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.

 

Property Maintenance for HOAs – How Homeowner’s Associations Can Get Control of Property Management and Maintenance Fees

Property Maintenance for HOAs – A Consistent Management Challenge

hoa property maintenance-sweeping.comHomeowners associations are between a rock and a hard place. The rock is the required maintenance and management fees.

The hard place is trying to meet  the high expectations the community residence hold.

The balancing act of providing good property maintenance and effective property management, while holding down costs, requires skill, experience and a bit of ingenuity.

Property Maintenance for HOAs – The Costliest Line Items

For most Homeowners Associations and professional management companies, property maintenance represents the bulk of the maintenance fees…and these fees increase at the community ages.

There are two issues that are challenges for most homeowners associations, management costs and maintenance costs.

PPROPERTY MANAGEMENT COSTS

Many homeowners associations consistently focus on how to lower management costs. This usually leads to one of two things, either less effective service providers or reduced services.   

Ultimately the result is unhappy residents who are dissatisfied with the level of property maintenance…and complain about it.

Rather than spending time and energy on squeezing blood from a stone (cost cutting can only go so far until it begins to affect the value of the homes in the community), we recommend that Homeowners Associations encourage management professionals to look for ways to generate revenue rather than reduce cost.

Here are some revenue generation examples:

Sell ads in the community newspaper – reach out to specific service providers who can benefit from a relationship with community and invite them to purchase low-cost ads. You would be surprised to discover how many residents actually have home based businesses could benefit from community based advertising.

Sell banner ads in the website – Similar to the above suggestion and more consistent since billing can be automated.

Reduce paper by using electronic channels – this is cost-cutting, however it’s a sensible one since electronic media is readily available and electronic payment systems are very reliable.

Use property amenities for rentals – if the community has Clubhouse then providing the clubhouse for low maintenance groups such as corporate meetings or trainings can actually be very lucrative.   Avoid party rentals because these types of events generate more “wear and tear” on the propeerty and require additional property maintenance.

Share amenities with other communities – if the community has a pool or Clubhouse that’s underutilized, invite other nearby communities without these amenities to share them for a fee.   Also charge additional fees to residents who over-utilized the amenities (additional guests, multiple grandchildren, etc.).

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE COSTS

Most HOA’s and Management companies still want to keep property maintenance costs in check.  Here are some ideas that don’t impact services:

Consolidate vendors –  contract with vendors who can supply multiple services. For example a lawn service that also provides tree maintenance.

A street sweeping company can also provide pavement, concrete and other property management services. Having separate contractors for each different type of property management also creates additional administrative burden.

Review The Reserve Fund – and verify that the funds collected are neither too high nor too low for effective community property maintenance.

Please note that we do not recommend reducing or eliminating Property Maintenance services as a way to manage costs.   

Certainly we think this is a bad idea because of the nature of our company, however we have found in our experience that deferred maintenance can result and very expensive special assessments.   

Very few things make Community residence more upset than the special assessment for emergency property maintenance services.

Property Maintenance for HOAs – Tapping Into Experience

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

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

Property Maintenance for Shopping Centers –  Are Bigger Shopping Centers Easier to Maintain?

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – The Focus On ROI

shopping center property maintenance-sweeping.comGetting a good ROI (return on investment) is usually a critical element when deciding whether to invest in a large or a small commercial property.

Property maintenance is one of the key factors impacting Roi so many investors assume that larger properties actually result in lower maintenance costs.

However larger properties also come with larger risks since they require larger tenants who need more space. Lose one of these larger tenants and ROI is negatively impacted.

Investing and the Property Maintenance Calculation

Smaller commercial properties and shopping centers usually have smaller maintenance budgets but on a percentage basis the cost of property maintenance is higher.

Smaller commercial properties and shopping centers still need portering, sweeping, painting, regular maintenance and repair, as well as the occasional emergency (just like the larger properties).   

The frequency of maintenance and the need for experts is the same whether the property is big or small. The cost for property maintenance must be built into the operating income for the property.

