Street Sweeping During Winter: The Importance of Removing Salt

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Over 70 percent of Americans have to deal with the nasty cold weather that comes with winter.

Although the snow and ice may look beautiful in pictures during the warmer months of the year, they present the most difficult conditions to travel in and require a great deal of manpower and materials to manage.

One of the most common materials used for snow and ice management is salt (also known as sodium chloride).  22 million tons of sodium chloride or road salt is dumped on paved surfaces to manage the ice by lowering its melting point.

However, using salt on roads, sidewalks, and other surfaces has its downsides.

Why Street Sweeping is crucial for salt removal

Using salt for snow and ice management during winter ultimately damages roads and other surfaces that get contaminated by salt.

Salt is one of the most basic naturally occurring chemicals that life needs to thrive.  While it is the cheapest and most practical way for us to manage winter ice, ice has one a serious effect on surfaces.
Because it is caustic, it can cause the breakdown of other materials in nature, including substances that we use to pave road surfaces, parking lot stripping and even interior floors.

Removing salt with street sweeping helps minimize the caustic effects of road salt.

Can Salt Contribute to the formation of Potholes?

Salt can speed up the appearance of potholes and makes existing deterioration on roads worse in certain situations. The salt itself used do not cause potholes, however it can contribute to the decreased life of the road.

It does this by exaggerating the freeze-thaw cycles at lower temperatures because of its property to keep water in liquid form even at very low temperatures.

Salt is a compound made up of two chemicals — sodium and chlorine. Sodium is a very corrosive element that will damage a wide range of substances that we use in interior and exterior surfaces, especially wood floors.

Chlorine, on the other hand, has a serious effect on parking lot stripping if the salt is allowed to accumulate on the stripping, causing the polymers in the stripe to dissolve.

Here’s one of our videos that explain some of the less obvious impacts of salt, debris and particulates on exterior and interior surfaces:

Street sweeping – the best approach to remove salt

When the winter season passes, it is imperative that we mitigate the effects of salt on roads, interior floors, parking lots, and even our cars by removing it.

Street sweeping is the ideal process that can clean away salt that has accumulated on surfaces during winter.

Removing salt is important not only because it will preserve paved surfaces, it also saves the environment by reducing the salt that could be washed on to plant areas and water catchment areas.

Municipalities employ street sweeping that uses the latest and most efficient equipment to remove as much salt from the roads, parking lots, and pavements as possible.

If you have a road, walkway, or sidewalk that you care for, take some time to implement a plan for professional street sweeping.

The goal is to clean away the salt left over from the winter, preserve the paved surfaces, stripes, and floors and save money in the long run.

Need a salt removal plan? Call us at 732-886-1940. We’re professionals in all types of street, parking lot, and garage deck cleaning. Sorry, we don’t don’t floors but can provide you with excellent street sweeping.

Street Sweeping: How Urban Renewal is Accelerating C & L Services Growth

Street Sweeping – Critical for Urban Growth

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Social reformers, philanthropists, and municipalities have discovered the amazing benefits of restructuring the urban characters of densely populated areas of the city as a tool to spur and accelerate growth.

The rapid and ever-subjective industrialization around the world has forced many areas around cities to become cramped as vital services are shared by more people than originally planned.

C & L Services is at the forefront of driving change to help people in urban areas live in healthy environments through professional street sweeping services. The company, founded on a mission to improve the quality of life within the municipalities it serves, has been at the forefront of driving supporting the environment for urban renewal projects.

Street Sweeping and Development of Urban Growth

The rapid development of urban centers in New Jersey demands a company with a team of passionate conservationists with state-of-the-art equipment.  This company will provide the sanitary needs of thousands of new residents and entrepreneurs that urban renewal projects attract each year. C & L Services provides more than just street sweeping but a comprehensive list of services to maintain municipalities and comply with stringent EPA requirements. C & L enjoyed accelerated growth by providing required services in these rejuvenated urban environments.

C & L Services has also won awards for dedication to environmental conservation and the quality of services offered. It is no secret that C & L Services is a top choice for all the municipalities that they serve. C & L’s services are particularly invaluable in these times of urban improvement and rehabilitation – when old and run-down buildings are refurbished or replaced with modern buildings and housing.

