Indoor Parking Areas Offer Unique Challenges Met with Parking Garage Scrubbers

Interior parking decks, parking garages, and indoor garage surfaces generate a lot of dirt and grime from daily traffic and parked cars. The oil, dirt, and grit builds up over time and needs to be regularly cleaned and maintained to insure the safety and cleanliness (and aesthetics!) of the space. The professional trained staff at C&L Services and our garage scrubbers are prepared to meet the challenge of keeping your indoor parking areas free of dirt and debris!

Professional garage scrubbers can quickly and effectively remove dirt, oil, and grime from indoor parking decks and garages. Scrubbing all parking tiers, including the ramps, will help maintain the appearance of the space and lessen the chances of a slipping accident.

Sand and dirt are abrasive materials and can shorten the life of the pavement, including wearing the line striping. Professional parking deck cleaning is much more cost effective than replacing or repairing the pavement surface throughout the parking deck or garage.

The specialized equipment and operators at C&L Services will scrub away the oil and grease. C&L garage cleaning services start with an application of heavy-duty degreaser and follow with commercial grade scrubbing using our high-end automatic garage scrubbers. With side brooms and rear squeegees, our scrubbers are specially designed to loosen debris and dirt and clean (scrub) the surface. We will scrub both single and multi-tiered parking decks. No job is too big or too small!

With a careful eye on first impressions, regular interval parking deck scrubbing should be part of any maintenance program for all commercial parking decks. Contact the experts at C&L Services today for a thorough site inspection and quote for regular maintenance on your parking deck. You can reach us at (732) 886-1940, or by filling out a form on our website at https://sweeping.com. For more information on parking deck scrubbing or our other property maintenance services, click here.

When Street Sweeping Any Location, Think Specialized Equipment and Skilled Operators!

With help from advanced technologies and superior training, street sweepers and their operators have reached a new level of sophistication and efficiency. C&L Services has been hard at work, upgrading our fleet and training our drivers to ensure we have the best street sweeping equipment and most skilled operators around.  They are ready to tackle all types of concrete and street pavement! With our state of the art fleet, C&L Services offers street sweeping on-demand with emergency and flexible contract sweeping that is also safe for the environment.

Locations Where Street Sweepers Are Most Needed

 Roadways, highways, interstates, bridges, offramps, state highways, county roads and rural municipal streets all need to be cleaned with effective street sweeping equipment. There are also a host of commercial areas that require intervals of street sweeping like office parks, shopping centers, retail strip malls, medical complexes, hospitals, shopping malls, industrial parks, airports, airport runways, and construction sites. Even special events like concerts, fairs and parks might require street cleaning or street sweeping services.

C&L Services is a trusted name in Street Sweeping and is a member of NAPSA, 1-800-SWEEPER, IREM, CIA, SBACNJ, NJBA and NAHB.

Street Sweepers Are More Efficient Than Ever

They are durable and purpose-built for low operating cost and increased safety. The cabs are designed for maximum visibility and outfitted with controls for operator ease and comfort. The most popular type are broom sweepers with a hose underneath that will spray water onto the street to loosen debris and dirt that is accumulated into the sweeper bin until it can be properly dumped. All locations that have hard surfaces need to be swept and cleaned on regular intervals.

New Technologies for C&L Street Sweepers

  • 360 degree cameras provide the operator with clear vision of everything around him during the street sweeping operation
  • GPS technology that monitors speed and location of sweepers
  • Virtual bread crumb trail allowing our supervisors and customers to follow where the street sweeper is and has been, and the speed at which he has swept
  • Closely monitored arrival and departure times

All of these technologies allow us to provide feedback to our customers on street sweeping services on their property, as well as assist our managers with monitoring driving habits and efficiencies.

The Street Sweeping Equipment Operators

C&L Services employs highly skilled and trained operators who have safety as a top priority. Our OSHA safety certified workforce operates the most advanced and well-maintained street sweeping fleet. Radio dispatch for emergency and on demand service make our flexibility second to none. Our driver operators are always professional, knowledgeable and courteous.

