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

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

street sweeping 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

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

asphalt repairs - sweeping.comHaving a parking lot full of potholes is no fun.

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.

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.

 

Municipal Street Sweeping: Why Townships Rely Upon A Professional Street Sweeping Company for Their Yearly Springtime Clean-Ups

Municipal Street Sweeping – A Clean Town is a Happy Town

municipal street sweeping - sweeping.comTown councils, municipal administrators, and township staff all want happy residents. At no time is this more noticeable than at the beginning of spring. One quick way of guaranteeing this is by street sweeping to keep the neighborhood clean and safe.

The return of spring usually reveals the dirt, debris, and salt which has accumulated on town roads during the winter months. This usually leaves streets, sidewalks, and parking lots looking dirty and unattractive. To residents, an unattractive town is a source of irritation.

However, the concerns of residents are not the only things town authorities have to worry about. There are also environmental laws that require compliance on a regular basis. Cleaning up the streets is part of regulatory compliance.

This is precisely why towns and municipals schedule street sweeping as part of their yearly springtime clean-ups. The big challenge that authorities face is finding an experienced company to provide professional street sweeping services.

Municipal Street Sweeping – Keeping Costs Down Makes a Happy Town

As with all customers, municipals need a company which can provide professional street sweeping services at an affordable cost. This company needs to have the equipment, personnel, and resources for providing top-notch sweeping services. Above all, it should have the experience and capability of providing their services on the scale required by municipal authorities.

One company which has all these qualities is C & L Services. Renowned for providing superior cleaning services, C & L is the perfect provider of street sweeping for municipalities in New Jersey.

For starters, C & L is conveniently located in Central New Jersey. This provides quick access to most of New Jersey’s major highways. C & L Services can easily access most areas of the state and respond to municipalities within a short time. Basically, C & L can deploy to the communities that need street sweeping services without the slightest delay.

Municipal Street Sweeping – Avoiding Inconvenience Makes a Happy Town

C & L Services also has a new fleet of street sweepers. This means that we can deploy to multiple locations simultaneously. This makes life easy for municipalities which want to restore numerous neighborhoods at the same time. We can deploy our crews to different locations, and coordinate the efforts to clean up those neighborhoods.

C & L has a host of equipment for cleaning various kinds of surfaces to varying degrees. We can asphalt, concrete, porous, gravel, and many others. This means that we can easily clean up street surfaces, sidewalks, parking lots, municipal routes, and expressways. Beyond just sweeping surfaces, we can clean up and unclog nearby drainage channels.

Finally, C & L Services has the expertise and personnel to provide the best cleaning services possible. All our cleaners are highly trained professionals who are passionate about their work. We delight in delivering quality results and restoring a sense of hygiene and pride to neighborhoods and communities.

Municipal Street Sweeping – C & L Services Helps Create Happy Towns

If you are a town council member who is dedicated to restoring cleanliness to your neighborhoods during the springtime clean-up, C & L Services can get the job done. We can offer you the professional street cleaning services which you deserve at costs you can afford.

The best part about C & L Services is our services are environmentally friendly. Our street sweeping is carried out with eco-friendly equipment, techniques, and detergents. Therefore, we can help you to comply with environmental laws in a way that will satisfy the law and the town residents.

To find out more about C & L municipal street cleaning services, give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad discuss your needs and demonstrate our expertise in with municipal street sweeping.

Pavement Maintenance – What is the Purpose?

Pavement Maintenance – Not A High Priority?

pavement maintenance - sweeping.comPavement maintenance is often among the least prioritized element of property management. Most property owners and managers often don’t give it much thought.

They think maintaining pavement is a minor inconvenience (as opposed to the actual buildings people use) which can easily be overlooked. Others want to wait until something happens to the pavement before they act.

This is a mistake because pavement does need regular maintenance. And not just a major overhaul like repairing or replacing large sections of the pavement. Part of the necessary maintenance includes sweeping, seal coating and simple repairs.

The ultimate question is: what is the purpose of pavement maintenance? Broadly speaking, its purpose is similar to other kinds of maintenance i.e. keeping the property in peak condition. Specifically, though, pavement maintenance is important for the reasons below.

Pavement Maintenance for Appearance

It is often said that “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression”.  This is certainly true for properties. When potential clients or tenants visit a property for the first time, the pavement is the first thing they see. A pavement which looks dirty, unkempt and in disrepair can create a negative impression which can be difficult to overcome.

On the other hand, a pavement which is clean, well-maintained and attractive creates a positive impression which can pay dividends later.

In order to ensure that visitors to a property get a positive first impression, ensure that the pavement (parking lots, walkways and entries) are well-maintained.

Pavement Maintenance for Value Preservation

The pavement (specifically a parking lot) is often a very large investment which provides actual value to tenants, clients and ultimately property owners. For instance, a well-striped and demarcated parking lot of a commercial property makes navigation very simple for first-time visitors – something which businesses operating with the premises greatly appreciate.