There are certain investor’s  who will pass investing in a small property because of maintenance costs, but they may be missing out on an opportunity because they’re placing too much attention on only one aspect of the investment.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – Most Companies Don’t Need Large Spaces

90% of most businesses in the United States have less than 20 employees. So the  vast majority of the potential tenant market is looking for smaller space to operate..

Larger commercial properties look good in the spreadsheet’s bottom line, but smaller actually provides better opportunities and less risk.

Because there is a much larger pool of tennents, smaller stores and office spaces are easier to rent.  Small companies are also generally easier to communicate with since the business owners are more accessable.

Larger tenants have larger corporate entities to deal with. Also, if the larger organization decides to close a branch or division then this can leave a costly vacancy in your property. 

This vacancy can put a hole in the bottom line through a lengthy vacancy.  Finding a larger tenant for larger space is also a challenge because the tenant pool is smaller.

The property still needs to be maintained even if a store or office is vacant.   Revenue stops but the property maintenance costs continue.

Shopping Center Property Maintenance – Large or Small?

This is why in our opinion when it comes to shopping centers or office space, smaller is better.

Do you have a shopping center, office space or commercial property that needs expert property maintenance?

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

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

We can give your property the attention needs and keep your ROI stable.

If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to arrange for commercial property maintenance.

Sweeper Service – Street Sweeping Around The World

Sweeper Service – Many Common Values

sweeper service UK - sweeping.comIn spite of the variety of different cultures throughout the world, there’s one thing that almost everyone on the planet has in common: they want to live in a clean environment.

There’s some other common elements as well. People also want to be healthy, they want their families to be safe, and they want to live in an attractive community.

Certainly there are many areas of the world where this criteria is hard to achieve, however almost every country (whether developed or still developing) has a Department, Bureau, or Community organization that is in charge of keeping streets clean with a professional sweeper service.

Sweeper Service Differences Across the Globe

In this article we’re going to take a look at the variety of street sweeper service practices throughout the world and how different cultures keep their communities clean.

Influences on sweeper service in different parts of the world

There are different restrictions that street cleaners need to deal with depending on where in the world they are.

WeatherIn areas with cold winters such as the Northern parts of the US and Canada, sweepers that use water to loosen debris and minimize dust can’t sweep because the water can freeze and cause a hazard.  Cold weather areas use street sweepers with powerful brushing actions and a strong conveyor belt systems to get the grit, salt and debris into the debris hopper.

Environment – Coastal areas have more sand to deal with. In rural areas with lots of trees, there is a lot of leaf and vegetative debris on roadways. Some countries have tourist areas that create a lot of party trash, (Brazil during carnival and Dawali in India for example). In some mountain areas of Switzerland, the sweeper service uses special sweepers are used to collect hay that farmers move to the roads.

Age of City –  Before the advent of cars, horses and foot traffic were the main modes of transportation. Streets only needed to be wide enough to accomodate two horses. In Europe, narrow streets are often an issue, and many of those streets are made of cobblestone. Street sweepers that use vacuum suction or powerful brushes dislodge cobblestones and damage the street. The sweeper service in these areas often use smaller street sweeping machines Either custom built or manually operated) to deal with the challenge of narrow streets and passageways.

Sweeper Service – Specific Countries

China and Taiwan: Street sweepers in many Asian countries are less complicated, whether the sweeper is a brush or vacuum system. In China and Taiwan in particular, the mechanical street sweepers typically employ two brooms placed vertically on the back side of the hopper to move dirt into the hopper.  Asian countries also still employ manual labor to sweep the streets since labor for this type of work is both plentiful and cheap.

United Kingdom: In the U.K., street sweeper technology has limits due to the sensitive historic areas. Vacuum-based technology dominates the options in street sweeping in the U.K. Since the streets in the older cities are quite narrow, street sweeper trucks tend to be quite small.

Copenhagen, Denmark: Copenhagen is a very progressive street sweeping city.  This city is always testing new technologies, especially sweeper that are environmentally sensitive.

Amsterdam, Holland: Amsterdam often uses a team street sweeping effort, using what is called a train system. A water truck is in the lead and sprays the road with high-pressure water to loosen debris and move it away from buildings. The a hand-broom crew follows and sweeps the debris into the path of the sweeper. Sweepers with controlled power finally vacuum the refuse to avoid damaging the cobblestone areas of the city.