The C&L Training Process

Our street Sweeping operators are going through a certification process that has been developed by the experts in the street sweeping industry.  Boasting hundreds of combined years of experience in the street sweeping industry, these experts have developed best practices that have been distilled down to online training modules.  These training modules cover everything from hiring practices, good sleep habits, proper nutrition, sweeper equipment nomenclature, site assessments, what to do and not do after an accident, proper pre and post truck inspections; to name just a few.  Each sweeper operator is required to go through the over 20 educational modules covering these topics and pass a multiple choice test at the end of each module with a perfect score to be able to move onto the next module.  At the end of the modules, the operator will need to pass a cumulative test on all the modules with a perfect score.  They then will be subjected to an oral interview with a trained supervisor to ensure the concepts have been learned.  Once this is completed and it has been established that the operator has at least 1,000 hours of accident free sweeping, they will then be granted a certificate from the North American Power Sweeping Association certifying them as a Certified Sweeping Operator.


Since 1971, C&L Services has been sweeping and cleaning the streets of New Jersey’s and has a fleet of new sophisticated street sweepers ready to tackle parking lots, highways, roads and your friendly neighborhood streets. 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.

Parking Lot Line Striping: Why is it Important?

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Are your parking garage or parking lot stripes and markings faded, dull or even worn off completely? If so, it’s time for a new coat of paint for your parking lot! Give your property the facelift it needs and eliminate potential liability with C&L’s line striping and handicap marking services.

Line Striping your parking lot or parking garage has a number of benefits, including:

  • Safety – The safety of the patrons and customers visiting your place of business should be paramount; faded crosswalks, parking spaces, and other safety markings in your parking lot can cause confusion for drivers and can even lead to accidents. Once these parking lot pavement markings have been given a fresh coat of paint, cars will move more efficiently through your lot and pedestrians will be at ease.
  • Curb Appeal – Nothing looks better than a fresh coat of paint! The same applies to your parking lot. Over time the lines and markings on the asphalt will fade due to constant exposure to the elements. Many parking lots are re-striped after their regularly scheduled seal coating. Leave a lasting first impression on your customers and patrons with a well-maintained parking lot.
  • Handicap Spaces and ADA Compliance – Indicating clear and proper access for the handicapped, as well as the most direct route to your building’s entrance, is a very important aspect of line striping. Also, ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliance thru pavement markings and signage ensures you avoiding fines and penalties and allows easy access to all potential customers, tenants, employees, and guests to your property.
  • Maximize Parking Spots – Parking line stalls that are clearly marked ensure that the most amount of customers and patrons can park in your lot at any given time. This ensures your visitors will all be able to find spaces during peak business hours.

C&L Services uses the most durable and longest lasting paints available. We can insure the services are performed at the most convenient time to minimize inconvenience to your customers.

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C&L Services is a family owned 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 in 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.

Power Washing – Do’s & Don’ts and Why You Should Hire a Professional

Spring has arrived, and with it comes lots of rain and humidity. With this change in weather, your building and property are getting covered in fine layers of dirt, dust, and pollutants carried by runoff. Over time, these areas will get dirtier and dirtier, and will require power washing to make them shine like new.

C&L Services has over 40 years’ experience power washing and the crews, equipment, and manpower to tackle any job in New Jersey.

Before you start a power washing project, it is important to do a thorough inspection of your property and determine the areas that need the most attention. At C&L Services, we recommend checking the following areas:

  • Roofing
  • Siding
  •  Soffit
  • Eaves
  • Gutter
  • Exterior walls
  • Windows
  • Gables and overhangs
  • Decorative sheathing
  • Foundation
  • Rails
  • Decks
  • Sidewalks
  • Concrete

Although many power washing projects can be completed on your own, either with your own equipment or a power washer rented from a local hardware store, a thorough cleanup may require a professional’s touch. Also, it is important to keep safety in mind; not only your personal safety, but also the safety of others as well as the safety and well-being of your property itself. The trained professionals at C&L Services are more than happy to take all of these issues into consideration for you.

