Shopping Center Maintenance: How to Keep Your Parking Lot Clean in Just 3 Easy Steps…

Shopping Center Maintenance – 3 Steps to Clean

shopping center maintenance - sweeping.comIf you’ve ever wanted to make a great first impression with your customers or tenants, then you’re reading the right article.  That’s because you’re about to discover my easy 3-step method for keeping your parking lot clean.

And the good news is that this method works even if you have a small budget and a large parking lot. The only thing you’ll need to spend is a little time and attention. The end result is a cleaner parking lot (or overall property) with fewer and less costly maintenance issues

Read on…

Shopping Center Maintenance – Time and Attention

Step 1: Schedule a brief inspection once a week

Many property owners don’t even realize how quickly time passes and how quickly a shopping center maintenance issue can occur. A neglected maintenance issue creates both a bad impression and tenant resentment.

Property owners have every intention of keeping their properties in good shape and want to provide good shopping center maintenance.  However, the day-to-day urgency of business, people, and paperwork management pull their attention away from basic maintenance. Maintenance issues then pile up and get attention only when tenants get upset with the appearance of the property. Tenants are not shy about providing negative feedback.

So, the first thing you need to do is actually “time block” inspections every week.

You’ll can make this a habit if you apply these tips and tricks:

  • Use an electronic calendar like Google Calendar or Outlook calendar
  • Schedule the inspection for the least busy time of the week
  • Set up an automated reminder to notify you the day before (or two days if you prefer) that the inspection is coming up
  • Add an automated notification to your onsite property manager or maintenance vendor. This reminds them that you inspect regularly and may have maintenance that needs to be completed.

Step 2 – Set up an email template on your phone to capture maintenance items. Set the subject line: weekly parking lot maintenance – [inspection date]

Most people live in their email inboxes today. Email inboxes not only provide email notifications but also serve as task reminders.

When you see a shopping center maintenance item, add it to the email template. When you’ve finished your inspection, be sure to add all the maintenance items to the email.

When you’ve completed this step, then you can move on to the last step…

Step 3: Email the maintenance items to yourself and any other party who may have some maintenance responsibilities relating to your parking lot

You may not have the time to immediately provide corrective action, however, you will have noticed what needs maintenance and captured those items so you won’t forget them. These items are now on your “radar” for you to complete or delegate at the first opportunity.  You also have a dated record of maintenance issues that you can search by date any time you need it.

The last thing you need to do is get items that need correction or maintenance to the party most responsible for completion.

Shopping Center Maintenance – A Little Diligence, Big Benefits

You see most maintenance items are simple to correct and can be maintained at a lower cost when consistent attention is placed on keeping the parking lot (and any other part of the property) clean and presentable. I’d have to say that most good shopping center maintenance is not due to money, it’s due to diligent attention.

Let us help you keep your parking lot clean. We offer shopping center maintenance services, diligent follow-up and consistent attention (we’re very attentive. Give us a call at Northern NJ, 908-730-7888 or Central NJ, 732-886-1940 and we’ll help make your shopping center maintenance as easy as 1-2-3).

Property Maintenance – If You Want To Save Money, Don’t Defer Maintenance

Property Maintenance – Are There Self Cleaning Properties?

property maintenance garage - sweeping.comIf you’re like a lot of property owners, you’ve probably wondered how do expert property management firms keep their properties so well maintained?

Maybe you’ve even wondered if certain properties were self-cleaning (like the ovens?)

Sometimes it seems that certain properties never have any maintenance issues.  Year after year the property looks good…there’s never a construction crew or a pothole or a crack.  Everything always appears to be going well for that property.

Truth is, the properties that look the best actually have lower costs for maintenance.

That’s why we rolled up our sleeves and tried to find out why.

Keeping Costs Down

What we discovered is not surprising. Dozens of studies (see below for some) show that costs escalate the longer maintenance is deferred!

Property Maintenance – The Real Cost of Deferred Maintenance – FacilitiesNet.com

Property Maintenance – Neglected Maintenance Escalates College Costs – The Hechinger Report

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Deferred Maintenance = Systemic Consequences

Surprised? Probably not.  It’s likely that you have deferred maintenance on an important item in your own home (a/c, heat, that little leak in the bath) only to find that postponing routine maintenance has ended in real inconvenience and very high costs.

