Pothole Patching: Semi-Permanent Repair

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The best-known pothole patching method is the semi-permanent repair method. It is more involved than the methods (throw & go and the throw & roll) discussed in the previous blog post. This method is typically used during the summer months when the weather is warmer.

Pothole Patching: Inside the Semi-Permanent Repair Method

Semi-permanent repair is the most time consuming of all the pothole patching methods. When using this method, these five steps should be followed: 

  1. Completely remove water and debris from the pothole
  2. Square the area so it forms one big square
  3. Again, remove all debris from the area
  4. Compact the repaired area
  5. Open the area to traffic

This is the most time consuming method because of the steps, equipment, and man-power involved. However, the semi-permanent repair is the most reliable. 

Pothole Patching: Compacting the Area

With the throw and roll method, a truck would be used to compact the repaired area. Here, a vibratory roller is recommended. It is better for compaction. Start in the middle of the surface with the roller and work your way to the edges. 

In conclusion, the semi-permanent repair is one of the most reliable and popular pothole patching methods. Although it is time consuming, it is built-to-last. 


Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) is a street sweeping and property maintenance company servicing property managers and communities since 1971. Although our specialty is street sweeping, we have years of experience line striping and seal coating parking lots and parking garages all over New Jersey. Our crews are ready to tackle the toughest construction and project sites with our fleet of street sweepers.

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 find out more about our services, or click here.

5 Ways To Make Your Tennis Courts Look Amazing

Playing good tennis means having a good court. If a tennis court becomes old and worn, it's time for a tennis court resurfacing.

Tennis Court Resurfacing – Players Blame Bad Tennis On The Surface of the Court

If you are a tennis player, you know how frustrating this game can be. Many people, at one time or another, have not been proud of how they acted on court. Emotions (generally frustration) have cost a few matches over the years.

There are certainly many aspects in the game that need to be in place in order to play good tennis.  The tennis court surface is one of them. When a tennis court becomes old and worn,  it’s time for a tennis court resurfacing.

Here are the 5 Ways to Make Your Tennis Courts Look Amazing:

Amazing Tennis Court Resurfacing Tip #1 – Fix Puddles

Puddles on the court are a nuisance for several reasons. They take different shapes and run in different directions. Although they are undesirable, they are commonly a result of a dips in the court surface. However, puddles can be eliminated with resurfacing.

During the resurfacing project any existing puddles can be filled in with special filler materials or asphalt. If the puddle is caused by decay of the underlying substrate, the area must be excavated, filled and then smoothed.

Amazing Tennis Court Resurfacing Tip #2 – Remove Peeling And Flaking

Over time, tennis courts naturally develop imperfections such as peeling and flaking of the protective coating. Unfortunately such things are inevitable with age. When you see these flaws, think about tennis court resurfacing.

Actually, if you initiate a tennis court resurfacing once every three to seven years, you can avoid this unsightly appearance and make the tennis court look and feel like brand new.  Happy Homeowners and clients are far easier to deal with when they see good looking courts.

Amazing Tennis Court Resurfacing Tip #3 – Fix Cracks

Most tennis courts develop some type of cracks.  These cracks are often caused by exposure to weather conditions especially in areas with extreme changes in temperature.

In the northern portion of the US, the weather can get quite cold causing substantial contraction and expansion to the tennis court surface. This in turn makes court resurfacing necessary.

The best solution is to have a professional evaluate the surface, diagnose the cause of cracking, and suggest a remedy accordingly.

Amazing Tennis Court Resurfacing Tip #4 – Smooth Blisters And Bubbling

Apart from the repairs mentioned above, there are several other issues that may need attention. For example, blisters and bubbles can begin to appear in the court surface over time.

These imperfections are commonly the result of moisture trapped under the tennis court coating or sloppy application of the coating.

Blisters and bubbles can be smoothed by injecting acrylic latex or mastic to re-adhere the coating and smooth the surface.

Amazing Tennis Court Resurfacing Tip #5 – Keep The Court Clean

This is probably the least expensive but most effective tip for keeping your tennis courts looking amazing.  Keep the tennis court as clean and dry as possible.