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Here is a full list of the do’s and don’ts of power washing:

DO read your power washer’s operation manual before beginning your project to ensure safe operation.

DO make sure all safety shields and guards are in good working order.

DO check the power washer’s oil levels before each use.

DO wear proper eye, face, and hand protection when operating any equipment.

DO attach nozzles and/or accessories before operation.

DO keep hands and feet clear of the nozzle at all times.

DO consider adding a detergent or other cleaning agent to increase cleaning power.

DO direct the water at a downward angle when cleaning and type of wooden surface. Spraying the surface head-on can cause serious damage or splintering.

DO keep the wand and water jet at least six feet away from any type of electrical wiring, service boxes and entrances. An electrical shock from such devices can be deadly.

DON’T fill the fuel tank while the power washer is running or still hot from operation.

DON’T leave the nozzle closed for more than a minute while the washer is running. Doing so may cause the pump to overheat.

DON’T try to repair a leak in the hose or hose connection while the washer is under power.

DON’T power wash sensitive areas without testing beforehand. Increasing your spraying distance can allow for safe washing.

DON’T place any part of your body in front of the nozzle or point the nozzle at anyone.

DON’T hold the nozzle too close to any surface or for too long in one area – the jet can gouge wood, dent aluminum, tear away stucco, and erode mortar from joints in brick walls. Also, never point the wand directly at windows.

DON’T power wash from a ladder – you need both hands for safe operation. Also, the kickback of the wand can knock you off balance when first turned on. To reach higher places, use an extension wand instead.

The Power Washing Professionals at C&L Services

C&L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been providing property maintenance services to real estate developers, commercial property owners, and communities in New Jersey for over 40 years.

Our services include power washing, fencing repair, and parking garage scrubbing.

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

If you’re in North Jersey, contact us at (908) 730-7884. If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at (732) 886-1940 to arrange for commercial power washing. Feel free to visit our website https://sweeping.com at any time for more information on our many services.

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Rewarding Career Opportunities with C&L Services – Join Our Team

C&L Sweeper Services & C & L General Services are looking for quality people
to join our ever growing team!

About C&L Sweeper
Services

C & L Sweeper Service is a family owned company
established in 1971. C & L Sweeper Service is now a total pavement
maintenance company with street sweeping as only one of many services provided
to our customer base throughout the State of New Jersey.

POSITIONS WANTED!

  • CDL drivers to operate our Freightliner Chassis
    Broom Bear Street Sweepers
  • Non CDL drivers to operate our Isuzu NPR Parking
    lot air sweepers at night
  • Light and Heavy equipment mechanics
  • Non CDL drivers to porter grass and perimeter
    areas of shopping center

C & L Sweeper Service and C & L General Service, our
sister company, are always looking for quality people who would like to have a
career with C&L Services.

Great Positions
available – We Offer!

  • Great Starting Salary
  • 401K Plans
  • Health Insurance – with Dental and Vision
  • Paid Holiday and Sick Time

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CAREER TESTIMONIAL

“Speaking from experience, I literally starting from the bottom and worked my way up at C&L. I can truly say that C&L Sweeping Services is a fantastic company to work for. Charged with the responsibility of overseeing the air and porter operations, it feels special to me knowing that this is where I began my journey. I gained tremendous satisfaction from servicing customers and I am proud to be able to provide others with that same opportunity. C&L provided me and my family with benefits from a 401K plan. C&L also provides me with health insurance which includes dental and vision. What I believe most is that employees want an opportunity of professional development and career. That allows new employees an opportunity to better provide for themselves and their families and that is what I believe is most important. That is why I love C&L and why I choose to pursue a career here.”

