Street Sweeping During Winter: The Importance of Removing Salt

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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, ice 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 don’t floors but can provide you with excellent street sweeping.

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

Street Sweeping – More Than Meets The Eye

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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 – 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 out passion for street sweeping.

Street Sweeping – New Trends That Sweeps Streets Clean and Safe

Street Sweeping – Evolving to Higher Standards

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Flexibility, environmental sensitivity and well maintained equipment are in demand by clients

The street sweeping industry has become more competitive. With more professional street sweeping companies entering the industry, clients are demanding ever higher standards.

Have a look at the variety of new and different types of debris that needs to be “swept up”.

Any company which desires to remain competitive needs to keep in tune with the ever-changing customer expectations and demands. This requires paying attention to the emerging trends which are shaking up the industry.

Understanding the latest trends, and adjusting operational standards, practices or services accordingly is essential for any company which wants to remain competitive. Any company which ignores these trends does so at its own peril. So, what are the latest trends? Well, here’s a selection of that are getting the most attention in the industry.

Sreet Sweeping Trend 1 – Versatility in Service Delivery

The days when street sweepers simply swept streets are over. Nowadays, clients want companies which are versatile. This means that the companies can handle clearing any size of debris, at any scale, and under any condition. Versatility also means that street sweepers can provide services beyond merely sweeping streets. Among the extra services clients demand from street sweeping companies are portering, replacement and repairs.

To be versatile, a company needs to first of all invest in equipment which can handle various street sweeping and cleaning projects. It also means companies need to provide a variety of street cleaning services which stretch beyond sweeping. Finally, versatility means tapping into emerging technologies to enhance service delivery. For instance, forward-thinking companies now employ technologies like GPS and mobile apps to simplify resource allocation and coordination of their services.

Finally, versatility means tapping into emerging technologies to enhance service delivery. For instance, forward-thinking companies now employ technologies like GPS and mobile apps to simplify resource allocation and coordination of their services.

Street Sweeping Trend 2 – Flexibility with Communities

Having fixed working schedules may have been a virtue in the past, but not anymore. Clients nowadays want flexibility in cleaning schedules. They prefer companies which can schedule their cleaning operations in what is normally considered off hours. This includes, for instance, after 4 or 5PM on weekdays, or even on weekends.

Even as they desire flexibility in scheduling, clients expect minimum interference or inconvenience from the cleaning operations. For instance, they expect the cleaning equipment to be quiet enough not to bother them with irritating noises.

To be flexible, companies need to discuss with clients what their most convenient cleaning schedules are. They also need to invest in equipment which is as quiet as possible. Finally, they need to hire individuals who are willing to work beyond the standard 8 to 5.

Street Sweeping Trend 3 – Environmental Concerns

Most clients today are concerned about the environment. Specifically, they are concerned about their own carbon footprint. Many clients are now avoiding environmentally unfriendly cleaning services that contribute to environmental degradation.

Clients now prefer street sweeping companies which are eco-friendly. They expect companies to use cleaning chemicals which are biodegradable and safe for the environment. Companies need to place such standards into consideration when purchasing cleaning materials.

Street Sweeping Trend 4 – Professional Development

There was a time when street sweeping was considered menial work. Street sweepers were expected to have a basic education and not much commitment to the work. As such, clients did not expect more than basic street sweeping from their sweeping contractors. Well, not anymore. Clients are now raising their expectations of street sweepers. They expect them to be professionals with experience and committed to high levels of customer satisfaction. They are not willing to tolerate unprofessional conduct or mediocre performance.

To adapt, many street sweeping companies are now adopting professional standards for their staff and operators. This includes joining professional organizations, continuous education, and professional certification. Such companies are setting higher standards of conduct in the industry. Any company which wants to stay competitive needs to adopt similar standards.

In a nutshell, the street sweeping industry is changing rapidly – as new players enter the market, and client expectations continue to rise. To remain competitive, a company needs to pay attention to the emerging industry trends and alter their operations accordingly.

The latest trends which are sweeping through the industry include versatility in service delivery, flexibility with communities, environmental concerns, and professional development. Any street sweeping company which desires to remain competitive needs to adapt its policies, standards, and services according to these new realities.

If you’re looking for a street sweeping service that is dedicated to adopting the newest trends, give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to talk with you about how we are raising the bar in street sweeping.

Property Maintenance: Prevention is Better Than Cure

Property Maintenance – Truisms That Work

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They know that waiting to treat health problems until they arise can cause the patient pain and huge treatment costs. This truism that works well with our physical health is just as true when it comes to property maintenance.

If you care about the value of your property, you should give it the same treatment you give your personal health – regular inspections and immediate repair of trouble areas as soon as signs of wear or damage show. The sooner a maintenance issue is tackled, the easier and cheaper it is to prevent further costly repair.

Property Maintenance – The Benefits of Early Detection and Prevention

Scheduling regular inspection of your property is the ideal way to identify the repair or maintenance required before small problems become big issues that cost a lot more to fix. Small problems such as cracks and minor damage can deteriorate very quickly unless they are discovered and fixed timely.

When a property maintenance contractor inspects a property, he or she will be better informed regarding any preventive maintenance steps required to improve the safety or the value of the property. Recurring problems that may have been fixed in the past should also be inspected to determine whether solutions applied were effective or not.

According to the American Society for Quality (ASQ), it costs as much as four to five times to fix an issue on a property compared to preventing the said problem through a routine, consistent maintenance program. This cost goes beyond monetary value if you also consider the inconvenience that tenants have to put up with as the time-consuming repairs are conducted.