We’ve also learned that when maintenance is deferred, the consequences are systemic.  In other words, other seemingly unrelated maintenance items become more stressed and repairs or replacements become more complex (and more expensive).

Certainly, property owners are being asked to do more with less.  Ironically, property owners who do a little more property maintenance on a consistent basis end up spending less in both time and money over time.

The most effective practice we’ve seen from property owners that enjoy fewer maintenance issues is the regular application of inspection, evaluation and reporting.

Here’s a link to our recommended inspection list – Property Maintenance Checklist

Property Maintenance – Get Professional Advice

If you’re thinking about deferring maintenance, give us a call.  We’re more than a sweeping company. We are a full service property maintenance company with expertise in:

Pavement maintenance & repair

Property Maintenance & repair

Property Maintenance consulting & advisory

And yes, sweeping is our core service (three generations of sweeping service to the NJ region), however many of our clients have asked us to expand our business into all different areas of maintenance.

Save yourself some money, stop deferring maintenance.  Or better, give us a call at 732-886-1940 or 908-730-7888. We’ll help you determine how to budget and save money on your property maintenance.

Sealcoating – Winter Protection and More

Sealcoating – Extending the Life of Your Pavement

sealcoating-sweeping.comAsphalt has long been the material of choice for many paving projects, especially parking lots.

Asphalt is relatively inexpensive when compared to other paving materials, long-lasting, requires minimal maintenance when properly laid, and generally takes less curing time before being usable.

One important step in asphalt maintenance is a good sealcoat. Sealcoating is a process by which a specially formulated sealant is applied to protect the asphalt from deterioration caused by heavy usage, water or chemical penetration, and environmental factors such as harsh weather.

A good sealcoating actually extends the life of your asphalt and keeps its appearance aesthetically appealing.

Sealcoating – The Basic Types

There are three basic types of sealcoating, each of which has its own particular pros and cons depending on your specific needs.

An asphalt-based sealant lasts between 1 – 3 years before needing a fresh application, the tar-based sealant has a lifespan of between 3 – 5 years and a petroleum-based sealant falls somewhere between.

Not all sealants are available everywhere due to environmental issues and questions in certain areas, so an asphalt expert should be consulted before deciding which sealant is right and available for your parking lot.

Sealcoating and Temperature

Regardless of which sealant type you use, keep in mind that temperature affects the outcome of the application.

Warm sunny days with low humidity are the best times to apply the sealer. As a rule of thumb, late Spring into early Autumn is generally ideal months for sealcoating.

Cool, humid weather will not allow the sealant to bind properly with the asphalt nor cure into a strong surface, and attempting to coat in cold weather is a total waste of time and money.

Winter is the least ideal season to seal coat, however warmer winters extend the opportunities for sealcoating projects.  Avoid conduction a sealing job when there is a chance of rain, no matter how warm the day may be.

Sealcoating – Not a Substitute for Crack Filling

Asphalt sealers are designed to protect the surface of the asphalt, not used as a crack filler.

Any potholes, cracks, or other defects should be repaired before sealer is applied. Striping is often an integral part of defining parking spaces and adding to the overall appearance of the parking lot.

Any striping should always be done after the sealant has been applied and cured.

Sealcoating – Improving Property Aesthetics

Your parking lot, whether giving access to a commercial enterprise or an apartment complex, takes up much of your property and is the first thing potential customers or residents see.

Keeping that parking lot clean and well-maintained gives a good first impression and shows pride of ownership. A routine sealing schedule should always be included as part of your asphalt maintenance program.

Not only will that keep your parking lot in tip-top condition, it will save money over the long term.

Thinking about refreshing your parking lot or pavement?  Need to “spruce up” the look of your exterior pavement?  If you’re located in central New Jersey, give us a call at 732-886-1490.  Further North…call us at 908-730-7888.  We’ll be glad to answer your questions about sealcoating.

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

Asphalt Maintenance – Lessons Learned the Hard Way

If there is one lesson that I have learned well as an asphalt maintenance professional, it is this: in order to maintain your parking lots, driveways and roadway, it is necessary to stay on top of asphalt repairs…even though it is time-consuming and requires diligence. Here are some of the guidelines that help me and my clients.