Emerging neighborhoods also find the seasoned street sweeping companies such as C & L up to the task of maintaining properties and cleanliness levels that strengthen the confidence that the people have in their living environment and municipal leaders.

Street Sweeping – Helping Attract Investment

Considering that urban renewal in the US is often meant to persuade individuals to come live within the city and for companies and entrepreneurs to invest capital in previously neglected areas, C & L is proud to be a part of this renewal process. Our continued growth is a result of the long-term positive prospects for continuing urban renewal all over New Jersey.

Even now as the cost of commuting rises and the cost of land higher than ever, the shift of people moving toward urban centers to cut costs and enjoy greater convenience has encouraged us to think of more creative ways to tackle renewal challenges.

Street Sweeping – Continuing Importance To Urban Renewal Growth

Urbanization is just over a century old, and with the way cities are flourishing with life, urban settlements will just keep getting denser and denser. Street sweeping services are going to enjoy continuous demand.

Municipalities are making huge investments in renewal projects as well as in population support infrastructure and services including expansion of health services and amenities.  C & L Services is properly equipped and prepared to improve the quality of lives of the people whose rejuvenated city settlements we clean.

Have questions or comments?  Call us at 732-886-1940 or leaves us a comment below.  We’re serious about our commitment to urban renewal and how we support growth through street sweeping.

Fencing: How Proper Fencing Improves the Appearance and Value of Your Property

Fencing – More Than Just Privacy

fencing property - sweeping.comErecting a fence can serve several purposes. First, fencing is a great way to enhance privacy for tenants or people who live adjacent to the property.

Many people put up fences primarily to keep critters and stray pets from getting into the property and to keep curious children away from “attractive hazards”.

Whatever your reasons for wanting to put up a fence, one thing is clear: a properly erected fencing not only adds value to your property, it also improves the “curb appeal”.

Whether you intend to put up a minimalist protective wire fence or a thick privacy fence, when you do it right, you will greatly improve the aesthetic value of the property.

Fencing – Position and size of the fence is important

A nice fence adds decorative benefits such as improving the appearance of less attractive elements (such as dumpsters or utility meters) and the property in general. If some part of your property has a less-than-desirable appearance, fencing can not only hide that area but also keep it from becoming a collection point for storage.

Before you hire someone to erect the fence, you should weigh your options as far as aesthetic vs purpose and decide on the right size and position of the fence.

If the fence is properly placed and built with quality materials, it can have a very positive impact on the appearance of your property. For example, a six foot white PVC fence can keep unauthorized people away from the dumpster, and hide the unappealing aspects of the trash bin.

Fencing – A fence is mostly about beauty within

Privacy aside, the utility is another concern that should shape your decision to install fencing on your property.

If you’re using fencing to hide a trash area, you’ll need to allow room for the access door to swing or slide for the pickup service. You’ll also need to plan space for access to the trash bins or dumpsters for clean up or the possible increase in size for the future.

Fencing – Choosing the right type of fence

There are many types of fences, usually presented beautifully in a catalog. Your decision on the type of fence you install should be based on the purpose of the fence, your budget, frequency of use, and the material you want to use.

Wood is the most popular material but it usually requires the most maintenance. You could go with PVC or steel but these materials are more expensive. Concrete is the most durable but if your primary objective is to improve the aesthetic values of your property, it’s hard to beautify concrete without adding additional materials to hide the concrete.

It is best to install a fence on your property to protect and beautify, but you can only achieve this with proper planning and expert installation.

This is why we recommend that you consult a property maintenance professional prior to the project and hire a professional contractor for the installation.

In the long run save you money, effort, and the disappointment that arises out of poor workmanship.  We’ll be glad to talk with you, we’re property maintenance professionals with three generations of experience.  Give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to talk with you and help you choose the right fencing.

Street Sweeping: The Top Five Reasons to Trust Your Street Sweeper

Street Sweeping – More Than Meets The Eye

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Most people do not realize it, but street sweepers do a lot more than just sweep dirt and debris; their work goes a long way to protect water resources, prevent floods, make roads passable by clearing the junk that blocks water drainages, and generally remove pollutants that could damage the health and well-being of the community.

