Questions to Ask Before You Start Your Seal Coating Project

Seal Coating – Slowing Down The Aging Process

As soon as the hot freshly laid asphalt on your parking lot begins to cool down, the aging process begins. From this point on, the elements and use begin to wear the parking lot down. The sun’s rays begin the oxidation process, water starts penetrating the tiniest cracks, oil seeps further down, and temperature variations essentially wear the surface bit by bit. The secret to extending the life of any paved surface is to seal the pavement.  And the success of the seal coating project is how it is planned, prepared, sealed, and finalized.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which holes need to be filled and compacted?

Is there damage to the pavement that must be repaired?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) is particularly skilled with seal coat coordination and can arrange for an accessible surface in a little as three hours. Also, ensure that you choose a contractor that can provide line striping for the parking lot after the seal has dried.

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

Still have questions? Call Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to answer your questions for your parking lot seal coating project.

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

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Street Sweeping – More Than Meets The Eye

Beautiful neighborhoods, clean streets, and hygienic public spaces are only a part of the reason why street sweeping deserves respect.

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

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

Street Sweeping is a Time Honored Occupation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Making the city or a neighborhood clean and habitable is everyone’s responsibility, but street sweepers make the most visible contribution to ensure this happens.The next time you see a clean street, remember someone dedicated time and effort to make it that way.

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

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

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Construction Street Sweeping – Consistent is Better

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

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

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

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

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

Construction Street Sweeping – Reducing Pollution, Maintaining the Environment

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

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

Construction Street Sweeping – Making a Good Visual Impression

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

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

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

Street Sweeping During Winter: The Importance of Removing Salt

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Street Sweeping as a Safety Strategy

Over 70 percent of Americans have to deal with the nasty cold weather that comes with winter. Although the snow and ice may look beautiful in pictures during the warmer months of the year, they present the most difficult conditions to travel in and require a great deal of manpower and materials to manage.

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

Why Street Sweeping is Crucial for Salt Removal

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

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

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

Can Salt Contribute to the Formation of Potholes?

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

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

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

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

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

Street Sweeping – The Best Approach to Remove Salt

When the winter season passes, it is imperative that we mitigate the effects of salt on roads, interior floors, parking lots, and even our cars by removing it. Street sweeping is the ideal process that can clean away salt that has accumulated on surfaces during winter.

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

Municipalities employ street sweeping that uses the latest and most efficient equipment to remove as much salt from the roads, parking lots, and pavements as possible. If you have a road, walkway, or sidewalk that you care for, take some time to implement a plan for professional street sweeping.

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

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

Parking Lot Striping – Cleaning Surfaces Properly In Preparation for Your Striping Project

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) provides efficient parking lot striping solutions to clients all over New Jersey

Parking Lot Striping – More Impact Than You Know

Although parking lot striping may be looked at as something unimportant, it can have a tremendous impact on the overall usability of a parking lot. Adding stripes can make a parking lot more organized, easy-to-use and user-friendly – even for first-time visitors.

Most commercial property owners know this. Given the size and complexity of the typical parking lot of a commercial property, property owners have learned that parking lot striping can be a huge benefit to the tenant if done correctly or an equally big headache if done wrong.  Considering striping importance, once the parking lot is built (or repaired), they quickly seek out the services of a parking lot striping company.

Parking Lot Striping and Cleanliness

What most property owners don’t realize is that the cleanliness of the parking lot surface can directly impact the overall quality of the striping. An unclean surface can reduce the lifespan of the stripes.

The reason for this is simple: if the striping paint is laid on any residual dirt left on the parking lot surface, the next time the surface is cleaned, the paint can be worn off more quickly (or worse, stripped off by the sweeper). Stripes could chip, rip, or fade, and require repainting. This ultimately increases the costs of striping since it would need to be restored more frequently when compared to surfaces which are thoroughly cleaned before the striping project.

Parking Lot Striping – The Cleaning Checklist

Before a parking lot striping project is initiated, it is critical to ensure that the parking lot surfaces are carefully cleaned. Generally speaking, there are three types of surfaces which need to be cleaned before striping the parking lot.

These are cement, concrete, and asphalt. Below are simple guidelines on how to clean these surfaces.

Parking Lot Striping Preparation – Cleaning Cement or Concrete Surfaces

Cement and concrete are common surfaces used on parking lot surfaces and paving stones. Cement is a binder material (like glue) which hardens to a durable surface. Concrete, on the other hand, is cement with an aggregate of sand, gravel and other materials that are added to provide a variety of hardness or porosity depending on the use of the surface.