No one likes to play on a dirty court, so make it a habit to remove debris, dirt and dust at the start of each day. If too much dirt builds up over time, not only is it unsightly, it can cause the court to deteriorate.

Cleaning the courts daily will help you avoid all these issues.

Tennis Court Resurfacing Pros

Looking for professional tennis court resurfacing?  We’re responsive, reliable, affordable and make your tennis courts look amazing ! Call Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) at 732-886-1940.

5 Surprising Facts about Paving

Since the first recorded use of asphalt in 625 BC, it has become the most popular paving material in the United States with huge economic benefits.

Paving With Asphalt – It’s Been Around Longer Than You Think

Since the first recorded use of asphalt for paving roads in Babylon as early as 625 BC, asphalt has come a long way to become the most popular paving material with huge economic and ecological benefits to humanity around the world. Most people take for granted what a valuable resource asphalt is when in fact it is the primary material used to pave more than 95 percent of the highways and roads in the US!

Asphalt is the most preferred paving material because it is cheap, highly recyclable, and does not pollute the air or the environment. Pathways, roads, parking locations, and highways paved with this material are smooth and comfortable to ride on because of asphalt’s noise reduction properties. They are durable, and provide good traction, which makes them safe. Emerging technologies and applications of asphalt paving is proof enough that it will continue being a vital element of the future of humanity.

5 Surprising Facts About Paving

Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about asphalt.

1. It is 100% natural

Asphalt is a naturally occurring material that is found in asphalt lakes or as rock asphalt (a mixture of asphalt, rock, and sand). It gets its name from the black, viscous, and sticky liquid also known as bitumen. It is typically mixed with mineral aggregate then laid and compacted on a subgrade foundation and a base of crushed stone to create the smooth and durable paved surfaces we drive and walk on.

2. It saves us a lot of money

Asphalt is a very economic paving material, and it is not just because it is highly recyclable, but also because it builds highly durable surfaces. A report by the National Asphalt Pavement Association showed that 2.27 million miles of interstate highways and roads in the US are paved with asphalt. About 80 percent of old asphalt can be removed and recycled, saving the taxpayer up to $300 million each year. This material is such an efficient preservative that it was used by ancient Egyptians in the mummification process.

3. It paves almost all our roads and parking areas

More than 94 percent of parking areas and pathways in the US are paved with asphalt. It is more preferred material over concrete because of its cost-effectiveness, durability, and strength. Asphalt paving is also a versatile substance that simplifies construction, making it ideal for use in a variety of applications in commercial and residential areas. For instance, porous asphalt is increasingly being used in low-impact storm water management areas because it handles runoff water more effectively.

4. It reduces noise pollution and saves us time

A study carried out by the Federal Highway Association found that roads paved with asphalt are so smooth that they reduce the fuel consumption of trucks by as much as 4.5 percent. The same report showed that these roads reduce highway noise by between 3 and 5 dB(A), enabling smoother rides and safer journeys. Besides, the construction of these roads are completed quickly because asphalt paving is easy to work, saving commuters millions of work hours every year and reducing traffic delays.

5. It interconnects the society without harming the environment

Asphalt makes significant contributions to the cohesiveness and safety of the community by providing jobs and a long-lasting transportation and communication product. Every $1 billion worth of asphalt surface paved creates over 28,000 jobs with no risk to the community or the environment.

What Are Your Paving Needs?

According to Wikipedia, our relationship with asphalt began in the 13th century when indigenous people used it as an adhesive for making ceremonial items and building materials. The Babylonians may have been among the first people to use it for road pavements, starting a trend that paved the road for modern civilization. Do you appreciate asphalt more now?

If you’re looking to repair, replace or upgrade your paving, call us at 732-886-1940 for quotes and advisory for asphalt paving.  We’re paving experts and we’re responsive, reliable and do great work for our clients.

Line Striping: Never Let Parking Lot Lines Fade Away

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Line Striping As A Form Of Communication

Line striping is a critical form of communication in an organized and structured parking lot.  The line stripes direct parking lot users on how to drive through the parking lot and where specifically to park.

However, over time and with more use of the parking lot, these lines can fade away. Consistent maintenance requires that they are regularly “re-striped” so they are easy to read for clients, customers, and others.