Click here to look at all the different types of stuff street sweepers pick up.

Street Sweeping – A Time Honored Occupation

While most people do not give much thought to street sweepers, they have been around for hundreds of years…almost as long as organized human settlements have existed.  Street sweeping is now considered necessary for present-day waste disposal and has become a part of modern culture.

Street sweepers stand out in the work they do because it is obvious when streets are not clean and the normal debris of modern life piles up. Street sweeping professionals are trusted to do their job well and are often expected to go the extra mile to work when the rest of the city is asleep.

Here are the top five reasons why you should trust them:

1. Street sweepers are dedicated to their work
Since the street sweeping industry has embraced education, street sweeping has grown to become a profession with industry associations and professional certification.

Your local street sweeper is a member of a group of professionals focused on improving the quality of work they do. Street sweeping is more of a calling than just a job.

2. Street sweepers have the right tools for the job
Advancement in technology has provided street sweepers with many benefits. Today, Professionals in this industry use cutting-edge technologies and equipment. Street sweepers apply their professional expertise to remove all types of dirt and debris as well as potentially harmful contaminants and pollutants.

This is economically smart because it gets the job done right, fast and cost effectively.

3. Street sweepers improve the environment
Our cities and neighborhoods would be unsightly—perhaps unhealthy were it not for the work street sweepers do. Their primary job is to sweep debris and litter and dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has regulations and guidelines in place that guide street sweepers how to collect and dispose of all types of potentially harmful trash to protect the community.

4. Street sweeping maintains and improves the value of real estate
Perhaps the most noticeable benefit that street sweepers add to our world is improving and maintaining the value of real estate.

The curb appeal of a clean street without litter improves the perceived value of the properties in the neighborhood. Whether it is a city, town, or neighborhood, proper street sweeping boosts the value of property.

5. Street sweepers are a part of the community
Street sweeping is a profession that provides stable jobs to tens of thousands of people across the nation.

Most professionals in this industry specialize in a particular state or region and will often have roots to the community they serve. These professionals play an active role in contributing to the community both in and outside work.

Making the city or a neighborhood clean and habitable is everyone’s responsibility, but street sweepers make the most visible contribution to ensure this happens.

The next time you see a clean street, remember someone dedicated time and effort to make it that way.

Looking for a trusted street sweeping partner?  Please give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to give you a quote and share out passion for street sweeping.

Asphalt Repair: The Difference Between Cold Patching and Hot Mix Patching

Asphalt Repair – Two Approaches

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If you’re looking for an experienced paver, read our article, Paving: How To Find The Right Paver For Your Project.

Sometimes, depending on the severity of the damage, repair may involve simple patchwork or it may take a lot of work to restore the surface. There are different ways to do the repair, the most popular being cold patch and hot mix. Read on to discover the difference between the two.

Cold Patch Asphalt Repair and Its Application

Some people see this as a “do-it-yourself” asphalt repair technique because of its simplicity, cold patch repair is a method that involves the use of ready-made polymer-modified asphalt. The asphalt is mixed with water then poured over the pothole or crack to fill and packing it as best as possible. The mix will dry quickly and the repaired surface will typically be ready to use within three to five hours.

As you can imagine, cold patch asphalt repair is a temporary fix that is great for small repairs that have to be carried out fast but do not necessarily have to be permanent. It is a very economical approach to sealing small potholes and cracks compared to hot mix patching and does not generally have a long life expectancy. Experts recommend that an asphalt surface is cold-patched as a way to mitigate further damage until hot mix patching is available or affordable.

Hot Mix Asphalt Repair and Its Application

For hot-mix asphalt patching, a solution made up of sand, gravel, or stone and asphalt cement is heated up to over 400 degrees and transported to the repair site.  This mix is poured into the cracks and potholes on the surface and heavy rollers are used to smooth the surface. This technique of asphalt repair is not for do-it-yourselfers considering the equipment and effort required to make the mix and apply the patch the right way.

If you have a surface with deep and wide potholes or large areas of damaged pavement, hot asphalt patching is the ideal solution to restore the surface with permanent results. While this process is more expensive compared to cold patching, it leaves the repaired surface as attractive as new. Hot asphalt patching repair requires more thorough preparation, and the surface takes more time to be ready for use. The extra time is needed so the mix will harden properly and bond with the asphalt surrounding it.

