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Refrigerator Disposal: Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Refrigerator

Your refrigerator is one of the most essential elements of your home. It stands at the heart of your kitchen, and when it stops working, the entire household can go into a panic. Rather than wait until your fridge dies a slow and painful death, how do you know it’s time to replace your refrigerator?

When to Replace Your Refrigerator

  • It’s making weird noises. If your refrigerator is making a loud thud or clanking sound when the compressor comes on or goes off, or you hear a loud humming, it is probably on its last leg. If the compressor is not working correctly, you may notice temperatures inside the fridge are higher than they should be. If adjusting the thermostat doesn’t fix it, replace the appliance.
  • You spot condensation. If you are finding puddles or beads of water inside your refrigerator it could either mean that the door seals have gone bad and are leaking air, or that your refrigerator is no longer working effectively.
  • Food is too warm or too cold. If your food is going bad quickly, the refrigerator can be too warm. If the food is freezing inside the refrigerator, the interior is too cold. If adjusting the thermostat doesn’t help, start looking at new models.
  • It’s overheating. If you feel excessive heat coming from underneath or behind your refrigerator, it may be overheating, which can be a potential fire danger. Check the coils, and ensure that they are clean. If this doesn’t fix the problem, replace the fridge.
  • Energy bills are higher. If you have an older model refrigerator, you don’t have the most energy-efficient appliance and can be burning excess energy, thus raising your utility bills. Look for an Energy Star sticker on your refrigerator, a refrigerator with the sticker uses half the energy as one without it. If your refrigerator doesn’t have an Energy Star sticker, or it’s more than 15 years old, it’s probably time to replace the fridge.
  • It stopped running. If the refrigerator motor stops running, the appliance is most likely gone. Give it a pat for a good, long run, and head out to the appliance store to buy a new one.

Related: 9 Obvious Signs You Need a New Refrigerator

What to Do With an Old Refrigerator

There are a couple of options for getting rid of an old refrigerator:

  • Donate it. If the refrigerator is in good running order and you just want to replace it, consider donating it to a local charity group. For example, you’re remodeling and are installing a state-of-the-art kitchen, or you just want to replace the avocado green for a stainless steel version. There are lots of families starting new households who would be thrilled to get your cast-off.
  • Dispose of it. If the refrigerator is no longer in good working order, and you want to get rid of it, you can’t just take it to the dump and drop it off. Since a refrigerator contains environmentally-harmful chemicals like freon, it must be disposed of properly.
  • Call 123JUNK. When you need to get rid of your old refrigerator, you only have to make one phone call—to 123JUNK. We can pick up your working or non-working refrigerator and either deliver it to one of our charity partners, or deliver it to the proper recycling center for you. If donated, we’ll provide you with a receipt you can use as a charity tax deduction.

123JUNK Hauls Refrigerators

When it’s time to haul away the old refrigerator—or perform any appliance removal — in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C., 123JUNK can help. Just give us a call to schedule your pickup time. Contact us today.

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How Junk Removal Helps Everyone Have a Happy Holiday Season

The entire team at 123JUNK wants to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season this year. We also want to take this moment to remind people how much the small event of clearing out their house or office helps so many families in our own communities.

This year, 123JUNK performed thousands and thousands of junk hauling jobs throughout Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland. In almost every one (if not all) of these jobs, we were able to find items that we could donate to one of our charity partners.

Our trained teams go through each load we pick up and carefully pull out items such as furniture, household and kitchen goods, working appliances, and so much more that are still perfectly usable. We deliver these to our pickup locations, and sometimes to the charity partner themselves, so that they can either sell them in their retail stores to raise money for their causes and community members, or donate these items directly to families who need them.

Here’s How Your Donated “Junk” Helps Others Year Round

The Loudoun Habitat ReStore and Habitat ReStore Metro Maryland use these donated items to help esatablish homes for singles and families in their communities who could not afford to do so on their own. While Northern Virginia Family Services helps to empower individuals to improve their quality of life through initiatives in mental health, foster care and adoption, early childhood development, homelessness, and workforce development, to name a few services. The Montgomery County Humane Society uses the sales to raise money to care for abandoned and needy animals.

A Wider Circle provides household items and small goods to families transitioning out of shelters, living without the basic items for life, or those escaping from domestic violence to set up households—up to 4,000 a year! The organization also helps adults to prepare to get jobs and offers wellness and mother/baby programs.

The organization No One Left Behind helps to create households from nothing for Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters and their families relocated to the United States by the U.S. Government in order to often save their lives from Taliban retaliation.

Bring New Life to Others in Your Community Through 123JUNK

During the holidays, when you think of giving, think beyond the brightly-wrapped gifts to how items you no longer need or want can mean so much to those in our community who have little or nothing—those who are starting over, or those who are arriving in this country alone and afraid. All you have to do is call 123JUNK and we’ll gladly come to your home and office and haul away your junk (in our bright red—how festive—uniforms and trucks!). Contact us today to schedule your pickup.

