Power Washing – Tackle the Commercial Power Washing Projects

Power Washing – Is It Time to Clean Your Building?

When is it time to power wash your building? Here are some questions that will prompt you…”

Is your building looking fresh clean and attractive?

Over time, a building’s exterior develops a coating of dirt, dust and pollutants. If this builds up over a long period, the building can begin to look quite dingy.

Unfortunately, tenants and customers tend to judge (and quite harshly).  So dim grungy buildings create a negative impression.

Is the nice white marble Starting to turn grey?  Is that crisp, red Brick now a dull maroon? These Are indicators that it’s Time for Power washing.

Are there areas where dirt, dust, or pollutants have built up?

Mold and mildew can collect on buildings and damage or discolor the exterior.

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Mold damage on the exterior of the Library of Congress Madison Building

Power washing is both the remedy and a good preventative measure for potential repairs or discoloration.

In addition, mold and mildew may present health problems for building tenants and their customers.

Power washing strips away these potential irritants and improve the health and safety aspects of your property.

Power washing checklist

If you decided to tackle your power washing project here are some suggested steps for taking the project off:

First do a thorough inspection of the property and determine which areas need the most attention in which areas are more sensitive to power washing

We recommend the top to bottom  inspection that covers these areas:

  • Roof
  • Soffit
  • Eaves
  • Gutter
  • Exterior walls
  • Windows
  • Gables and overhangs
  • Decorative sheathing
  • Foundation
  • Rails
  • Decks
  • Sidewalks
  • Decorative concrete

Power Washing – The Areas Than Can Tolerate the Stream

Determine if there are some sensitive areas that could be damaged from the high speed stream of water, such as generated by the power washing, cover them with plastic.

These areas include decorative Roofing, decorative Fypon or sunburst, or smaller decorative items on the exterior.

Although these exterior areas are already subject to exterior weather, power washing creates a very powerful stream of water that these elements are not designed for.

Also contact a professional maintenance company who has the experience and equipment to do the job safely, effectively, and thoroughly.

A top-notch service will save you time by conducting the inspection and making recommendations about what needs attention and what needs protection.

Power Washing for Commercial Buildings – Call in the Experts

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing pavement maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include power washing, fencing repair and garage scrubbing

We can give your buildings, sidewalks, walkways, parking lots, parking garages, warehouse and dumpster areas a fresh look with hot water or steam pressure cleanings.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for commercial power washing.

Street Sweeper – The Science Behind The Technology

Street Sweeper – A Part of History

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Street Flusher Circa 1926

I’m sure by now you are aware that the common street sweeper has been around for a long time and they are everywhere.

What you may not be aware of is that there is more technology to these rather noisy machines the most people think.

The science behind the water, the brush, and the technology may surprise you.

All of these elements combined in the modern street sweeper help keep neighborhoods clean, improve the environment, and keep people healthy.

Here’s a few surprises that many people do not know about today’s modern street sweeping.

Street Sweeper – One of the First Vehicles on the Road

Sweepers were one of the first mechanical vehicles to appear in cities and residential neighborhoods.  

The very first street sweeping machine was patented in 1849 by its inventor C. S. Bishop. Motor-driven street sweepers actually started appearing in the streets of Boise Idaho in 1914.

This was the Elgin motorized street sweeper built by the Elgin Sweeper Company headed up by Mr. D. M. Todd.

Sweeping Science Fact 1

Many people think that the water sprayed by a street sweeper is for cleaning…It’s not.

The water sprayed by a street sweeper is actually a technique to keep dust on the road while the cleaning bristles sweep debris into the hopper.

Spraying water on the street is required by environmental laws to keep dust from fouling the air and contaminating the environment.

If you see a street sweeper kicking up a lot of dust, then the water jets are either clogged or the water tank on the sweeper is depleted.

Sweeping Science Fact 2

There are several types of brushes on a street sweeper and they act as a mechanical brooms. These brushes are:

Tube brushes – that have bristles attached throughout the tubes or strips of bristles attached in rows. The bristles are made of either steel, polycarbonate or a combination of both.

Gutter brushes – are shaped like a flat disk and rotate to push curb debris to the tube brushes. The tube brushes then “sweep” the debris onto a conveyor belt which drops it into a collection hopper.

Sweeping Science Fact 3

Debris (trash, leaves, branches, etc) from the sweeping is collected in a storage bin called the hopper.