The best choice for repairing damage on an asphalt surface is hot mix. Not only does it produce better and lasting results, over time it is cost-efficient and a great way to preserve the value of a property. Cold patching, on the other hand, is a good temporary fix that can be used until hot mix patching is available (or affordable).

Do you have more questions on which type of asphalt repair you need?  Call us at 732-886-1940 and we will be glad to discuss your asphalt repair needs, objectives, and budget.

Concrete Repair: Why Inlets Collapse and What To Do About It

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Concrete is known to be a very strong,  exceptionally durable material used in construction. These are the characteristics that make concrete water inlets perfect for drainage or flowing rain water even in places of high traffic such as paved streets, car parks, parking lots, footpaths, sidewalks, and roofs.

A typical concrete inlet features a grate that filters out the debris trapped in rainwater from entering and blocking the storm drain. The grate also prevents vehicles, people, and larger objects from falling into the culvert.

See our images of concrete inlets and inlet repair.

Concrete Repair – Can concrete inlets get damaged?

Despite being dependable and durable, concrete inlets can fail, posing risks to people and animals who might fall into sink holes caused by the collapse of the inlet. When larger pieces of debris, leaves or construction materials find their way into the inlets, the drainage water backs up into the street or pathway.

When larger pieces of debris, leaves or construction materials find their way into the inlets, the drainage water backs up into the street or pathway. This “backed-up” water seeps into the cracks between the inlet and the pavement and can cause erosion of the sub-strata.

When this happens, concrete repair for the inlet grate, culvert and apron can be quite costly. In addition, the erosion on the surrounding the pavement, sidewalk, or groundcover can cause large sinkholes that would also need to be

If this erosion is extreme, the inlet and supporting structure can fail and the concrete repair can be quite costly. In addition, the erosion to the surrounding the pavement, sidewalk, or groundcover can cause large sinkholes that would also need to be filled, compacted, and reseeded.

Here are some of the main reasons why inlets collapse and what concrete repair measures are necessary to restore the inlets.

Reason 1: Structural failure

Although concrete is the most dependable material to use in making inlet aprons and boxes, improper concrete mixing and pouring may leave weak spots after the concrete has cured.

These weak points are often difficult to spot in concrete but you can minimize risks by choosing high-quality factory-made precasts that have been tested for strength and consistency.

When it comes to concrete repair, poured-in-place casts must be designed to meet site-specific requirements including reinforcement and environmental conditions necessary for the concrete to dry properly.

Reason 2: Functional failure

When a concrete inlet is poorly designed, it can collapse because it can’t handle the pressure of drainage water or when the load on the grates is too high.

When the inlet cover is installed without proper preparation or when the grates are too thin or too far apart, functional failure is possible. Such functional faults can be repaired before too much damage is done.

For effective and long lasting concrete repair, review and adjust for site-specific factors such as traffic, amount of water and debris, geographic features and environmental factors that affect the runoff water.

Reason 3: Poor maintenance

Like every other drainage system, a concrete inlet must be properly maintained to prolong its life and enhance its efficiency. This means that debris must be cleaned away from the grate after storms, smaller particles that build up must be cleaned out, and the entire drainage system must route the water to where it is designed.

A concrete repair process must include the use of a sufficiently large vault system, properly sized pipes, and maintenance access in the design for ongoing maintenance.

Concrete repair of collapsed inlets is a chance to fix all the problems that caused the collapse in the first place. These tips can be a starting point when assessing and repairing a collapsed or ineffective drainage inlet system.

Do you have an inlet in need of concrete repair?  Is your inlet sagging, cracked or not operating properly?  Call us at 609-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to assess your needs and guide you to the proper level of inlet concrete repair.

Street Sweeping – New Trends That Sweeps Streets Clean and Safe

Street Sweeping – Evolving to Higher Standards

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Flexibility, environmental sensitivity and well maintained equipment are in demand by clients

The street sweeping industry has become more competitive. With more professional street sweeping companies entering the industry, clients are demanding ever higher standards.