Moscow, Russia: Heidelberg uses a fleet of high powered water jet to blast clean the streets.  The street are usually free of traffic (I’m not sure if this is by decree or people have learned to keep their cars out of the way!).

Well that concludes our tour around the world of street sweeping.   but since we’re in the good old USA, we’re going to do it the way we’ve been doing it for 40 years.

Sweeper Service – Right Here in the Good Ol’ USA

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been sweeping and servicing shopping centers, 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 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 a professional sweeper service.

 

Construction Sweeping – Overcoming Obstacles to Sweeping on Construction Sites

Construction Sweeping – A Challenge for Most Construction Sites

construction sweeping backhoe - sweeping.comKeeping the streets clean on a construction site is a challenge for builders, construction managers and field supers.  Even subcontractors can run into problems when the streets are not clean on a construction site.

Fortunately, however, the people in charge of a construction site don’t have to tolerate the issues caused by a dirty construction site once they know how to take some preventative measures.

That’s what you’ll learn in this article.

Specifically, you’ll learn how to recognize potential problems with keeping the site clean. You’ll also find out how to prevent clutter and debris issues and manage them if (and when) they occur.

Construction Sweeping – Preventative Measures

So, without further introduction, let’s jump in with a discussion of sweeping construction sites and keeping them clean.

PARKING

One of the most consistent issues with construction sweeping is working around cars and trucks parked everywhere.  A busy construction site could have between ten to twenty different contractors working on any given day. If each contractor has a car (and many have several cars and trucks) the parking situation can get quite chaotic.

Here are some tips to keep the parking situation organized so construction sweeping can occur on a regular schedule:

Ground Rules – every site is different, so each site will need a different set of parking ground rules.  Take a few minutes to brainstorm potential parking problems for the site and possible solutions…then get input from the staff and contractors.  When involved parties are allowed to have input on things that affect them, they tend to accept and follow the ground rules.

Some basic ground rules should include where and where not to park, being mindful of other workers on the site, parking dispute resolution procedures, who to contact if there is a question about parking (or anything else).

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Sample parking map. Print the ground rules on the back. Post everywhere workers can see it.

Provide a map with contact info – communication is key when setting ground rules.  Providing map of the site with parking areas designated and ground rules identified is the easiest way to prevent the dreaded “nobody told me!”

Offer incentives for violators – although the preference is to punish ground rule violators, use positive reinforcement for a first warning.  If you encounter a first time offender, rather than giving a stern warning, use the “you probably didn’t realize” approach for the first offense.  Hand them a map and go over the ground rules.

If they become repeat offenders, use appropriate consequences to reinforce the parking ground rules.

Recognize that not only are the ground rules there for cleanliness and health reasons (and for construction sweeping accessibility) but everyone benefits from cooperation and a focus on safety.

SCRAP MANAGEMENT

Construction sweeping vehicles are not designed to sweep large pieces of construction debris.  Here are two criteria for managing construction scrap:

Schedule – Assigned specific clean up tasks every day at specific times. The end of the day is usually the best time to get these chores done.

Separate tasks such as disposing of litter, disposing of flammable or toxic materials and organizing the worksite and provide a checklist for their completion.

Also, assign tasks to specific people rather than a crew.  Accountability for specific work is more measurable when specific individuals are responsible for specific outcomes.

Separate materials – Different materials should be disposed of in different ways.

There may be recycling requirements in the municipality where the job site is located so separate scrap material into piles accordingly. Also identify usable materials and separate them to avoid accidentally throwing them away and consequently wasting money.

Many pieces of usable (and expensive) fypon trim has been damaged and thrown away because they were not separated and stored correctly.

COMMUNICATION

One of the main reasons why many sites become unsightly is because expectations for cleanliness (and behavior) are not communicated.  

Make some time to identify what is expected from the staff and contractors and communicate these expectations consistently.

The saying, “Inspect what you expect” is not just a cliche, it’s an effective management tool.  First identify what you expect, communicate it to staff and workers then “inspect what you expect”.