Asphalt Maintenance – The Good

Asphalt Maintenance requires regular pothole repair.  Where there is asphalt and cold weather, potholes follow.  Although I don’t particularly like the mess and expense, after maintaining asphalt for many years (three generations) I’ve found that there are good potholes.  Yes, some potholes are good.

The picture to the right shows a good pothole.

This pothole is small, evenly shaped and not too deep. asphalt repair - good pothole - sweeping.com

These types of potholes are easy to fix and maintain their repair for a reasonable amount of time.

In a pinch, I can use cold patch materials to fix, but I often have the opportunity to use hot patch materials which makes the pothole more level with the surrounding asphalt.

The repair also looks better and lasts longer which is safer and more economical in the long run.

One other thing, I can get the repair done quickly, which is appreciated by property owners and tenants alike.

Asphalt Maintenance – The Bad

A bad pothole presents a variety of problems.  The location of the pothole could be bad (in the middle of a busy highway with cars whizzing by at 80 mph).

The pothole could be big…this means more time, money and effort.  The pothole could be masking a more serious substrate issue.  It could be a combination of all of these, which is really bad but not quite ugly yet.

This photo shows a bad pothole. asphalt maintenance - bad pothole - sweeping.com

Big bad pothole, with other serious asphalt maintenance issues attached.  As with many potholes, however, and other types of asphalt maintenance problems, it’s fixable.

Always keep safety in mind first, then try and minimize the inconvenience to property owners and users when fixing a pothole of this size.

If you have a pothole of this nature, read our article, “Pothole Repair: Challenging Situations that Only The Best Pothole Repair Companies Can Do Right”

Asphalt Maintenance – The Ugly

Quite often we are called in to quote on an asphalt repair project that has been represented as “a few potholes”.  When we get to the property, we see issues like the picture below:

asphalt maintenance ugly pothole - sweeping.com

This is an ugly asphalt situation that is caused by serious neglect. It appears several attempts were made to repair the asphalt.  The repairs were too little, too late and poorly done.

This asphalt disaster is not a pothole repair issue.  This is (and has been) a repaving project that has been postponed for whatever reason (usually cost considerations).  Now it’s a very costly, complicated and somewhat dangerous asphalt repair project.

Pothole Repair – Keep it simple

Don’t let your asphalt maintenance issues turn bad or even ugly.  When a pothole appears, get a good, experienced asphalt maintenance professional to take care of it.  It’s safer, more convenient and less costly than postponing it.

Only maintain good potholes, not bad potholes.  Call us at 732-886-1940 to keep your potholes good.  We deal with the bad and ugly too if you need us, we’re the experts in asphalt maintenance.

Property Maintenance – Preparing Your Shopping Center for Winter Weather

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Property Maintenance – Protecting Real Estate and People

property maintenance winter preparation - sweeping.comBefore winter comes, property maintenance professionals need to plan for protecting people and shopping center assets.

As important as having a plan is, making sure that everyone understands their role, and ensuring that there is a solid plan in place, is vital.

Property Maintenance – Preparations Before Winter

Identify team member roles. Who will be responsible for each of these areas?

1. Weather watcher – Identify one person who will monitor the weather to provide sufficient notice that inclement weather is approaching. Or, have everyone install a weather application on their phone.

2. Snow removal – Consider a snow removal contractor only after you reach an understanding of where your lot is on their priority list. If they have to prioritize snow removal for places like hospitals and schools, you may be waiting quite a while before your lots are cleared.

3. Asphalt/Pothole repair – Similar considerations need to be made when potholes appear after inclement weather.

4. Property safety Measures – Identify the property maintenance services team member responsible for safety. Who is responsible for making sure signage and cones are put out and that the sidewalks and floors are safe to walk on.

5. Emergency supplies –Maintain a checklist of emergency items that are kept in stock, year round. This includes food, water, flashlights, and batteries.

6. Snow melting materials – If you do not have a sufficient amount of snow melting material on-hand, order it before winter. Also, consider how long it will take to replenish that supply and assign someone to track usage. You do not want to run out when you need it most.

Property Maintenance – A Plan of Action When Winter Weather Hits

Most plans that fail do so because of poor planning and communication. A plan should be in place before winter. When the storm hits, is the time for effective communication to happen. Many organizations provide key personnel with phone lists in both electronic and laminated card form.