Have a look at the variety of new and different types of debris that needs to be “swept up”.

Any company which desires to remain competitive needs to keep in tune with the ever-changing customer expectations and demands. This requires paying attention to the emerging trends which are shaking up the industry.

Understanding the latest trends, and adjusting operational standards, practices or services accordingly is essential for any company which wants to remain competitive. Any company which ignores these trends does so at its own peril. So, what are the latest trends? Well, here’s a selection of that are getting the most attention in the industry.

Sreet Sweeping Trend 1 – Versatility in Service Delivery

The days when street sweepers simply swept streets are over. Nowadays, clients want companies which are versatile. This means that the companies can handle clearing any size of debris, at any scale, and under any condition. Versatility also means that street sweepers can provide services beyond merely sweeping streets. Among the extra services clients demand from street sweeping companies are portering, replacement and repairs.

To be versatile, a company needs to first of all invest in equipment which can handle various street sweeping and cleaning projects. It also means companies need to provide a variety of street cleaning services which stretch beyond sweeping. Finally, versatility means tapping into emerging technologies to enhance service delivery. For instance, forward-thinking companies now employ technologies like GPS and mobile apps to simplify resource allocation and coordination of their services.

Finally, versatility means tapping into emerging technologies to enhance service delivery. For instance, forward-thinking companies now employ technologies like GPS and mobile apps to simplify resource allocation and coordination of their services.

Street Sweeping Trend 2 – Flexibility with Communities

Having fixed working schedules may have been a virtue in the past, but not anymore. Clients nowadays want flexibility in cleaning schedules. They prefer companies which can schedule their cleaning operations in what is normally considered off hours. This includes, for instance, after 4 or 5PM on weekdays, or even on weekends.

Even as they desire flexibility in scheduling, clients expect minimum interference or inconvenience from the cleaning operations. For instance, they expect the cleaning equipment to be quiet enough not to bother them with irritating noises.

To be flexible, companies need to discuss with clients what their most convenient cleaning schedules are. They also need to invest in equipment which is as quiet as possible. Finally, they need to hire individuals who are willing to work beyond the standard 8 to 5.

Street Sweeping Trend 3 – Environmental Concerns

Most clients today are concerned about the environment. Specifically, they are concerned about their own carbon footprint. Many clients are now avoiding environmentally unfriendly cleaning services that contribute to environmental degradation.

Clients now prefer street sweeping companies which are eco-friendly. They expect companies to use cleaning chemicals which are biodegradable and safe for the environment. Companies need to place such standards into consideration when purchasing cleaning materials.

Street Sweeping Trend 4 – Professional Development

There was a time when street sweeping was considered menial work. Street sweepers were expected to have a basic education and not much commitment to the work. As such, clients did not expect more than basic street sweeping from their sweeping contractors. Well, not anymore. Clients are now raising their expectations of street sweepers. They expect them to be professionals with experience and committed to high levels of customer satisfaction. They are not willing to tolerate unprofessional conduct or mediocre performance.

To adapt, many street sweeping companies are now adopting professional standards for their staff and operators. This includes joining professional organizations, continuous education, and professional certification. Such companies are setting higher standards of conduct in the industry. Any company which wants to stay competitive needs to adopt similar standards.

In a nutshell, the street sweeping industry is changing rapidly – as new players enter the market, and client expectations continue to rise. To remain competitive, a company needs to pay attention to the emerging industry trends and alter their operations accordingly.

The latest trends which are sweeping through the industry include versatility in service delivery, flexibility with communities, environmental concerns, and professional development. Any street sweeping company which desires to remain competitive needs to adapt its policies, standards, and services according to these new realities.

If you’re looking for a street sweeping service that is dedicated to adopting the newest trends, give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to talk with you about how we are raising the bar in street sweeping.

Municipal Street Sweeping – The Love-Hate Relationship Between The Public and Municipal Street Sweepers

Municipal Street Sweeping – A Necessary Service

municipal street sweeping - sweeping.comMunicipal street sweeping is a necessary service that every community must have to remove the debris brought about by everyday living. This service does a lot more than we appreciate — besides making the streets tidy and beautiful, street sweeping also helps control pests.