Fading is mainly caused by use, with the rate of fading determined by the level of traffic and “wear & tear” on the lines. Parking lots with high traffic fade faster.

Other factors that affect the rate of fading are environmental factors such as exposure to the sun, weather elements, snow melt chemicals, and the quality of line striping paint.

Line Striping Functions

Why is maintaining line stripes in parking lots so important?

Parking lot line striping serves two primary functions:

1. Direction arrows and parking lines help direct traffic in an orderly manner so that people know where to drive and park.

2. Well maintained line stripes look good and leave a positive first impression for the people who use the parking lot.

Ensuring the lines are always visible and in good condition is an effective way for property owners and managers to show just how well the property is maintained.

An additional benefit of proper line stripping is aesthetic: clearly colored lines that make it easy for a driver to find a parking spot and properly park his/her car boosts the property’s curb appeal, and in the process, the overall impression of the businesses served by the parking lot.

Line Striping Fading

What happens when the striping lines fade away?

Since line striping lines improve the aesthetic value of the parking lot, the first casualty of faded parking and direction lines is the negative perception created for the public.

When driving lanes or parking space markings are hard to see, parking lot users can get frustrated even before they step out of their cars. This frustration can be transferred to the businesses served by the parking lot.

A diligent property manager or property owner cannot afford to have customers and tenants parking in erratically, this is just not good for business.

A business parking lot without clear line striping will not be properly organized and space that could be put to good use will be wasted.

Just like a road without markings, a parking lot without well-defined lines increases the chances of an accident, higher incidences of customer dissatisfaction and possibly business liabilities.

Line Striping and ADA Responsibilities

People with disabilities, in particular, could have a difficult time making use of the lot if handicapped spaces are not clearly defined.

Along with ADA requirements, fire departments have guidelines which encourage the colors on parking lot stripping lines be vibrant and clearly visible.

For tips on planning, paint, and measurement, check out our post, “Line Striping: Guidelines for Line Striping the Right Way”

Line Striping Remedy

How to remedy the fading of parking lot stripping lines?

There is little that property managers can do to reduce the fading of stripping lines in a parking lot. The best they can do is to ensure that the lot is always properly cleaned and well maintained to get rid of dirt, debris, tire marks, and other elements that may obstruct the visibility of the lines.

Experts recommend that parking lot line striping lines on a busy parking lot be re-striped at least once every 12 to 24 months and on less busy lots up to 48 months. This is necessary and should be considered a recurrent property maintenance expense.

As you can see, the line stripes in a business property parking lot play a huge role in creating a good first impression about the property and the businesses it serves.

Regular re-striping fading lines will restore the aesthetics improve the confidence customers and tenants enjoy with property managers and the businesses that the lot serves.

Need your parking lot “re-striped”?  Call Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) at 732-886-1940 to discuss the scope and logistics for your parking lot line striping.

Street Sweeping – When Do I Need It And How Often Should I Do It?

Street Sweeping – More Than Aesthetics

Street sweeping  serves as a much greater practice than simply removing huge debris for an aesthetically pleasant appearance. It is a proven measure in reducing pollutants within commercial and residential areas.

Street sweeping frequency is directly related to the amount of traffic generated by the surrounding area. This means that busy town centers and main roads should be swept more frequently than a quiet residential area. Also, sweeping needs to be done for different parties at different times.

Street Sweeping Frequency for Homeowners Associations

For Homeowners Associations: Once a quarter. After the winter season when the snow melts away, sweeping helps to remove debris piled up from snow plows. Such debris can block storm water basins causing local flooding during heavy rains.

During the spring season, sweeping helps to remove sand and salt especially at the bottom of the hills.

In summer, sweeping helps to remove dust, improving the clean appearance of the area. Sweeping the dirt from paved streets helps ensure an environmentally healthy and safe community.

Finally, for the fall season, sweeping removes leaves and other vegetation that collects in the streets and storm drains.

Street Sweeping Frequency for Municipalities

For Municipalities: Street sweeping should be done monthly. It is a responsible practice for municipalities to mitigate accumulation of dirt, litter, and vegetation from paths and streets.

The main objective is to maintain “curb appeal” for the community, and that is why sweeping needs to be done on a regular basis.  Street sweeping is also one of the most visible signs that tax dollars are at work.