Vinnie Granby – Operations Supervisor

MORE ABOUT C&L
SERVICES – CAREERS!

C&L Services provides street sweeping, street cleaning, property maintenance and pavement maintenance throughout Central and Northern New Jersey.

C&L Services has a fleet of street sweepers, property maintenance and pavement maintenance equipment and is ready to tackle the toughest projects. We are a family owned and operated business and as a result, customer service is our primary focus.


C&L Sweeper Service Corp is an equal opportunity employer
and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis
of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national
origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.

Builders Construction Sweeping – Scheduling A Sweep Before Snow is the Best Thing You Can Do

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Builders Construction Sweeping – Why Are You Procrastinating?

builders construction sweeping timing - sweeping.comHow often have you been angry with yourself for waiting to the last minute?

Wait for the last minute for tickets – they’re sold out!

Wait to the last minute to buy clothes for an important affair – your size not available!

Wait for the last minute to take care of something at Motor Vehicles – stand on a long line for a long time!

You’ve learn over many years and through painful experience that waiting until the last minute has unwanted consequences.

So if you’re a builder, this is why waiting for the last minute to schedule street sweeping also has unwanted consequences.

Builders Construction Sweeping – Reasons why you should schedule construction sweeping now

Probably the first and most compelling reason for scheduling a sweeping project before the snow is for safety.   

Even if you have a one or two inch dusting of snow this can hide debris that can cause safety issues.

Some of the things that can be hidden because of snow are chunks of concrete, pieces of asphalt,  wood cuttings, gravel, and unfortunately, beer cans.

When people drive over this debris with their trucks it ends up in the tires.   If someone is walking on the snow (a contractor or a client) and they step on any of this debris, they trip and fall.  

We live in very litigious society, so it’s a bad practice to allow potential lawsuits that can be prevented with construction sweeping.

Builders Construction Sweeping – Improve the appearance of your property

The next reason is that construction sweeping will improve the appearance of the property, whether its a newly started site or if it has been under construction.

Although most people prefer to view properties during warm weather, there are still many buyers out there who need to (and will)  inspect property during the cold weather.

Scheduling a construction sweeping before snow arrives helps improve the appearance of the property even after snow has dropped.  A construction site looks more tidy with clean snow as it melts rather than dirty snow that turns into a mushy, debris-laden mess.

Builders Construction Sweeping – Timing is ideal

And finally the availability of construction sweeping services is best right before ice cold weather and snow set in.   

Scheduling a construction sweeping is easier, faster, and more convenient before the bad weather hits.  After a snow, many sweeping services are busy with snow removal and other winter property maintenance projects.

Get that sweeping “to do” off of your list and pick up the phone today!  Get your sweeping project done before the winter.  

Builders Construction Sweeping – Call the Experts

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been sweeping and servicing real estate developers, builders, 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 site clean, dust free and in compliance with reliable, cost-effective construction sweeping 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 arrange for construction sweeping.

 

Street Sweeping for Builders – Why Prime Services are as Important As First-rate Materials

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Street sweeping for Builders – An Established Service for Over 100 Years

Street Sweeping for Builders - sweeping.comBuilders are known to be some of the most innovative  businesses in the US.

Although many of the processes and products that they use have been around for a long time, builders are always looking for new ways to do things better, provide better products with durable materials, and ultimately to satisfy their customers.

Builders spend quite a bit of time researching, testing, and evaluating building materials.   

They also seek out new processes, methodologies, and techniques to make the homes and buildings that they construct more efficient.

Street sweeping for Builders – Clarifying Expectations

One area that I have always felt didn’t receive the focus that it deserves from builders is evaluating the quality of the services that they received from their subcontractors.

Certainly builders are discerning when it comes to expectations regarding the quality of the service they received, however many of their service providers (this includes electricians, carpenters, plumbers, and other service professionals) are vetted through word-of-mouth rather than actual monitoring measuring.

Now the focus of this article is street sweeping, However street sweeping is as important a service as any of the other subcontracted professionals.