Everyone will get the message that cleanliness, safety and cooperation is important on your site and you’ll end up with fewer issues and an attractive, clean and problem-free site.

Oh, and regular construction sweeping will help with that as well :-).

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, 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 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.

 

Power Sweeping – Weird Things People Do With Street Cleaning

Power Sweeping – Sometimes It Gets Weird Out There

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Fallen leaves belong in bags — not in the street!

Never underestimate how creative people can be when they do bizarre things.

I’ve seen very crazy situations when conducting power sweeping projects and I scratch my head trying to understand why people do such odd things.

So, what are some of the weird things that people do relating to Power Sweeping?

Power Sweeping – People Throw things into the street

For some reason, people think that power sweeping days are wonderful opportunities to dispose of debris.   So rather than sweep it up and throw it in the trash like normal people, they dump things into the street.

Now these are not usually large items, however the most common item is lawn debris such as leaves and cut grass.

Power sweeping is designed to pick up this type of biological matter, but not in huge quantities.

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The street sweeper has a big job ahead!

The other common type of trash is party trash. Debris such as beer bottles, beer cans, red party cups, party favors, and all types of leftover party junk.   

This type of waste can be swept up by a power sweeper but is better off in a trash bag sold for this type of garbage.

Power Sweeping – People Dump chemicals and pollutants into the street

Another common problem is people who disposing chemicals into the street expecting the street sweeper to “sweep it up” or “spray it down”.   

Now many people don’t realize that the chemicals that they dump into the street end up directly in the waterways that we use for our drinking water.  

And one of the most common types of chemicals that end up on the street is antifreeze.

People park their cars in the street and flush their cooling systems into the street where the chemicals flow into a storm sewer.

If the car has a copper radiator or heater core, the waste coolant is also contaminated with lead.

In the United States it’s illegal for professional mechanics to dispose of used coolant, so dumping onto the street to be swept up by a power sweeper is a BIG no-no.

Crash Into the power sweeper

The vehicles used for power sweeping are not very fast vehicles.   And yet people crash into them quite frequently.

Perhaps the fact that power sweepers are usually not there all the time and then they slowly appear still makes them a bit of a surprise, but an accident can still be quite serious if you crash into a power sweeper.

Motorcyclist dies after crashing into street sweeper

Also it appears that being inebriated near a vehicle that is power sweeping can be deadly.   Here’s a report about a man who made the wrong step into the path of a street cleaning vehicle and got swept into the undercarriage of the street sweeper. Power sweeping vehicles may be slow, but they are still contain powerful brushes and vacuums that can be quite dangerous.

Man Falls Under Street Sweeper After Ballgame

Makeshift Power Sweeping

Power sweeping vehicles are quite expensive although very necessary for the cleanliness and environmental upkeep of the community.

In some countries, enterprising entrepreneurs who can’t afford a traditional street sweeper build their own makeshift power sweeping machines to provide street cleaning services.   

Here’s a good example of power sweeping creativity in action:

Power Sweeping Music

For those of you who are fans of rap rock, have a listen to the Street Sweeper Social Club.  This band hails from Los Angeles and consists of guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and vocalist/emcee Boots Riley of The Coup.  They classify themselves as more of a musical social club…but why street sweeping?  Beats me.

Check them out here – Street Sweeper Social Club – Paper Planes

Power Sweeping – Let Us Not Be Weird

If you need power sweeping, let us deal with the weird stuff.

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been sweeping and servicing shopping centers, 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 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 power sweeping.

Sweeping –  A Guide to Street Sweeping and Street Sweeping Resources

Sweeping Projects – Managing Pavement Cleaning Projects

sweeping fleet - sweeping.comMost people don’t have the responsibility of managing a street sweeping project.   However, if you now find yourself needing street sweeping services or changing your service provider then this is the right article for you.

Fortunately, people who need street sweeping services don’t have to do extensive research in order to find the right sweeping vendor.

That’s what you’ll learn about in article.

We will share with you why sweeping is important, when you need it, and what you need to look for to select the right type of service.