Street Sweeping for Shopping Centers

For Shopping Centers: To maintain the clean look of a commercial property, oil, grease, and debris needs to be cleaned regularly. Although this type of debris is not always obvious, they should not accumulate until they are noticeable.

Parking lots at shopping centers must always look spotless and intact to cast a good impression on the visitors. We recommend daily sweeping for commercial centers.

Street Sweeping for Construction Sites

For Construction Sites: Sweeping is required at construction sites where trucks and other heavy vehicles carry huge amounts of dust, debris, and other potential pollutants. Frequent sweeping of such areas can alleviate the major source of dust.

Fugitive dust from backfilling and excavation operations for the treatment plants must be kept to a minimum. Soil erosion must be managed because wash off from piled materials can be a source of pollutants for the construction period.

This is why municipalities require proper management of soil erosion.

Looking for more guidance?  Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) is Central New Jersey’s authority on property maintenance services.  Call us today for street sweeping at 732-886-1940.

Construction Street Sweeping- Why It Is Better To Stay Legal And Clean

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Construction Street Sweeping – Consistent is Better

Construction sites are well known for excessive buildup of litter and debris, which is why it is extremely indispensable to sweep and clean the sites consistently.  Government agencies are responsible for making sure that stormwater runoff from the construction sites and roadways does not harm the environment. Helping construction sites keep dirt off the area through regular street sweeping and in compliance with the regulations gives everyone a cleaner and healthier environment.

Construction street sweeping is not a cost, it is an investment. Limiting airborne dust and keeping waterways clean during construction may not seem important, however many consider it to be essential for cleanliness, keeping sediments, tracked soil and eroding off roads and completely out of water drainage systems. Believe it or not, the best way to alleviate water and air pollution is to simply sweep it off the streets, typically through construction street sweeping. And that is why, construction sweeping is considered to be an investment, and not a cost.

Construction Street Sweeping – Keeping The Municipality (and Neighbors) Happy

Construction street sweeping is required by the municipality where the project is being constructed. It is necessary to comply with EPA storm-water runoff rules since construction street sweeping is a valuable tool in the fight against all types of pollution. These rules also help to prevent storm-water drains from becoming clogged with dirt.

Water runoff that picks soil, sand, and silt from construction sites can harm coastal waters, lakes, rivers, and overtax sewer storm systems. And that is why the EPA has developed rules in order to require construction companies and home builders with developing and maintaining a SWPPP (Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan) that addresses and recognizes all the erosion control.

Construction Street Sweeping – Reducing Pollution, Maintaining the Environment

Construction street sweeping also helps to reduce the amount of pollutants that enter the storm-water system. Although the EPA completely establishes a recognized national standard definition, many construction companies may fall under the jurisdiction of a country, state, or even localized stormwater anti-pollution regulation.

As mentioned above, SWPPP describes all activities of the construction site’s operator in order to control erosion and sedimentation, curb stormwater contamination, and completely comply with the needs of the Clean Water Act. In case of bigger construction companies, it is essential to have staff responsible for sediment and erosion control and proper stormwater management.

Construction Street Sweeping – Making a Good Visual Impression

Construction sweeping also improves the cleanliness of the site. Routine construction sweeping can not only result in improved aesthetics, but also lead to improved environmental conditions along with cost savings. This in turn can also help with sales and marketing efforts as well as keeping the interiors of construction site buildings free of mud and dirt.

Regular sweeping can deal with all types of materials, including concrete spills, asphalt pieces, construction and mud debris. If these debris are not dealt with, it usually clogs the gutters, and when it rains most of the debris are washed into the drains where they eventually could lead to blockages and possible flooding that affects homeowners and roadways.

Keep your site clean and safe (and be environmentally responsible too!).  Call us at 732-886-1940 for quotes and advisory services for street sweeping.  We’re the street sweeping experts and we’re responsive, reliable and keep your site looking good.

Inlet Repair – Why You Should Fix Your Storm Drain Inlet

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) specializes in inlet repair

Inlet Repair – Functions of Storm Water Inlets

Storm water drains have different names. Whether they are called curb inlets, drop inlets, catch basins or drain inlets, they are all the same thing and serve the same functional purpose.