The procedures for cleaning cement and concrete surfaces prior to parking lot striping are:

1. Remove any large debris or accumulated dirt on the surface.

2. Professionally scrub the surface using a street cleaner with detergents made for cleaning concrete.

3. Wait for the surface to dry fully.

4. Spot-clean any stains with the appropriate cleaner (grease, oil, mastic, glue and molds all require different types of cleaner).

Please note that paver stone surfaces may need additional sanding after cleaning.

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Parking Lot Striping Preparation – Cleaning Asphalt Surfaces

Most parking lot surfaces are made out of asphalt. Asphalt is a flexible material which is less expensive but requires more maintenance. The procedure for cleaning asphalt surfaces are the following:

1. Remove any large debris or accumulated dirt on the surface.

2. Use a power blower to remove fine dust and dirt particles.

3. Pre-treat any oil, grease or petroleum stains.

4. Professionally scrub the surface using a street cleaner with detergents made for asphalt.

5. Wait for the surface to dry fully.

The bottom line is that the first step towards preparing a parking lot striping project is to ensure that the surface to be “striped” be thoroughly clean. The surface should be cleaned using not just the approach, but also with cleaning detergents which are meant for that specific surface. This will ensure that any striping on the parking lot will be clear, visible, and last for a long time.

If you are a commercial property owner who is planning for a parking lot striping project, be certain to get a professional that will properly prepare the surface by thoroughly cleaning it. Otherwise, you may end up compromising the longevity of the parking lot stripes.

The good news is that when you hire Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) for parking lot striping services, professional cleaning will part of the project. You don’t need the additional step of hiring another company to clean the surface.

If you are looking for a team of professionals, give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ll provide you with a problem-free parking lot striping quote.

Municipal Garage Scrubbing – What You See is What You Get

Municipal Garage Scrubbing – People Are Visual and are Harsh Judges

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It only takes a moment for people to form a first impression, including when they’re in a parking garage. Many people assume that the general public doesn’t really notice the state of the parking garage. It’s just a parking garage, isn’t it?. They park their car and then go about their business.

However, there has been a shift in the past couple of years in what people notice and how willing they are to complain about it. And complain they do!

Having a dirty parking garage can lead to municipal employees dealing with complaints.

The people who complain may even do so to their friends and on social media which can lead to bad publicity for a city. By having a clean garage (and clean streets as well), a municipality can avoid negativity and avoid conflicts.

A public parking garage should be cleaned once a year by a professional garage scrubbing firm. Beyond just removing negative visual impressions caused by day to day dirt buildup, garage scrubbing will also remove potential health issues that occur.

What Does Garage Scrubbing include?

Garage scrubbing firm will address specific areas which include:

Is this where you want to park? In a dirty, dark, grimy parking garage? CREEPY!

Grime

Grime is something that occurs as oil dirty builds up over time. It not only looks gross but it can also be slick leading to falls. These cleaning companies have the equipment to strip grime out of a parking garage.

Oil and grease

Cars with mechanical issues leak oil and grease onto parking spots. This discolors the parking spots and is visually unappealing. Cleaning the parking garage once a year will remove this unsightly appearance.

Vegetation

Plants can grow in parking garages. It might come from vegetation that has blown in and built up. An annual cleaning will remove all of the vegetation from the garage where moss or other tenacious forms of life have taken hold.

Mold

Mold loves damp places in parking garages. This can cause health issues for people who have respiratory issues or allergies. Even healthy people can be harmed by toxic molds. Mold in a parking garage also signals people that it isn’t maintained and is in a state of neglect.

Animal droppings

An annual garage scrubbing will remove animal droppings such as bird and rat feces, dead animals, and feathers. These not only look unsightly but are also potentially dangerous to people. The droppings of birds, for instance, can contain some 60 different diseases.

Municipalities can hire a professional garage scrubbing firm to clean their parking garages once a year. They will want to pick a vendor with a great track record of customer satisfaction and exceptional follow through.

This includes having the knowledge and experience of how to effectively remove undesirable substances from a parking garage, staying on budget and getting the job done quickly.

When the garage cleaning project occurs it will need to be closed off to the public while the work is performed. Any regular tenants and clients of the garage should be informed multiple times before the day of cleaning occurs.

Notices should also be set up online including on social media, through emails, and on the municipalities website.

It’s also a good idea to place signs in the parking garage so people know when they won’t be able to use it.

Here’s our garage scrubbing video that will show you how we work:

Municipal Garage Scrubbing – Call The Experts

Do you need an experienced, resourceful garage scrubbing vendor for your parking garage?.

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

Our services include parking lot sweeping, municipal sweeping, and construction sweeping.

We can help you keep your property in excellent condition with reliable, dependable, cost-effective services. If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884. If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to speak with an experience company that can meet your needs for garage scrubbing.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – DIY (Do It Yourself) or Find a Partner?