Keeping such a high-cost asset looking great and in a state of good repair is a smart business decision. Waiting for it to deteriorate to the point of costly overhauls is simply bad business. Maintenance in this context includes regular portering (trash removal), sweeping, crack filling, pothole repair, and line striping.

Pavement Maintenance for Cost Savings

People are often warned “don’t be penny wise and pound foolish”. This advice certainly applies to property owners and managers when it comes to maintaining pavement. As mentioned earlier, many want to postpone minor repairs and only perform major ones. This actually turns out to be costly.

Pavement maintenance saves on costs. It does this by preventing deterioration which is much costlier to fix. For instance, filling a crack prevents the crack from expanding into a pothole or substrate failure which ultimately costs much more to repair.

Pavement Maintenance as an Investment

In summary, pavement maintenance is something which every property owner and property manager need to invest in. This is because it can improve the appearance of the property, preserve the value of the pavement and save on the costs of property maintenance.

Do you want to enjoy these pavement maintenance benefits? Then find the right company to provide these services.

A profession pavement maintenance company should be able to satisfy your needs, tailor their services to your specific property, and do all this without requiring you to break the bank.

We are that company and you can call us at 732-886-1940.  We specialize in property maintenance and can provide high caliber, cost effective pavement maintenance.

Street Sweeping – The Streets Are Cleaned Like Magic

Street Sweeping – Technology or Magic?

Arthur Clarke, the famous science fiction author is known for the quote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”.street sweeping trash - sweeping.com

Of course, most people don’t equate street sweeping with magic…but people do go to sleep at night with dirty, debris-laden streets, and the next morning…voila! the debris and trash is gone from the streets!  Like magic!

I’m not sure anyone really notices (except when the streets are particularly unsightly), but it does sometimes seem like magic to get something as large as a street (or a town or a city) from messy to clean.  And swept clean in a very short period of time.

Street Sweeping – A Village or  A Fleet?

Did you know it takes a village AND a fleet to keep a village clean?  Not only is a village needed to be cleaned, but the people (villagers?) who live in them consider street sweeping to be important enough to carry out regularly.  And then it takes a fleet to keep that village clean.

At C & L Services we’ve been building our fleet (over three generations) and regularly keep many villages, towns, communities, parking lots, stadiums, hospitals, etc clean with street sweeping.

Here’s a recent shot of our fleet yard in Jackson, NJ.

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Our fleet has grown to over 30 different vehicles.  Street sweepers for street sweeping.   Pickup trucks for property maintenance portering.  Box trucks for large property maintenance projects, power washing, pavement maintenance, line striping.

We’ve even maintain a full-time staff of mechanics to keep these trucks and vehicles in tip-top shape.

We’re in our 46th year and still growing.

Street Sweeping – It’s All In The Familystreet sweeping charlie vitale - sweeping.com

Our business started in 1971 with Charlie Vitale who had purchased a second-hand sweeper from his brother in law.

Charlie’s brother in law owned a junkyard and there was a second-hand sweeper in good running order and it was priced right.

That’s Charlie driving one of the many street sweepers that were added to the fleet.

Gabe Vitale, Charlie’s son, joined the business shortly after.  Gabe’s son Gabe Vitale Jr. and daughter Lauren Vitale also joined in 2010.  Three Generations!

Street Sweeping – Expanding into Northern NJ

With demand for professional street sweeping, C & L Services has expanded into Northern NJ.  In June of 2017, C & L Services acquired Apgar Power Sweeping, a well respected Street Sweeping company in Northern NJ.

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.”

Street Sweeping – The Future Holds Promise.

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.

If your looking for a well respected, professional family business to provide street sweeping or a variety of property management services, call us in central NJ at 732-886-1940 or Northern NJ at 908-730-7888.  You can grow with us…or we’ll just provide our magic with street sweeping!

 

Pavement Repair – What is the Purpose?

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Pavement Repair – It Takes a Pounding!

pavement repair-sweeping.comAs asphalt pavement ages and as the pavement is pounded by constant traffic, it is only normal that the constant stress leads to faster deterioration of the surface. Only regular maintenance and pavement repair can prolong its life and restore its glory.

The paved surface on your business premises should be inspected regularly and restoration processes carried out if you want to extend the life and avoid large pavement repair expense on such surfaces.

Ignoring even small cracks could mean repairing deep potholes or replacing an entire surface in the very near future. There are three main reasons why you should take pavement repair serious.

Pavement Repair – Minimizes chances of liability

Broken pavement is a huge risk to everyone that uses it. Even small cracks on the asphalt surface could cause your customers or staff to trip and fall, leading to injuries that cause a lot of harm to you and your business. It is vital that you schedule a regular inspection of all paved surfaces on your business premises and fix any damages such as wears and potholes.