Storm water inlets drain storm water runoff and diverts it to underground piping. This prevents flooding and diverts water to basins or waterways designed to manage storm water.

Sinkholes and Their Links to Drainage Structures

You may have noticed that sinkholes sometimes appear around storm water drains. One of the major causes of sinkholes around storm water drains is structure leakage.

This happens when the seams around the structure begins to leak through water intrusion. The degree of the leakage increases over time if not fixed. The materials used in the joints between the pipes will gradually deteriorate and the leaks will become wider. This process of sealing pipe joints is known as parging.

It is important to note that postponing an inlet repair will result in significantly higher repair costs. Since leakage points will deteriorate and widen, the sinkholes will gradually get deeper and also more expensive to repair.

In other words, the longer you ignore leaking structures and an inlet repair project the more you increase your costs in two ways – repairing the leaks and filling the sinkholes. Once you notice a sinkhole, no matter how small, immediately contact inlet repair experts to find the cause and fix it before it becomes a full inlet collapse.

Inlet Repair – More Causes and Consequences

Another cause of sinkholes or leaks in the drain structures is the settlement of the adjacent soil. When the ground begins to sink, the drain structure could shift out of position. This could lead to leaks since the shifting frequently stretches the sealing materials. Apart from leaks or leakages, shifting can also cause cracking or breakage of the joints. This also leads to inlet collapse.

The speed at which leakages turn to sinkholes depends on a couple of factors. First of all, the volume of water flowing through the drain or flowing into the drain plays a prominent role in this. The higher the volume of water passing through the drains the faster the buildup of sinkholes.

The second factor is the size of the leaks. Larger leaks lead to larger volumes of water intrusion and accelerated deterioration.

Here is  detailed article on the causes of inlet failure: Concrete Repair: Why Inlets Collapse and What To Do About It.

C&L Services offers emergency catch basin repair

How to Fix Leaks in Storm Water Structures

Although this is not the most effective effective solution, the first intervention to fill up sinkholes with an aggregate of gravel or soil. This just treats the symptom, not the root causes..

Generally the filler material does not stop the sinkholes from getting bigger. Once the filler materials have washed away, the sinkholes will reappear and the cycle of adding filler materials begins again. The permant solution to sinkholes and in order to prevent a costly inlet collapse, you must complete a thorough inlet repair.

Filling sinkholes without any inlet repair is just like refilling a leaking bucket with water. If you don’t plug the leakage, filling it up with more water will just be temporary. After a short period, depending on how big the leakage is, the water level would drop again.

Some people prefer to install additional parging on the leaks and this also works for a short period. During the cold days of winter some drains and pipes freeze and this increases the chances of parging failure. So, additional parging can only work for a short period.

The best and most effective solution to leakages of storm water drainage structures is to seal all the leaks in the joints one after another. After which you can then fill up the sinkholes. However, this method can only be effective if the stormdrain repair is done with the right sealing materials by experienced stormdrain repair experts.

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 inlet repair.

Street Sweeping –  Fines, Parking Tickets, and More

routine street sweeping is the key to an effective pavement maintenance plan

Street Sweeping – Is It Contributing to Parking Wars?

Have you ever seen the TV show “Parking Wars”? It’s a popular show on cable TV. During the show, a camera crew follows parking enforcement personnel on their daily rounds and films their interactions with people who have received parking tickets from them.

The show is very entertaining because most of the time these interactions are very volatile. Sometimes the police are called. More often than not there’s a lot of yelling and cursing.

Well, the street sweeper companies rely on something called alternate side parking to get the job done.  This is where the conflict arises. If you live in the city you’re very familiar with alternate side parking.   These are regulations that require car owners to move their cars from one side of the street to the other so the street can be cleaned.

In this article we’ll talk a bit about alternate side parking, street sweeping, and how to avoid those pesky fines and parking tickets.

Street Sweeping and Alternate Side Parking (ASP)

Almost all the larger cities in New Jersey require alternate side parking for street sweeping. Cities such as Jersey City, Bayonne, Secaucus, New Brunswick and others conduct regular street sweeping.  These cities need streets to be free from parked cars in order for the sweeper vehicles to do their jobs effectively.