123JUNK is proud to be a part of our communities in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., and thankful this holiday season to all the people who use our service. We wish everyone a very happy holiday season.

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We’re Hiring at 123JUNK

123JUNK has a good problem. We’re busy! So that means we’re looking for new team members.

The 123JUNK process for getting hired isn’t easy. We want to ensure that we hire the right people for the right positions. You can read more about our hiring process in our November 20, 2017 Blog Post.

But once they’ve passed our rigorous hiring process at 123JUNK and they’re in, our employees love it here! We provide a fun and challenging work environment and a clear career path for those who want to advance with the company…all the way to the top! 

Often times our current employees are the ones who refer potential employees to our company. We’ve hired a number of team members that way.

If you’d like to find out more about working at 123JUNK, learn what positions are available, and are interested in a career here, please contact us at 703-400-7645.

Thanks to Those Who Help 123JUNK Grow

123JUNK is proud to be a locally-owned junk hauling company serving Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. But we didn’t get to where we are alone. Many people helped us to get where we are today.

Our Employees

The loyalty our employees show to our company and our Core Values is immeasurable. This passion for junk hauling (believe it or not) shows in every job, from the team members on the truck to inside sales to management. Every team member is well trained to represent our corporate culture with each and every person with whom they come into contact, whether it is our referral partners, our nonprofit partners, clients or vendors.

Our Partners

Our business development team members work hard to build solid relationships with those who need our services for their own companies or their own clients. You might find our business development representative (and Jake the Junkman) visiting a Realtor office in the morning, and a Property Manager or Nonprofit’s office in the afternoon. This helps us to not only create the initial relationship, but to reinforce those relationships we already have. When our partners have a junk removal, junk hauling or other services need, they know to reach out to 123JUNK for prompt, courteous and excellent service.

Our Clients

We certainly can’t forget all of the people in the DC Metropolitan area who have already used 123JUNK for junk hauling services. They are our bread and butter and we love them. So keep calling!

Want to Work Here? 123JUNK is Hiring.

We’re hiring top-notch professionals, so if you have an interest in working in a fun environment with a strong career path, consider working with 123JUNK. Contact us today to learn how you can get started.

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Flooded Basement? Get Rid of Water-Damaged or Moldy Items.

With all the rain we’ve been having here in the Washington DC metropolitan area, a lot of people’s basements have either flooded or become damp. And that wreaks havoc with items stored there since moisture buildup creates mold.

When mold attacks boxes of papers, there is pretty much nothing you can do to save them. It’s time to toss the whole lot. Moisture can also infiltrate other boxes of stored items in your basement, including those containing holiday decorations, craft supplies and children’s toys and art projects. Furniture is also susceptible to water and mold damage.

Why is Basement Mold Unhealthy?

You do not want to continue to store items in a basement that has been subject to water damage…from rains, flooding or even leaks. The dark and dampness will encourage unhealthy mold growth that is extremely unhealthy for your family—especially for those family members who have allergies or asthma. Whether it appears as mildew (a fuzzy-looking white patch) or black mold it is bad for you and your pets. Once it grabs hold onto a surface, it releases mold spores into the air that can be easily inhaled. (Believe it or not, mold can come in a variety of colors including black, white, orange, green or purple.)

According to WebMD, symptoms of mold exposure include irritation to the eyes, skin, throat, nose and lungs. You might experience sneezing, runny nose, red eyes or a skin rash. For more serious mold allergies, more severe reactions like shortness of breath or asthma attacks may occur.

Those especially susceptible are: infants, children, the elderly, people with chronic lung disease, and those whose immune systems are compromised due to HIV infection, cancer, liver disease or chemotherapy.

Items that Angie’s List suggests tossing after mold or water damage include:

  • Items with porous surfaces like cardboard, padding, stuffed animals, upholstered furniture, mattresses and box springs.
  • Paper products, including books
  • Food items

If you have an item with sentimental value such as a wedding album, wrap it carefully and place it into the freezer until you can take it to a preservation freeze-drying contractor.

If removing moldy items by yourself, be cautious and wear gloves, eye protection and a breathing mask if possible. Be aware that containments can enter the body through an open cut as well.

Get Rid of Water-Damaged or Moldy Items in Your Basement with 123JUNK

If your belongings have irreparable water damage or slight mold and you wish to get rid of them, call the junk hauling specialists at 123JUNK. We can trek the items up the stairs and out to our big red dump trucks to haul them away for you. For severe mold problems, however, 123JUNK may need to refer you to a specialist in dealing with mold. We can discuss the details when you call.

Please contact 123JUNK today to see how we can easily help you get rid of moldy or water-damaged items in your basement.