Property Maintenance – Principles of Problem Prevention

There are few and straightforward principles of preventing problems on a property and general property maintenance.

The most important principle is that owners must schedule routine, consistent, and frequent inspections of the property. These inspections must be followed up with immediate and appropriate interventions that resolve any issues discovered during the inspection. The problems that could cause the costliest repairs should have the most attention and be fixed first.

A seasonal inspection and maintenance checklist could be valuable to address climate-related problems, where and how they affect the property integrity, and the remedies or repairs to resolve them. Keeping track of these maintenance details will help the owner keep track of repairs and generate data that can be used to develop a reserve fund for future repairs and replacement.

Property Maintenance – Keeping Track and Following Up

Finally, if you are a property owner or manager, consider implementing a system of communication (enlist tenants and show them how to contact you) and use an automated ticketing system to help keep track of repairs, flag priority items, and follow-up after repairs. Such an automated system can prove useful in extending the life of your property by providing actionable data and keeping issues from “falling through the cracks”.

Have questions about your property maintenance?  Give C & L Services a call at 732-886-1940 for a free consultation.  We’re experts at helping property owners prevent issues and keep costs down with their property maintenance.

Seal Coating: The Questions to Ask Before You Start Your Seal Coating Project

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Fresh seal coating makes the pavement look beautiful and new!

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.

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 C & L General Services at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to answer your questions for your parking lot seal coating project.

Parking Lot Sweeping – How To Solve The Biggest Concerns With Parking Lot Sweeping

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A major concern with most industries (especially retail and small businesses) is public perception and appearance. Parking lot sweeping helps maintain the public’s perception of cleanliness and order, but it does much more than simply enhance the appearance of a property.

Contracting with a sweeping company to perform regular cleanups considerably extends the service life of the parking lot as well as the floors inside buildings that are served by the parking lot.

Parking Lot Sweeping – Dealing With The Concerns

However, there are several concerns associated with parking lot sweeping. Dust, fine particles, and dirt frequently discovered on parking lot surfaces act as a catalyst that damages paved surfaces. These particles are also often dragged into the building, leading to premature wearing of flooring. The cost involved in replacing flooring and paving materials generally exceeds the cost associated with regular sweeping.

Parking Lot Sweeping – Managing Concerns

So here is a guide on some of the concerns and how parking lot sweeping can be made effective:

Concern 1 – Parking lots are not swept frequently causing dirt and debris to be tracked into stores.

The debris and dirt collected in the parking lot is abrasive, gets dragged into stores and damages the floors. Micron sized grainy matter in the parking area can also get into products and food. During breezy conditions, dust found on parking surfaces become airborne making a mess and causing respiratory issues. Pollutants from parking lots contaminate storm water runoff during rains. However, consistent scheduled sweeping services keeping the parking lots  looking clean and fresh and ensure better quality of the air we breath.

Concern 2 – The company providing parking lot sweeping uses equipment that are not maintained properly.

Some companies use cleaning equipment that are not maintained properly. This can often cost far more in damage and inconvenience by not having appropriate equipment to get the facility cleaned properly. Use parking lot sweeping services of a company with a larger fleet to minimize the possibility that poorly maintained vehicles are criss-crossing your parking lot.

Concern 3 – Cheap parking street sweeping services.

There is a saying that “cheap work is not good and good work is not cheap”.  Cheap services usually involve inexperienced contractors that may do more damage than good. Also, cheap work does not last long. You must use the parking lot sweeping services that include blowing off side-walks, vacuum cleaning parking areas, cleaning debris and leaves under vehicles, and keeping the grass areas totally free of debris.

Concern 4 – Using drivers that are committed.

C&L General Services pay their drivers a living wage and the average length of their employment is over 15 years. You must engage the services of companies that specialize in parking lot cleaning to get the “dirty work” properly for clients. Professional companies have the right contractors to get things done the right way. This involves having professional sweepers, state-of-the-art people, and experts trained to use the appropriate equipment. Commitment to excellent sweeping services must be their number one priority.

With a routine and professional parking lot sweeping, business managers can certainly expect to have a flawless parking area, offering their clients convenience and cleanliness.

Call us for quotes and advisory for parking lot sweeping.  We’re the street sweeping experts and we’re responsive, reliable and keep your site looking good – 732-886-1940.

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

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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 for quotes and advisory for street sweeping.  We’re the street sweeping experts and we’re responsive, reliable and keep your site looking good – 732-886-1940.

Going Above & Beyond: 4 Tips for Parking Lot Sweeping

Parking lot sweeping is a must for any business. First impressions are formed in the parking lot. In today’s day and age, there is more to parking lot sweeping than just sweeping the lot. 

Prospects – Know Your Market

  • Shopping Centers
  • Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Airport Lots
  • Hospitals
  • Stadiums / Golf Courses
  • Grocery Store Lots

The Proposal

The proposal should be clear and easy to understand. Make sure there are no “hidden fees”. The proposal should also outline how often the parking lot will be swept and for how long. Most importantly, a sweeping proposal needs to identify the problem and the proposed solution.

Relationships

The single most important thing is establishing a relationship with your customers. Make yourself easily accessible and provide after hours support. Every once in a while, let them know how good of a job you are doing. Most property managers take it for granted that their parking lot is spotless. Don’t be afraid to let them know how you made it spotless. 

Quality Service

Analyze the property regularly to make sure your employees are doing the job properly. See how you can upgrade your parking lot sweeping services. It is all about keeping the customer. Assess every action in each parking lot sweeping job.

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