Street sweeping for Builders – The Quality Process

As a service provider who is committed to the quality process (PDCA – Plan, Do, Check, Act), in order to provide service that exceeds expectations we recommend the following measures for evaluating service professionals:

Responsiveness – Does the vendor respond back to  inquiries or issues in a timely manner?

Flexibility –  can the vendor respond to unexpected situations?   does the vendor have enough flexibility to adjust their processes and procedures to meet the needs of the client organization?

Attention to detail –  does the vendor provide their service with the level of detail that one would reasonably expect of a professional service?    does the vendor avoid rookie mistakes? is error free Service delivery the norm or the exception?

Ease of doing business –  does the vendor have sufficient staff to communicate just in time?    Or does communication require multiple redundant channels? does the vendor and their staff provide a basic degree of friendliness when interacting with staff of the organization.

Courteousness of staff –  is the staff courteous two members of the organization,  the organization’s clients and the General Public? have there been  Behavioral incidents which require apologies or a men’s on the part of the service provider?

Follow-through –  does the service provider  meet their commitments? does a service provider renegotiate commitments that need to be adjusted?  

Suppliers, vendors, and service providers are critical to most organizations, unfortunately many organizations do a very poor job of measuring supplier performance.

Often price is the only factor in deciding on a vendor when other measures are equally or perhaps more important.

Although street sweeping may not be high on the list of critical services, service consumers are still entitled to excellent quality and professional service.

Street Sweeping for Builders – Call the Experts

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been sweeping and servicing real estate developers, 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 site clean, dust free and in compliance with reliable, cost-effective construction sweeping services.

If you’re a builder in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re building in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for street sweeping.

 

Street Sweeping –  Fines, Parking Tickets, and More

Street Sweeping –  Is It Contributing to Parking Wars?

street sweeping ASP - sweeping.comHave 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 the 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.

It’s just as likely to get a ticket in a smaller town as you would a larger city

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 and 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”.

C & L Services –  providing a public service

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have 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.

Shopping Center Maintenance – Sweeping, Portering and Maintenance Done Right

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Shopping Center Maintenance – What Needs Attention?

Shopping Center Maintenance - sweeping.comMaintaining your Shopping Center is like maintaining your refrigerator – sometimes there are things in the refrigerator that smell bad because they should have been thrown away a long time ago. And sometimes there are things that should have been fixed or cleaned a long time ago in the Shopping Center that now need attention.

Of course, many people miss taking care of things when they first crop up. They think, “I’ll get to it when the weather gets better” or “I’ll get to it when I have some time”. And so as time goes on, the little things retreat from our attention, until they’re no longer little things.

You can avoid this. All you have to do is make the time for preventative maintenance (not find the time…you’ll never “find” any extra time) In other words, you need to make a plan for consistent, effective shopping center maintenance. Here’s how…

Shopping Center Maintenance – Sweeping

Regular Parking lot sweeping not only improves the overall “curb appeal” of the parking lot, it extends the life of the asphalt surfaces.

Regular parking lot sweeping removes grit, oils, and pollutants that reduce the life of an asphalt parking lot. The longer the life of the asphalt, the better the ROI (return on investment) for the cost of installing the parking lot.

Sweeping is also an environmentally friendly practice, a much-needed practice in an environmentally sensitive world.

Scheduling a regular sweeping keeps the parking lot looking tidy and removes the debris, trash and normal leaf and organic matter that collects in corners.

Shopping Center Maintenance – Portering

A porter is someone who conducts small maintenance duties to keep your shopping center clean.
These duties can include removing trash from trash bins, replacing trash bags, picking up larger pieces of trash and debris, and performing cleaning of any grease, oil or organic spills.

They are an extra set of eyes on anything that might need additional attention such as broken traffic stops, damaged curbs or sidewalks and other physical equipment that needs replacement such as lights, light fixtures, peeling paint, wall gouges, etc.