Municipal street sweeping also safeguards the environment by properly disposing of materials such as non-bio-degradable plastics and other types of non-degradable trash.  To get an idea of how much trash is picked up, here’s an article that details the mountain of debris, dirt, and trash encountered by the municipal street sweeping services.

To understand the passionate love-hate relationship between the public and the municipal street sweeping, in this post, we will focus on street sweeping.

Municipal Street Sweeping – What People Love about Street Sweepers

Life would be difficult in cities and urban areas if street sweepers had never been conceived. The safest and cleanest cities thrive because they have a workforce that regularly removes trash and debris from the streets and ensures that they are properly disposed of. Neighborhoods look great and very attractive because street sweepers take the time to clean out all the eyesores and litter.

If you live in a neighborhood with an efficient street cleaning service in place, you should never take it for granted because someone wakes up earlier than you to clean the streets on your behalf.

Neighborhoods look attractive because street sweepers take the time to clean out litter, debris, and accumulated dirt. If you live in a neighborhood with an efficient street cleaning service in place, don’t take it for granted because someone wakes up early to clean the streets for your benefit.

Cities and neighborhoods that are considered clean and livable often have municipal street sweepers working at all hours to ensure it is so. Homes in such neighborhoods enjoy higher market value because of enhanced curb appeal. Consistent street sweeping, coupled with effective environmental conservation, are a sought after criteria when evaluating the “livability” of a community.

Municipal Street Sweeping – What People Don’t Like So Much about Street Sweepers

While municipal street sweeping has its pros, this service is not devoid of cons. For starters, in many communities and cities, people have to park their cars on the street. Residents find it inconvenient to have to park their cars somewhere else during the street sweeping day. The inconvenience may seem inconsequential but considering the number of people affected, there is a lot of complaining.

No one ever likes to clean up after someone else, even the municipal street sweepers. It would be great if  no one litters.  If there were no litter, there would be no need to spend money on municipal street sweepers.

However, funding for the labor and equipment for municipal street sweeping comes from taxes and frankly, people are not fond of paying taxes. People do enjoy the fact that a municipality takes the responsibility to clean the streets, but no one likes paying taxes to meet the cost of this service.

Municipal Street Sweeping – A Boon To Society

Street sweepers are a vital part of the existence and normal operation of cities and urban neighborhoods; without them, organized urban societies would struggle with health and environmental challenges.  We need them and manage the pros and cons for what they do to keep our societies safe and functioning.

Looking to keep your community clean and looking good?  Call C & L Services at 732-886-1940 to discuss your needs for municipal street sweeping.

Property Maintenance: Prevention is Better Than Cure

Property Maintenance – Truisms That Work

property maintenance - sweeping.comThe reason we have to see the dentist every so often, even when our teeth are just fine, is to prevent painful problems with our teeth. Any dentist, or physician for that matter, advise patients to go for regular checkups.

They know that waiting to treat health problems until they arise can cause the patient pain and huge treatment costs. This truism that works well with our physical health is just as true when it comes to property maintenance.

If you care about the value of your property, you should give it the same treatment you give your personal health – regular inspections and immediate repair of trouble areas as soon as signs of wear or damage show. The sooner a maintenance issue is tackled, the easier and cheaper it is to prevent further costly repair.

Property Maintenance – The Benefits of Early Detection and Prevention

Scheduling regular inspection of your property is the ideal way to identify the repair or maintenance required before small problems become big issues that cost a lot more to fix. Small problems such as cracks and minor damage can deteriorate very quickly unless they are discovered and fixed timely.

When a property maintenance contractor inspects a property, he or she will be better informed regarding any preventive maintenance steps required to improve the safety or the value of the property. Recurring problems that may have been fixed in the past should also be inspected to determine whether solutions applied were effective or not.

According to the American Society for Quality (ASQ), it costs as much as four to five times to fix an issue on a property compared to preventing the said problem through a routine, consistent maintenance program. This cost goes beyond monetary value if you also consider the inconvenience that tenants have to put up with as the time-consuming repairs are conducted.

Property Maintenance – Principles of Problem Prevention

There are few and straightforward principles of preventing problems on a property and general property maintenance.