Everyone with a role in property maintenance services needs to be part of the notification list. The list is usually activated in a pyramid fashion. Managers notify their direct subordinates, who then notify their subordinates, and so on. If the team is small enough, only a couple of phone calls are necessary to communicate to everyone.

Effective communication may include taking the initiative to keep tenants informed on the progress of the storm and the aftermath. The weather event may be used as an opportunity to demonstrate good customer service.

Ned some additional research for your planning?  Have a look at our recent article, “Property Maintenance – This Is The Checklist You Ought To Use”

Property Maintenance Incident Escalation

Hopefully, the weather event will pass. Personnel will perform as expected, and all will be well. What happens if the weather caused significant damage, such as flooding, burst pipes, excessive ice coating or a roof collapse?

Again, pre-planning will reduce the impact of these types of events. Making sure that your key property maintenance employees and contractors have access to one another to communicate the need for immediate repairs is a must.

Property maintenance managers and owners cannot control the weather, but they do have a great deal of influence on how to react to it. Identifying who the right people for each role are, and communicating that to the team is a great start.

Coordinating expectations with outside contractors is also important. Keeping a cool head while keeping everyone focused on weathering the storm and its aftermath is the most important task of all.

It’s Never Too Late To Plan

If you haven’t already done so, go ahead and sketch out a winter weather property maintenance plan.  Or even better, give us a call at 732-881-1940.

We’ll be glad to share our expertise and help you get through the winter with professional property maintenance.

Crack Filling – Before The Winter

crack filling-sweeping.comCrack Filling – Why Should You Deal With Asphalt Maintenance Before Cold Weather?

Crack filling before winter is an important step for any commercial property owners.

Crack filling needs to be done at the proper time of the year–prior to the winter chill setting in–simply because it is much easier to do the job at this time. Waiting too long can make it nearly impossible to fill in these gaps effectively, which can lead to other complications during winter or possibly worsen the cracks themselves.

In addition, many companies find themselves less busy during the fall, allowing them to devote a bit more time to maintenance issues. The safety of customers and clients is an important consideration for all business owners, especially in the winter when cold and snow can cause difficulties in access to properties and storage of materials.

Finally, if you choose not to perform crack filling or other asphalt repairs in the autumn, cracks that may be relatively minor will almost certainly expand during the winter, making any subsequent repairs that much harder and more expensive.

Crack Filling – Is it Really a Big Concern if There Are Cracks in My Commercial Lot?

The cracks may seem small but the safety concerns are not so small. This is especially true in winter as we mentioned above.

With the addition of snow and especially ice, cracks in parking lots can create additional problems. Ice can be hard to see on a parking lot or commercial access roads. That means that there is an increased likelihood of  property users slipping or, if they are maneuvering their vehicles, possibly sliding into property of vehicles.

If individual customers are walking in the parking lot, there is an increased risk of getting caught or injured in dangerous cracks in your asphalt. Vehicles, too, could become stuck if the crack causes the asphalt surface to fail, another reason not to put asphalt repair off until winter.

On top of everything else, business owners end up with unhappy customers who want to avoid their businesses because of poorly maintained lots. Hiring a professional property maintenance company for crack filling and do it right the first time is essential to success.

Crack Filling – Why Should I Call in the Professionals?

When a job is done right the first time, you save both time and money–and you own a parking lot free of asphalt cracks thanks to the professionals with the right materials and experience.

An experienced team of property maintenance professionals will assess the situation and take the proper course of action every time. They will notice issues that many property owners might miss and can plan for the most expedient and cost-effective solutions.

A professional team may be able to offer other benefits such as seal coating or concrete repairs to prevent further damage to the asphalt in your lots, access roads or other commercial properties. The process of seal coating even helps to restore old asphalt to a more attractive appearance and extend the life of the parking lot surface.

Crack Filling – Other Benefits of a Professional Repair Job

Aside from helping your commercial properties look more attractive and improve safety, professional inspection and repair of any cracks or other issues helps to reduce liabilities and lessen the chances of accidents or injuries:

Preventative crack filling:

  • Maintains the value of your property
  • Preserves the aesthetics of your lots
  • Lessens the likelihood of more extensive, costly repairs in the future

Cold weather becomes a constant once December gets here. We encourage you to be proactive and have your property inspected now for crack filling in preparation for the winter months.