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Shopping Center Property Maintenance – The Temptation to Do Things Yourself

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Are you ready to do this shopping center maintenance work?

You just bought your first shopping center. You are deciding whether or not to handle the property maintenance yourself.

You could do it yourself, but here’s some things to think about:

1) Shopping Center maintenance requires experience and knowledge to take care of ongoing maintenance and potential unexpected issues.  Do you have the knowledge, experience and time to effectively maintain your property?

2) Do you have the cash needed for ongoing maintenance, including materials and extra labor?.

3) Did we mention time? The time you spend on the maintenance of you shopping center might take you away from other important management issues.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – Partnering with the Professionals

Hire a professional property maintenance company to take care of the work for you. Here are the benefits that come with this choice.

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Portering (trash pickup and removal) – time consuming, but necessary.

1) You save a lot of time, especially when it comes to ongoing maintenance. Portering (trash pickup, trash removal, sweeping, etc) is done on schedule and by employees who are trained for the job.  Small maintenance issues are reported and resolved before they become larger (and more costly) issues.

Hiring someone to focus on regular maintenance helps keep you focused on other important property management tasks. Operations, leasing, communication all go more smoothly with the maintenance process handled by a professional maintenance company. Your maintenance company can deal with the maintenance issues, you as a property owner work on the business of managing the property.

2) Everyone has that “one” person that complains all the time. Shopping complexes get it too. Your maintenance company can respond to those issues.

3) What do you know about environmental and property maintenance regulations?  Although acquiring and owning a shopping center does have educational aspects, keeping up with local, state and federal regulations relating to environment and maintenance is usually not on property owner’s rader. These types of regulations are regularly reviewed by property maintenance professionals.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – The Path of Least Resistance

Hire a professional property maintenance company you trust to work with you. Hiring someone could save you time, money and stress.  Hiring someone who knows property maintenance, maintenance regulations and is committed to providing excellent work is an investment in your property.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – Realistic Tips

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Shopping Center maintenance – Equipment and labor to do the job right.

1) There is a saying that cheap work is not good and good work is not cheap. Obtaining professional property maintenance does require a financial commitment, however it might be a small price to pay for peace of mind and tenant satisfaction.

2) Make sure you do a thorough background check on the company you hire. Some may not have all the resources you need to effectively manage your property.  Here’s a previous article we wrote to help you select the right company – Property Maintenance | This is the Checklist You Should Use

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – Do You Need a Partner?

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

Our services include parking lot sweeping,  pavement maintenanceseal coating, and line striping.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your residents happy.

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 shopping center property maintenance.

 

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – How to Get Your HOA On a Schedule

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – Some Kids Never Learn

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Getting people to cooperate is a lot like getting kids to cooperate,  you’ve got to employ the right consequences.

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – The Right Consequences

There is a powerful consequence you need to use when you start an HOA parking lot sweeping program.

It’s called negative reinforcement.   This is the most common consequence that most people are familiar with.   You can sum it up in this simple sentence,  “do this or else”.

It sound somewhat heavy handed, but it doesn’t have to be.  However, it’s the primary consequence you need to employ when setting up a HOA Parking Lot Sweeping program.

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – Examples of negative reinforcement

There are many examples of negative reinforcement.    

Most people don’t want to get a speeding ticket, so they drive under the speed limit.   Most people don’t want to get fired from their job, so they show up for work on time and do their work effectively.

Negative reinforcement does not have to be heavy-handed,  it just has to be communicated properly.

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – It starts with communication

When it comes to an HOA parking lot sweeping program communication is key.

Ensuring that the residents know well in advance about a regular parking lot sweeping program goes a long way towards minimizing conflicts.

Approximately two months before the start of the program a  separate letter should be sent to each homeowner informing them that an HOA parking lot sweeping program is going to be scheduled.  Include the specifics regarding the dates, the times, the requirements, and most importantly, the consequences if requirements are not met.

The key to communication is both repetition and variety.  Communicate consistently and in a variety of ways.  And document these communications for the resident who will claim that nobody told them.

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – Continuous Followup

The letter should be followed up a week later with a printed flyer that is hand delivered to each residence because not every residence receives notices from the management company.   Some residences are rented so they may not get notified by their Landlord.

Several weeks before the parking lot sweeping program begins, small signs (about 11 x 17  tablet size) should be staked around the community where every resident can visibly see them.

A few days before the program begins, conduct a mass phone notification campaign (these phone services are now readily available to all homeowners associations).

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – Resident Requirements

Generally, the main requirement is to ask the resident to move their car out of the parking lot that’s being swept on the sweeping date.