Overall, the cost of pavement repair is much smaller than the price you may need to pay and the pain you may go through should such damaged pavement cause an accident that leads to litigation.

Pavement Repair – Aesthetics go a long way in business

There is a saying that first impressions are invaluable and hard to change. When a potential customer enters business premises, he/she makes a judgment based on many things, top among them is the appearance of the property. Aesthetics have a significant effect on perception.

Therefore, invest your time and effort to scrutinize the pavements and parking lots to find anything that could create a negative impression of your property (particularly cracks, potholes or crumbling pavement).

Pavement Repair – Preserve the value of your property

While you may be convinced that the value of your property increases over time, there is a price to pay to keep its perceived value even higher. Preserving the value of the property involves setting aside money for capital improvement and possible pavement repair expenses.  This ensures that maintenance and fixes are performed timely before surface problems become unnecessarily costly.

Entrepreneurs who are good at what they do understand that property issues could seriously affect the perceived value of a business property and then reflect poorly on the businesses within that property.

Potholes, cracks, erosion and other damages on a paved surface may be a common occurrence on pavement, but they should never be ignored. They should be a very big deal to you, especially when they appear on the pavement of your business premises. These three reasons should inspire you to put measures in place to ensure that they are fixed as soon as they appear.

Do you need a professional property maintenance company?  We’re experts in all types of property maintenance.  Give us a call at 732-886-1940, we’ll be glad to service your property needs including pavement repair.

Powerwashing – What is the purpose?

Powerwashing – A Major Tool for Property Maintenance

powerwashing - sweeping.comPowerwashing has become one of the most preferred techniques for cleaning properties.

Many domestic and commercial property owners and property managers have made this technique a core part of their property maintenance schedule. Some, though, still wonder why it is relevant.

If you question the value of powerwashing, this article is for you.

Read on to discover the primary purpose behind powerwashing (also known as pressure washing).

In other words, here is why power washing properties on a regular schedule is a smart move for property owners or managers.

Powerwashing for Property Appearance

Powerwashing keeps properties looking spotlessly clean. This is because it “powers off” dirt from building surfaces and floors.

This type of deep cleaning removes dirt including the type that attracts molds, removes grime, mud, loose paint, and restores a new look to the cleaned surface.

The areas which benefit most by pressure washing include front entries, walkways, patios, fencing, pavements and even parking lots.  Basically anywhere the general public hs a good view of the property.

Powerwashing such areas ensure that the property looks presentable and creates a good first impression. This is particularly important for commercial properties where a good first impression can impact the businesses operating within the premises.

Powerwashing for Property Preservation

Powerwashing is also critical for protecting buildings from the damage caused by molds.

Mold infestation can damage surfaces made of wood or EIFS wall insulation (very relevant in commercial shopping centers and offices building today).

Mold can cause these surfaces to decompose, causing water intrusion in buildings. Molds can also damage exterior painted signs or building decorations.

By eliminating mold from wall surfaces, pressure washing plays a critical role in preserving buildings. This not only increases the lifespan of buildings, it also reduces the frequency of repairs.

Powerwashing for Safety

Powerwashing improves the safety of buildings in two ways.

First, it eliminates surface dirt which can create fall hazards. The existence of molds on pedestrian walkways or car oils on parking lots can make the surfaces slippery and thus increase the risk of falls.

Powerwashing removes mold and oils from surfaces and therefore makes them safer.

Secondly, powerwashing removes allergens and breeding grounds for disease-causing contaminants from wall surfaces. Mentioned in the previous paragraph is mold.

Some people are allergic to the spores released by molds. Similarly, mold spores can trigger attacks in people who suffer from asthma.

Mold and other surface residues, if left unchecked, can attract potential pests. These pests can carry disease.

By removing mold and other kinds of dirt from surfaces, pressure washing protects people who reside or regularly use from the health risks associated with the mold spores or insects.

Powerwashing for Cost Savings

Powerwashing ultimately saves on the costs associated with property maintenance.

For starters, it reduces the frequency of repairs by preserving properties from the damage caused by mold and other contaminants.

By eliminating fall hazards from walkable surfaces (see “Safety” above), pressure washing can minimize the insurance and legal costs associated with accidents occurring on the property.

Ultimately, powerwashing is an investment anyone can make in maintaining their property. It improves appearance, preserves the property, increases safety and minimizes costs.

The best part is that it can achieve all these things while having a positive impact on the environment – since the materials and detergents used are usually eco-friendly.

If you are a property owner or manager, think about adopting powerwashing as part of your property maintenance schedule.

Your first step is to find a company which can provide you with services which are tailored to your needs.

Give us a call at 732-886-1940. We provide these services and we’re known for prompt, reliable and budget friendly powerwashing.