Looking to get a fast, cost effective quote? Call us at 732-886-1940.  We specialize in property maintenance and can provide high caliber, cost effective crack filling.

 

Pothole Repair – Before the Winter

pothole repair - sweeping.comPothole Repair – A Natural Consequence of Asphalt Parking Lots

Every year the cold winter weather in the Northeastern U.S. brings with it a sudden increase in pothole repair for asphalt parking lots.

Water that seeps into the road during the fall rains freezes and expands, cracking the asphalt and causing increasing and widening potholes as temperatures gets colder. This is why it’s extremely important to conduct pothole repair before the cold weather hits, particularly if your business relies on parking lots, driveways or key access roads.

Fall is the best season for repairing potholes in asphalt, as during the fall months, temperatures are more temperate and there is no snow to deal with.

Pothole Repair – Why Waiting Can Be Costly

If asphalt patching is postponed until the winter, existing potholes will get worse before repairs are done, and new potholes may also appear. In the Northeast, freezing temperatures are fairly constant from December through March. Since snow sometimes starts in early December, the sooner the pothole repairs are done, the more likely the cost will be lower and the lot will be safer.

Getting pothole repair sooner rather than later also helps your commercial or industrial business to avoid a additional costs. Repair costs for your parking lots or access roads will be higher if repairs need to be done in colder weather.

Cold weather causes further damage on the asphalt, and potholes can also create a safety hazard for both drivers and pedestrians. If someone trips and falls or damages their car, litigation is possible if anyone is hurt, which is both costly and time consuming.

Pothole Repair – Do It Before Cold Weather

Pothole repair goes much more smoothly before the weather gets too cold. Repairing asphalt becomes difficult or at times even impossible when the winter weather hits, particularly when snow and ice become common, so hiring a company for asphalt patching services in the fall is preferable.

The autumn is also a good time to contact a repair company because they usually aren’t too busy; this is because, although fall is definitely the best season for pothole repairs, many business owners still wait until the winter.

If the parking lot requires seal coating, it will be necessary to fill potholes and seal any cracks in the asphalt before the coating is applied, as cracks and holes in asphalt can cause issues and make the coating uneven.

These same crevices also make asphalt roads and parking lots very difficult to clean during the winter, as they tend to become filled with snow and ice. It can be hard to clean snow and ice out of rough and uneven surfaces on asphalt parking lots.

Pothole Repair – Safety and Cost Issues

Also, for the safety of tenants and customers, it’s crucial to get  asphalt driveways and parking lots inspected and repaired before winter arrives.

Not only will having the asphalt professionally patched and repaired keep everyone safe and help your business avoid possible lawsuits, but it will also save you money.

If you wait until the winter to hire a company for repairs, it may be difficult or impossible to fix potholes, and the increased damage to your asphalt will make any repairs that get done more expensive.

Have pothole problems?  Give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ve had a lot of experience solving pothole problems and can help you with you tackle your pothole repair.

 

Line Striping – Last Chance For Linestriping Before Winter

Line Striping Before Winter

line striping winter - sweeping.comNothing lasts forever, and parking lines are no exception. Parking lot line striping is an important form of communication in the world of transportation.

Parking lot line stripes support an organized and orderly parking experience. It is also important to note that line striping cannot be done in the winter, so it is prudent to evaluate your parking lot needs ahead of time.

Time, exposure to harsh weather, chemicals, quality line stripe paint, and overall use of the parking lot, will cause the lines will fade. Parking lot stripes are designed to improve not only the parking organization, but the aesthetic appeal of the lot. So when the lines fade, the first impression could be negative.

Line Striping – Multiple Benefits

More importantly, when the parking lot stripes fade, it makes both navigation and parking difficult.  This not only creates an unsafe environment, drivers also become quite frustrated.

Driving around a parking lot with faded line striping can be an accident waiting to happen. Clearly marked lines direct the flow of traffic, provide easy to see parking spaces, and are pleasing to the eye.

Another important factor of parking lot line striping is the compliance with ADA regulations in regards to the handicapped. A handicapped driver may not be able to make use of the designated spots if it is not clearly marked. One of the unrealized benefits of ADA regulations related to line striping is that the clearly marked parking lot, with vibrant visible colors, creates a reliable access for emergency vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances.