Invariably there will be residents who will forget, or ignore the requirements.   If the sweeper has to sweep around a particular vehicle, the sweeper should take that picture of the  license plate and send the picture to the HOA.

If the HOA can identify the car as owned by resident, they can send a letter asking the resident to adhere to the requirements and move their car on the next sweeping date. They can also respectfully remind them of consequences for future non-compliance.

Moving forward, consequences must be initiated on non-compliant residents.   No exceptions.

HOA Parking Lot Sweeping – The Consequence of No Consequences

Although it’s  tempting to let one or two violations slide, it’s important to remember that without consequences people will not change their behavior. 

Also, if you are going to apply consequences to one person, it’s only fair (and legal) to apply the same consequences to all.

Although it does seem like a lot of work to communicate, followup, and enforce requirements, the outcome will be that most people will cooperate. Those that don’t won’t have a leg to stand on when they suffer the consequences.

Need Help with your HOA parking lot sweeping project?

Are you involved with a Homeowners Association Board? Would you like to discuss ways to improve your community’s overall appearance?

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 forty years.

Our services include community sweepingpavement maintenanceseal coating, and line striping.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your residents happy.

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 HOA parking lot sweeping.

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?

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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.

 

Shopping Center Sweeping – Should You Sweep The Parking Lot Before or After the Winter?

Shopping Center Sweeping – The Big Question

shopping center sweepingPerhaps the question I get asked the most about shopping center sweeping is, “when is the best time to do a thorough parking lot sweep and clean? 

Should I do it before the winter so there is not much to do when the winter is over?

Or should I wait until winter is over and then do a thorough cleanup in the spring?”

My answer is, “it depends…”

Now I know that’s not a definitive answer, which is frustrating but there are several questions that need to be answered in order to give a definitive answer.

Shopping Center Sweeping – First question is how big is your parking lot?

The size of your parking lot really determines whether you should have parking lot sweeping at all.

Small shopping center parking lot – If your parking lot holds between 20 and 50 cars this is a rather small parking lot. You should rely mainly on manual portering you keep your parking lot clean. The shopping center sweeping is usually done with a simple broom and hopper pan.

Medium shopping center parking lot – If your parking lot holds between 50 and 500 cars then a good sweeping can spruce up the parking lot.  Not only will the appearance improve, But you can prepare the parking lot for other types of improvement projects such as asphalt repair, pothole patching, seal coating or lien striping.

Large shopping center parking lot – If your parking lot holds more than 500 cars then you probably have a substantial piece of real estate that needs maintenance. This is a parking lot that should have regular sweeping and maintenance.

Shopping Center Sweeping – It depends

So going back to the question should you sweep the parking lot before or after the winter you see now it depends.

 It appears that the weather really shouldn’t be part of the decision making process, it’s really the size of the parking lot that dictates the need for shopping center sweeping.

What  should I do Before the winter  to prepare my parking lot?

Inspect the Parking lot – Grab a pad and a pen, then go out and walk the parking lot.  Walk in a back and forth pattern to inspect the condition of the asphalt, concrete and cleanliness of the lot.   

Do you see any areas that need repair, replacement, painting, or cleaning?   Note these on your pad.

When you get back to the office rate these on a scale of 1 to 3.

1 is a critical must do,

2 is a should do,

3 is a nice to do.

Consider the items you rated as a one to be the most critical that need to be completed prior to the winter.

Shopping Center Sweeping – More than just sweeping

Some of the pre-winter tasks to consider are:

Concrete repairs, curbs,  sidewalks, parking stops, ballard bases, decorative concrete.   Rate anything that could cause a trip or fall hazard as a particularly critical item.

Asphalt repairs, potholes, large cracks

Inlet repairs –  any Inlet that is showing cracking or sinking ( it’s not going to get better over the winter)

Crack filling, sealcoating, and striping or not quite as critical,  however if the striping for handicap parking for traffic flow has started to fade,  it’s best to touch it up before bad weather arrives.

Shopping Center Sweeping – Winter Prep

A few other things that really don’t have anything to do with parking lot sweeping,  what are work thinking about are:

Emergency contractors such a snow removal or  roofers (looks like hurricanes are only going to get worse with continuing global warming)

Do you have your snow removal and ice melt supplies in good condition and ready for the first snow emergency?

although items  listed above appear to be  a lot of additional work, these tasks can be completed in a few hours.

So getting back to our original question about Shopping Center sweeping, we’ve given you a lot to think about and perhaps have answered the question for you.

Shopping Center Sweeping – Need Help with Your Shopping Center Parking Lot?

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

Our services include community sweepingpavement maintenanceseal coating, and line striping.

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your residents happy.

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 shopping center sweeping..

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