Most of these cities do post signs identifying which days alternate side parking is in effect. However, as with many street signs, they’re either confusing or people don’t pay attention to them.

Even without signs most largest cities assume that if you live in a city you know all about alternate side parking. Claiming you were not aware of the alternate side parking schedule won’t get you out of a parking ticket in any larger city. it just doesn’t work.

What’s interesting however, is that many smaller municipalities also require alternate side parking for street sweeping. Smaller communities such as Rutherford, Belleville, Garfield and others now conduct regular street sweeping.

These smaller municipalities generally do not post signs and rely on their websites and neighborhood “word of mouth” in order to communicate the sweeping schedule.

Street Sweeping – Parking Fines For Not Moving Your Car

New York City is known as having one of the most frequent street sweeping schedules of any city in the nation. New York City conducts street sweeping twice a week.

Most cities do not conduct street sweeping this frequently. Smaller cities average twice a month (although it might be more depending whether the city is a transit hub, like Jersey City or Secaucus).

The smaller cities still place the responsibility ASP schedule on the resident and will ticket cars they believe are in violation of the policy.

In New York City an alternate side parking violation can cost as much as $65 depending upon the Boro.   In 2016, NYC collected $440 million in street sweeping parking violations!

Smaller municipalities charge fines from $15 to $35.   Although the smaller municipalities don’t make nearly as much in violation fines as New York City, a fine still represent a source of revenue and help offset taxes (which makes the municipality residents very happy).

Street Sweeping –  How to Avoid Parking Fines

If you live in the city, just talk to your neighbors.   They are probably already well aware of the alternate side parking rules.   Some of them have probably paid some of these fines. You can also go to the city’s website and navigate to the public works page where they’ll have the schedule posted.

In smaller municipalities, the neighbors may not be aware of the street sweeping schedule, especially if they park in their own driveways.

Most municipalities also have a website, so you’ll usually find the street sweeping schedule on that website. If you can’t find the municipalities website, take a ride over to the City Hall and stop by the clerk’s office, they’ll be able to provide the information you need.

Need more information?  Here’s a simple yet effective article with some additional tips from Forbes magazine on “How To Avoid Getting a Parking Ticket”.

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) –  Providing a Public Service

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) has been sweeping and servicing cities, municipalities and communities in New Jersey for over forty years.

Our services include parking lot sweepingmunicipal sweepingconstruction sweeping, and garage scrubbing.

We can help you keep your community 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.

Street Sweeping: What is the Purpose?

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Street sweeping is a vital operation that most take for granted or do not understand the importance of. I would like to expand on an article written by Curious City and first explain how a street sweeper works, and lastly, its purpose.

Street Sweeping: How Does the Machine Actually Operate?

It is important to understand that there are two types of street sweepers: air and broom. However, the basic principle remains the same: dirt/debris needs to be taken from the streets and put into a small pile. That pile goes into a bin until it can be properly dumped.

A broom sweeper has a hose underneath that will spray water onto the streets. The rotating brushes will scrub the dirt free. The brush will then sweep the dirt and debris onto a conveyor belt and into a bin. 

An air sweeper relies on air jets to loosen up the dirt and debris. Negative pressure under the truck acts as a vacuum and will carry the dirt to the trash bin, usually located towards the back of the truck. Water is then sprayed to keep the dirt down as the process starts anew. 

Click to view a short video about street sweeping and its operations.

So What is the Point?

Street sweeping keeps your pavement clean. Whether it is a parking lot, construction site, or a regular street, the area needs to be free of dirt and debris. A clean surface will help prevent slip-and-falls, which can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees. Secondly, people take pride in a clean area. Residents enjoy a clean neighborhood and patrons enjoy shopping at a clean shopping center. Remember, a clean area provides a positive first impression.

street sweeping is one of the many spring clean up services offered by C&L Services

Finally, street sweeping will pick up harmful substances that contaminate the environment. If these toxins are left on the streets, they will make their way into the storm drains and into our streams and waterways. In fact, street sweeping has been defined as a best management practice by the EPA in preventing storm water runoff. 

Street Sweeping: Conclusion

As stated before, street sweeping is of paramount importance. Imagine what your property and streets would look like if they were left unattended. The dust and dirt would build up and the property would become unsightly. Water would be unable to reach the storm drains because they would be clogged with dirt and debris. 