By using a porter, you can get up-to-date communication on the appearance and maintenance of your shopping center.

Shopping Center Maintainance Scheduling

There is a saying that whatever you place your attention on improves. This is particularly true with regular maintenance.

Updating (or creating) a regular maintenance schedule provides an effective baseline for monitoring and measuring ongoing tasks for shopping center maintenance.

A task management schedule should be based on client requirements that satisfy process tenant safety, task quality, and environmental requirement.

The more clearly you define your maintenance task schedule, the easier it will be to monitor and measure and manage the effective maintenance of your shopping center.

How Can C & L Services Help You?

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

Our shopping center maintenance services include parking sweeping, portering, asphalt repair, line striping and seal coating.

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

Asphalt Repairs – Spring Parking Lot Fixes – A Checklist for Success

Asphalt Repairs – Spring Potholes, Yearly Chore

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It creates an unsightly property condition that invites complaints from tenants and potential contacts from lawyers. You also have to find money in the budget to get them fixed, coordinate a contractor to fix them for you and provide communications about the upcoming fixes.

Bottom line, asphalt repairs are a lot of work and expense for you. And often you don’t get thanked by anybody for the effort.

When the weather starts turning warm, you know it’s time to tackle this project. And that’s exactly what we’re going to show you now, how to plan, prepare and execute a fast, cost-effective pothole repair project:

1 – Asphalt Repairs – Pothole Inspection

First, start with a thorough inspection of the parking lot. Layout the parking lot with a map (it doesn’t have to be perfect, just a rough approximation of the area to identify the problem areas)

Overly a line grid (3 X 3 is generally fine, more lines if you need more grids if you need them) and identify the rows on the grid with numbers and the columns on the grid with letters.

This way you can identify specific areas for repair by a grid number (the two potholes in grid 2C) rather than a vague description in a general area.

Walk the area and identify specific asphalt repairs by the grid.

Determine the severity by numbering the problem on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being less severe and 10 being very severe. The scale is subjective, but you’ll get the “gist” of the rating by looking at the various issues in the pavement

2 – Asphalt Repairs – Pothole Repair Project Planning

Rank the problems in order of severity. Very severe issues should get the most attention. These are usually the repairs that “must” be completed.

Do a rough calculation of repair costs and determine if there is sufficient money in the capital reserve budget to complete these repairs.

If the budget allows, evaluate the less severe issues and include them in the overall repair project.

Ideally, all issues should be repaired, however, budgets are generally the primary constraint and is a priority in the planning phase.

Once the key problem areas have been selected, use these tips in the article below to select and hire your contractor:

Asphalt Maintenance – Damage in the Winter, Fixes in the Spring

3 – Asphalt Repairs – Pothole Repair Project Execution

Communication is critical. Takes some time the week before the project to inform all affected parties about the pothole repair project. Use a variety of communication channels (email, letter, flyer, word-of-mouth, FaceBook notification, Twitter) to publish who, what, where, and when the project is going to be initiated and finished.

In spite of your communication efforts, expect some complaints about any inconveniences and be prepared to apologize (some people are highly distracted, so no communication will stick with them no matter what you do)

Let the professionals do their job, but keep an eye on any deviations from agreements and commitments.

4 – Asphalt Repairs – Pothole Repair Project Evaluation

After he project is complete, use you grid map to conduct a thorough inspection of completed work.

If any work does not meet expectations, notify the project manager immediately for correction and completion.

Well, there you have it. Hopefully, this only occurs once a year (not at all if you pavement area is newer) and can go smoothly and cost-effectively without too many road bumps.

How Can C & L Services Help You?

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

Our asphalt repair and maintenance services include pothole repair, asphalt repair and replacement, seal coating and line striping.

We can help you keep your pavement in excellent condition with reliable, dependable, cost-effective services. In northern New Jersey Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in central New Jersey, call us at 732-886-1940. Our professionals will be glad to assist you with any asphalt repairs.