Line striping a parking lot is more complicated than most people think. However, if your lines need freshening up, or you are marking your parking lot for the first time, there are some practical tips to keep in mind.

1.Line Striping Planning

Start with the layout plan of the area.  What type of stripes needed, and what is the condition surface area for the line striping paint. There are some standard guidelines pertaining to width and length of stripe.

See our article on basic guidelines: Line Striping: Guidelines for Line Striping the Right Way.  Also check to see if your local authorities have specific requirements.

However, keeping the carpentry adage in mind, “measure twice, cut once” is a satisfactory reminder of the importance of planning ahead. Planning ahead also includes making sure the paint gets refreshed before winter.

2. Line Striping Paint – Which Paint to Use?

The type of paint used determines the quality of the lines. Also, there are generally two types of paint that are used.

Oil-based Alkyd Paint . This is used for restripes and new layouts.
Latex Paint is used for resurfaced lots.

3. Line Striping Measurements

There are three general types of parking stalls: straight in parking at 90 degrees, angled parking at 45 or 60 degrees, and parallel parking stalls.

The size of the stalls are created according to their intended use. Though standard stalls, depending on your city’s zoning regulations, are 9 by 18 feet, there is variation due to compact stalls.

Again, check with your municipalities zoning regulations before you finalize to any measurements.

4. Line Striping Regulations – Planning for the ADA Elements

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements came into effect in June, 1992. The law requires a specified amount of handicap spaces, as well as the mandatory minimum parking stall size.

Having vibrant and fresh parking lot striping is important for meeting ADA regulations, safety and aesthetics. Parking lots need to be repainted, on average and according to use, every 24 to 48 months. It is important to plan ahead for maintaining your parking lot linstriping. Always plan in advance so that your parking lot can be at its best for the winter months, when repainting is not an available service.

Do you have a parking lot that needs a stripe refresh?  Or perhaps a new parking lot needing a striping plan?  Give us a call, 732-886-1940.  We are line striping experts and we will get you parking lot properly striped and looking great.

Inlet Repair – Why You Should Fix Your Storm Drain Inlet

Inlet Repair – Functions of storm water inlets

inlet repair - sweeping.comStorm water drains have different names. Whether they are called curb inlets, drop inlets or drain inlets, they are all the same thing.

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.

Inlet repair – 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

Inlet 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.

C & L Services Expands in Northern NJ with Acquisition of Apgar Power Sweeping

New Jersey’s leading street sweeping and property maintenance company opens office in Hampton, NJ

Jackson, NJ – July 20, 2017

C & L Services, one of New Jersey’s leading full-service property maintenance and street sweeping companies, has announced expansion into the Northern New Jersey metropolitan market with the acquisition of Apgar Power Sweeping.

C & L Services completes the acquisition in May 2017 and began local operations in June 2017.  C & L will be able to quickly respond to clients in an extensive North Jersey territory including Sussex, Passaic, Bergen, Essex, Morris, Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union and Middlesex Counties.

C & L has provided customized property maintenance and street cleaning solutions to a wide range of clients for more than 45 years.  C & L provides municipal street cleaning, residential street cleaning and construction street cleaning to a variety of private and governmental clients throughout New Jersey.

Gabe Vitale, Jr., VP of Operations for C & L Services in Jackson stated, “We have been serving all regions of NJ since my Father and Grandfather established the business, however, we want to be able to respond more quickly to our clients in the North Jersey region.  Prior to our acquisition of Apgar, we were sending our crews and materials from central NJ, sometimes taking as much as two hours to respond.  With our new location in Hampton, NJ we can now respond within a half hour or less to client requests.”

Apgar Power Sweeping will continue to operate with their current clients and provide additional services with the support of the C & L team.

Vitale states, “Apgar enjoys a reputation as a responsive, professional street sweeping company.  We found Apgar’s values and commitment to customer satisfaction align with our own, so this acquisition is a perfect fit for our expansion into Northern NJ.”

About C & L

C & L Services is a family owned and operated business that was established 1971.

C&L Services is celebrating over 45 years of great customer relationships. C&L has become the industry leader in outstanding award-winning service and customer satisfaction for property maintenance, street sweeping and pavement maintenance services

For more information, visit sweeping.com

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