

Tossing it out with the old garbage.

Many garbage companies will not take old carpeting. That doesn’t stop some homeowners from cutting the carpeting up, rolling it up, and stuffing into garbage bags trying to conceal its true nature. This will usually take you a lot of effort and time.

The best way to dispose of your old carpeting when you know that you’re not going to use it is to have the carpet company’s installers take it away with them. It’s a minor expense that’s well worth it once you are enjoying your brand new carpeting.

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