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Take Control of Office Paper Piles

There are two types of people in this world: pilers and filers. Pilers are the type of people who need to keep everything in visual sight, so they make piles of papers. And even though it may seem disorganized, pilers usually know what is in each pile and how to find things when they need them. Filers, on the other hand, have systems to put away everything in its place, and create physical or digital filing systems for their papers. Look at their offices and the surfaces are clean. Pilers vs. filers: is one way better than the other? Each organizational method works for its personality type.

If you’re a piler, you may look at the stacks of papers in your office and wish you had a better system. Or your boss may be constantly saying, “Clean up your office.” If this is you, take hope.  Although you can’t change your style, there are ways to take control of your office paper piles while still keeping everything in sight and easy reach.

Create Cubbies

Instead of filing cabinets, invest in open shelves with cubbies where you can store office papers in categories. Create labels for each cubby that will help you to quickly identify the contents of each.

Buy Stacked Files

Purchase one or more sets of stacking file trays to keep on or near your desk. Create an inbox and outbox. Organize the files by internal and client work.

Use Color Coding

Professional organizers recommend using color to help visually organize paper piles. Choose red file folders or labels for urgent matters, purple folders for client files, yellow folders for office work, etc. Create a filing system fully coordinated by color and you will easily be able to grab the work you need in a jiffy.

Post It

Use a bulletin board or white board to keep track of important notes and documents. Purchase a set of clear project envelopes and pin them to a wall track, putting everything belonging to each client in its designated envelope.

Touch it Once

Employ the “touch it once” method of dealing with office papers. Pick up one paper or file at a time and deal with it on the spot with one of these three methods: do it now, file it or trash it. We get into trouble with out-of-control paper stacks when we put everything into a pile designed as “I’ll get to this later.”

Purge Regularly

Monthly or once a quarter, purge outdated files and office papers. Otherwise, the piles will grow to become out of hand. Set aside a regular time, such as the first day of the month to reassess and reorganize your piles.

Accept the fact that you are a piler and don’t worry about it. Simply employ organizational methods that keep your office looking tidy while offering you the organizational style that works for you.

Getting Rid of Paper Piles? Call 123JUNK

Once you’ve eliminated stacks of office paper, call 123JUNK to come pick them up. We work with office workers (and homeowners) throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. to make sure everything is recycled or disposed of properly. Keep in mind that we also remove office equipment, furniture, and electronics as part of our junk removal service.

Want to get control of your paper piles? Contact 123JUNK today to schedule your office paper pickup.

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Junk Removal in Rockville, Potomac and Bethesda

When 123JUNK works in Rockville, Potomac and Bethesda, Maryland we receive so much thanks from our clients. We love it!

We have learned that the people who live in Rockville, Potomac and Bethesda lead very busy lives and don’t often have the time or energy to deal with disposal of items from their homes, like old appliances, outdated electronics, furniture, or yard waste and debris. They’d rather have us come out and take care of this than spend their own time loading and hauling items to the dump or recycling center.

“From the initial conversation on the phone to the pickup, I was impressed with the process and everyone involved. It seems like a well-run organization.” – Addison V., Rockville, MD

Your Donations Help Your Community

Home and business owners in Rockville, Potomac and Bethesda area also pleased that their donations of usable household or business can items go to help others in their own communities. A couple of the charitable partners we deliver items to include the Rockville Habitat for Humanity ReStore and the Montgomery County Humane Society  (Read our previous Humane Society post and Rockville ReStore post.)

“I couldn’t believe how fast you emptied my condo!  I called late Thursday afternoon, and by Friday at noon, it was broom swept! The best part—a donation receipt from Habitat ReStore was waiting in our mailbox when we arrived at our new home a week later. Talk about following through on your promise!” –Maria M., Bethesda, MD

Since opening our satellite office in Gaithersburg, we’ve seen a noticeable increase in clients throughout the area. The word must be spreading! We thank all of our clients and partners for their referrals. We strive to provide the highest-quality in service, personnel and professionalism—even though we sometimes handle some of the dirtiest jobs around. Our trucks are washed weekly, and cleaned out daily to preserve that image and uphold the standards we set.

“From the discussions on the phone to the guys that showed up…everyone was positive and professional.” –Catherine M., Potomac, MD

Need Junk Hauling in Rockville, Bethesda or Potomac? Call 123JUNK.

We’d love the opportunity to work with you. If you have a home or office in or around Rockville, Bethesda or Potomac, MD—or anywhere else in the DC Metro area—that needs junk removal services, please give 123JUNK a call.

“The workers were very friendly and did a great job. They used a runner so my carpets wouldn’t get dirty. They answered all questions and were extremely helpful!” –Mel F., Rockville, MD

When you call, you’ll reach one of our excellent staff members who can explain the simple process of setting your appointment, preparing your items for hauling, and our convenient all-inclusive billing process. No surprises or automated answering services here! Contact 123JUNK today.

“Excellent communication all the way through. I felt very comfortable having your team in my home.” –Sara K. Potomac, MD