Street sweeping can be done year round. The township and property managers should set up a regular sweeping schedule to keep our parking lots and streets clean.

Sweeping –  A Guide to Street Sweeping and Street Sweeping Resources

Sweeping Projects – Managing Pavement Cleaning Projects

sweeping fleet - sweeping.comMost people don’t have the responsibility of managing a street sweeping project.   However, if you now find yourself needing street sweeping services or changing your service provider then this is the right article for you.

Fortunately, people who need street sweeping services don’t have to do extensive research in order to find the right sweeping vendor.

That’s what you’ll learn about in article.

We will share with you why sweeping is important, when you need it, and what you need to look for to select the right type of service.

We will also recommend some additional resources if you have specific needs.

So, without further introduction, let’s jump in with a discussion of  sweeping services…

Sweeping – Why Is It So Important?

If you’re responsible for keeping a community clean, it’s important to get an experienced sweeping service that can do the job within your budget.

Community residents who pay taxes are looking for the biggest bang for their buck.   

Also sweeping not only improves the visual appeal of a community but also provides health benefits to keep pollutants and pests out of the neighborhood.

If you’re in charge of a construction project there are specific environmental regulations that must be conformed to.  Keeping pollutants and construction debris out of lakes and streams is an important part of being a good neighbor and nobody likes to pay fines, so street sweeping is a required part of the construction process.

if you’re a commercial property owner that provides parking lots to your tenants and their customers, you need to keep the parking lots clean so your property is attractive and your tenant’s content.

Sweeping –  What Do You Need To Know

Although the primary purpose of the sweeper is to keep the pavement clean, there are different types of sweeping services for different purposes.

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Our typical street sweeping vehicle.

For community and parking lot sweeping,  you’ll find that the typical sweeping truck will do the job effectively (view our image to the right).

A commercial property may require additional services such as portering.  Portering includes a maintenance professional who physically inspects the property and removes debris from curb stops, bollards, dividers, planter and decorative structures. Basically. anywhere a street sweeping machine cannot reach requires the attention of a porter.

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A sweeping professional also conducting portering services.

Construction sweeping may require as sweeping vehicle that can handle larger pieces of debris such as nails, small pieces of wood in concrete,  pieces of roofing material, Etc. also because pavement Maybe in different stages of completion there are more irregular surfaces the deal with.

The operator of a sweeping vehicle on a construction site usually has more experience then the standard sweeping vehicle operator.   this operator has to have an Eagle Eye and a good ability to interact with construction site contractors and supervisors to get the job done.

Sweeping –  How to Conduct a Sweeping Project

As with most maintenance projects, planning and preparation are the keys to a successful project.

If you’ve never managed a sweeping project before, reach out to the sweeping vendor and discuss the requirements of the sweeping job.

Review your expectations, outcomes, and any obstacles that need attention prior to the sweeping project.

Ask this question, “what needs to be done in order to make this project successful?”

Allow the sweeping vendor to share their insight into how they would approach the project and the resources they have available to do the best job.

A physical inspection of the property is strongly suggested by both parties so potential issues can be resolved prior to the start of the project.

If the property needs repairs such as crack filling, pothole repairs or concrete replacement, schedule these as either smaller projects or included in an overall larger property improvement.  Keep in mind that projects that are larger in scope require more planning an lead time.

Here are some articles we’ve written that could help with the planning process:

Asphalt Maintenance – Potholes: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Pothole Repair: Challenging Situations that Only The Best Pothole Repair Companies Can Do Right

Inlet Repair – Why You Should Fix Your Storm Drain Inlet

Sweeping – When to Conduct a Sweeping Project

We’ve actually gone into more detail in another article which you can view here.

Street Sweeping- When Do I Need It And How Often Should I Do It?

Quite often the need arises for street sweeping services with some urgency. Please note that there are peak periods during the year for street sweeping services and to plan ahead whenever possible.

Street Sweeping –  What If My Requirements Are Unique?

This is where having an experienced, resourceful sweeping vendor can reduce stress.

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 sweepingmunicipal sweepingconstruction 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 an experience company that can meet your needs for sweeping.

 

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