The most important principle is that owners must schedule routine, consistent, and frequent inspections of the property. These inspections must be followed up with immediate and appropriate interventions that resolve any issues discovered during the inspection. The problems that could cause the costliest repairs should have the most attention and be fixed first.

A seasonal inspection and maintenance checklist could be valuable to address climate-related problems, where and how they affect the property integrity, and the remedies or repairs to resolve them. Keeping track of these maintenance details will help the owner keep track of repairs and generate data that can be used to develop a reserve fund for future repairs and replacement.

Property Maintenance – Keeping Track and Following Up

Finally, if you are a property owner or manager, consider implementing a system of communication (enlist tenants and show them how to contact you) and use an automated ticketing system to help keep track of repairs, flag priority items, and follow-up after repairs. Such an automated system can prove useful in extending the life of your property by providing actionable data and keeping issues from “falling through the cracks”.

Have questions about your property maintenance?  Give C & L Services a call at 732-886-1940 for a free consultation.  We’re experts at helping property owners prevent issues and keep costs down with their property maintenance.

Seal Coating: The Questions to Ask Before You Start Your Seal Coating Project

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Fresh seal coating makes the pavement look beautiful and new!

Seal Coating – Slowing Down The Aging Process

As soon as the hot freshly laid asphalt on your parking lot begins to cool down, the aging process begins. From this point on, the elements and use begin to wear the parking lot down.

The sun’s rays begin the oxidation process, water starts penetrating the tiniest cracks, oil seeps further down, and temperature variations essentially wear the surface bit by bit.

The secret to extending the life of any paved surface is to seal the pavement.  And the success of the seal coating project is how it is planned, prepared, sealed, and finalized.

If you are considering seal coating your parking lot, there are a number of vital questions you must ask your contractor to ensure that the job is done right the first time and to maximize the longevity of the coated surface.

Step 1: What Planning Is Needed Before The Seal Coating Project?

There is a popular saying among professional seal coating contractors: “Effective seal coating is 95 percent preparation and 5% actual sealing.” It is important to find an experienced seal coating contractor because of the variables that have an impact on the longevity of the lot. Here are some questions to ask:

When will be the best time to seal coat the lot?

When is the lot busiest and when is it less used?

What are the best materials to use based on lot traffic, my budget and seasonal weather?

It is vital that you choose a seal coating contractor who is meticulous about planning the ‘whens’ and ‘hows’ of seal coating and involves you in the planning process.

Step 2: What Is Needed To Prepare for The Seal Coating Project?

Asphalt must be cured and solid for at least 30 to 60 days after installation before sealing. A seal coating professional can use simple tests such as pouring clean water on the surface to see whether a thin oil film forms on the surface to determine if the parking lot is sufficiently cured.

What cracks need to be filled (seal coating should not take the place of crack filling)?

Which holes need to be filled and compacted?

Is there damage to the pavement that must be repaired?

Should you repave a damaged section of your lot? Here’s an article we published titled, “5 Clear Signs That You Should Invest In Paving Services”. The article will help you determine if you should repair or repave.

While you compare various contractors, ask them about types of materials and application methods they will use before making your mind up. The right contractor should answer these questions to your satisfaction as well as explain their approach to setting up barriers and barricades and why.

To finalize your preparation, the lot surface needs to be thoroughly cleaned, debris removed, and professionally swept by an experienced parking lot sweeping team.

Step 3: How Should the Seal Coating Project Be Managed During The Application?

When it comes to ensuring that your parking lot is properly sealed, take some time to evaluate the different approaches that your chosen seal coating contractor uses, the seal coating material, and the number of coats.

We recommend that your contractor applies two coats and apply the material according to manufacturer recommendations.

Step 4: What Should Be Done After The Lot Is Sealed?

After sealing, the time needed to dry depends on the weather and having a contractor that can properly coordinate your property to minimize the inconvenience to residents or tenants.

C & L Services is particularly skilled with seal coat coordination and can arrange for an accessible surface in a little as three hours.

Also, ensure that you choose a contractor that can provide line striping for the parking lot after the seal has dried.

Finally, ask your chosen contractor for a meeting to follow-up and appraise the job shortly after the project is finished.

Still have questions? Call C & L General Services at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to answer your questions for your parking lot seal coating project.

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