We will also recommend some additional resources if you have specific needs.

So, without further introduction, let’s jump in with a discussion of  sweeping services…

Sweeping – Why Is It So Important?

If you’re responsible for keeping a community clean, it’s important to get an experienced sweeping service that can do the job within your budget.

Community residents who pay taxes are looking for the biggest bang for their buck.   

Also sweeping not only improves the visual appeal of a community but also provides health benefits to keep pollutants and pests out of the neighborhood.

If you’re in charge of a construction project there are specific environmental regulations that must be conformed to.  Keeping pollutants and construction debris out of lakes and streams is an important part of being a good neighbor and nobody likes to pay fines, so street sweeping is a required part of the construction process.

if you’re a commercial property owner that provides parking lots to your tenants and their customers, you need to keep the parking lots clean so your property is attractive and your tenant’s content.

Sweeping –  What Do You Need To Know

Although the primary purpose of the sweeper is to keep the pavement clean, there are different types of sweeping services for different purposes.

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Our typical street sweeping vehicle.

For community and parking lot sweeping,  you’ll find that the typical sweeping truck will do the job effectively (view our image to the right).

A commercial property may require additional services such as portering.  Portering includes a maintenance professional who physically inspects the property and removes debris from curb stops, bollards, dividers, planter and decorative structures. Basically. anywhere a street sweeping machine cannot reach requires the attention of a porter.

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A sweeping professional also conducting portering services.

Construction sweeping may require as sweeping vehicle that can handle larger pieces of debris such as nails, small pieces of wood in concrete,  pieces of roofing material, Etc. also because pavement Maybe in different stages of completion there are more irregular surfaces the deal with.

The operator of a sweeping vehicle on a construction site usually has more experience then the standard sweeping vehicle operator.   this operator has to have an Eagle Eye and a good ability to interact with construction site contractors and supervisors to get the job done.

Sweeping –  How to Conduct a Sweeping Project

As with most maintenance projects, planning and preparation are the keys to a successful project.

If you’ve never managed a sweeping project before, reach out to the sweeping vendor and discuss the requirements of the sweeping job.

Review your expectations, outcomes, and any obstacles that need attention prior to the sweeping project.

Ask this question, “what needs to be done in order to make this project successful?”

Allow the sweeping vendor to share their insight into how they would approach the project and the resources they have available to do the best job.

A physical inspection of the property is strongly suggested by both parties so potential issues can be resolved prior to the start of the project.

If the property needs repairs such as crack filling, pothole repairs or concrete replacement, schedule these as either smaller projects or included in an overall larger property improvement.  Keep in mind that projects that are larger in scope require more planning an lead time.

Here are some articles we’ve written that could help with the planning process:

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

Pothole Repair: Challenging Situations that Only The Best Pothole Repair Companies Can Do Right

Inlet Repair – Why You Should Fix Your Storm Drain Inlet

Sweeping – When to Conduct a Sweeping Project

We’ve actually gone into more detail in another article which you can view here.

Street Sweeping- When Do I Need It And How Often Should I Do It?

Quite often the need arises for street sweeping services with some urgency. Please note that there are peak periods during the year for street sweeping services and to plan ahead whenever possible.

Street Sweeping –  What If My Requirements Are Unique?

This is where having an experienced, resourceful sweeping vendor can reduce stress.

C & L Services is a third generation family owned property maintenance company. We have been sweeping and servicing shopping centers, 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 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 sweeping.

 

Construction Sweeping – Why We Sweep During Construction

Construction Sweeping –  It’s Not Very Pretty

construction sweeping dirty site - sweeping.comYou’ve probably seen many construction sites. they all have some common characteristics  such as debris, piles of wood or pallets, mounds of dirt.

Why in Heaven’s name would you need to sweep a construction site?

It’s already pretty dirty isn’t it? And how is construction sweeping going to make it look any better?

Well, construction sweeping is not for the beauty of the site (not too much can be done to make a construction site look pretty).

However, there are some really compelling reasons why construction sweeping is an important and possibly legally required task that needs to be done for most construction sites.

Here are some of the most important reasons.

Construction sweeping helps protect the environment.