Storage hopper’s come in all different sizes and need to be emptied regularly to avoid jamming the conveyor belt and damaging the mechanical components of the sweeper.

Here’s a video that shows a standard street sweeper emptying their hopper:

Evolving Technology for Sweepers

Sweeping technology keeps advancing.  Some recent innovations include:

Sound Dampening – Between the diesel engine, rotating brushes and spinning conveyor belt, a modern Street sweeper can be in noisy affair. Sound dampening technology is being built into modern street sweepers with quieter Motors and Better Sound insulation.

Vehicle power – with the focus on environmental impact, newer street sweepers are being powered either by electric battery or natural gas. natural gas has been in use in a number of cities for  the last decade.

Air sweepers – are also being equipped with vacuums and air scrubbers that eliminate the need for the water spray which is particularly useful in regions that are experiencing drought.

How Can C & L Services Help You?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been sweeping and servicing shopping centers, commercial properties and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include parking lot sweeping, municipal sweeping, construction sweeping, and garage scrubbing.

We can help you keep your property in excellent condition with reliable, dependable, cost-effective services. If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to speak with a professional street sweeper.

Street Sweeping –  Drivers Are the Eyes, Ears, and Brains of Street Sweeping

How many times have you thought about street sweeping drivers?

If you’re like most people the answer is never. And like most people you would probably wonder, “Why in heaven’s name would I be thinking about street sweeper drivers?”

However, thinking about street sweeper drivers can be enlightening. There’s far more to the job than people think (and people rarely think about street sweeping).  

They are actually the unsung heroes of clean, tidy and healthy.

So let’s have a look at street sweeping drivers in more detail, and then you’ll learn how to appreciate what they do the next time you notice them on your street.

Street sweeping – What Drivers Do Before Sweeping a Street

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Street Sweeper Drivers Vehicle Dashboard. Looks like the instruments in an airplane, doesn’t it?

Route Assignment – although there are some drivers that have been driving the same route for years, most drivers are assigned different routes weekly and sometimes daily.

Drivers must either call in or log in to a central office daily to obtain their assigned route for the day.

Weather check – Drivers also do a weather check to determine the conditions (rain and snow are not optimal conditions for street sweeping) and to obtain alternative assignments if the weather prevents street sweeping.

Equipment inspection –  driver’s conduct a full inspection of the vehicle  which includes fuel check, control panel inspection, hopper inspection, tube and gutter sweep check, conveyor belt check, and overall operation and maintenance of the vehicle.

Street Sweeping – What Drivers Do On The Route

Depending on what type of street sweeping being performed that day, there are differences in the tasks and obstacles for the assignment.

Residentials Street Sweeping

If a driver is performing residential street sweeping, the driver must pay attention to obstacles such a cars pulling out of their driveways, children playing, and critters of all types scurrying about.

Because the driver is moving at a slow speed, other vehicle operators actually become impatient and make careless moves around the sweeper. 

Sweeper drivers need to be extra cautious because of this risky behavior.

Construction Sweeping

If the driver is performing construction sweeping, there are not as much traffic to deal with, however the driver needs to be very attentive to the type of debris that’s being picked up.  

On a construction site, large debris such as cinder block, chunks of concrete, or large pieces of scrap wood need to be avoided.

Shopping Center and Commercial Parking Lot Sweeping

If the driver is sweeping a shopping center for commercial parking lot, there are lots of curb stops and bollards to look out for.

And with all sweeping assignments, the driver needs to keep an eye on the hopper.   The storage hopper needs to be emptied regularly before it reaches capacity.

Street Sweeping – What Drivers Do After Their Assignment

When the street sweeping assignment is done, the driver doesn’t just lock up the vehicle and go home…there are some post assignment tasks that need to be complete.

The street sweeper needs to be checked for damage and/or maintenance, and any issues with the vehicle, the route, or the swept area needs to be documented and communicated to the appropriate parties

Street sweeping –  There’s More to it Than What People Think

Drivers are the eyes, the ears, and the brains behind an effective street sweeping assignment. Proper training, years of experience, and commitment to hard work is what makes a great driver (and an excellent street sweeping company!)

How Can C & L Services Help You?

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been sweeping and servicing shopping centers, commercial properties and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include parking lot sweeping, municipal sweeping, construction sweeping, and garage scrubbing.

We can help you keep your property in excellent condition with reliable, dependable, cost-effective services. If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to speak with a professional about effective street sweeping.