Some debris on a construction site is not only unsightly but contains pollutants as well. This debris can easily wash from a site into the streams and waterways that feed our reservoirs.

Regular construction sweeping helps keep this debris out of waterway and  the general environment.

Most people don’t want a dirty construction site in their backyard it’s more likely that they wouldn’t want construction to debris in their drinking water either

Construction sweeping keeps debris from clogging storm drains

There are all kinds of materials used on construction site that are very durable and waterproof.   These materials are fine on a structure what caused a lot of problems when they collect around a storm drain or landscaping that’s been done for water management.

A clogged storm drain or a blocked swale  can lead to flooding, ponding, and potentially mud  slides. repairing the damage from floods is far more costly been spending money on preventative construction sweeping.

Construction sweeping helps manage road dust.

One of the things that drives me crazy (but will never change) is the contractors mad dash in the morning to arrive at the construction site.

It’s a mad dash in reverse at quitting time. All this traffic coming going in and out of a construction site kicks up a lot of dust. This dust settles all over the neighborhood, on cars, houses, driveways, sidewalks, and horizontal surface that can trap dust.

There are few bigger annoyances to neighbors than having to wash dust off their property every couple of days because of a nearby dirty construction site.

So I guess you could also say that construction sweeping makes for good neighbors.

Construction sweeping helps Developers with their reputation

Developers are not held in high regard by many communities because they represent change. There are good changes and bad changes depending on how they are perceived.

Constant change is a part of life and with a little proactive maintenance can be managed in a way that reduces negativity and lots of complaints.

Do you want to enjoy the benefits of construction sweeping?

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 sweeping, municipal sweeping, construction sweeping, and garage scrubbing.

We can help you keep your site clean, dust free and in compliance with reliable, cost-effective construction sweeping services.

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

 

Street Sweeper – The Science Behind The Technology

Street Sweeper – A Part of History

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Street Flusher Circa 1926

I’m sure by now you are aware that the common street sweeper has been around for a long time and they are everywhere.

What you may not be aware of is that there is more technology to these rather noisy machines the most people think.

The science behind the water, the brush, and the technology may surprise you.

All of these elements combined in the modern street sweeper help keep neighborhoods clean, improve the environment, and keep people healthy.

Here’s a few surprises that many people do not know about today’s modern street sweeping.

Street Sweeper – One of the First Vehicles on the Road

Sweepers were one of the first mechanical vehicles to appear in cities and residential neighborhoods.  

The very first street sweeping machine was patented in 1849 by its inventor C. S. Bishop. Motor-driven street sweepers actually started appearing in the streets of Boise Idaho in 1914.

This was the Elgin motorized street sweeper built by the Elgin Sweeper Company headed up by Mr. D. M. Todd.

Sweeping Science Fact 1

Many people think that the water sprayed by a street sweeper is for cleaning…It’s not.

The water sprayed by a street sweeper is actually a technique to keep dust on the road while the cleaning bristles sweep debris into the hopper.

Spraying water on the street is required by environmental laws to keep dust from fouling the air and contaminating the environment.

If you see a street sweeper kicking up a lot of dust, then the water jets are either clogged or the water tank on the sweeper is depleted.

Sweeping Science Fact 2

There are several types of brushes on a street sweeper and they act as a mechanical brooms. These brushes are:

Tube brushes – that have bristles attached throughout the tubes or strips of bristles attached in rows. The bristles are made of either steel, polycarbonate or a combination of both.

Gutter brushes – are shaped like a flat disk and rotate to push curb debris to the tube brushes. The tube brushes then “sweep” the debris onto a conveyor belt which drops it into a collection hopper.

Sweeping Science Fact 3

Debris (trash, leaves, branches, etc) from the sweeping is collected in a storage bin called the hopper.

Storage hopper’s come in all different sizes and need to be emptied regularly to avoid jamming the conveyor belt and damaging the mechanical components of the sweeper.

Here’s a video that shows a standard street sweeper emptying their hopper:

Evolving Technology for Sweepers

Sweeping technology keeps advancing.  Some recent innovations include:

Sound Dampening – Between the diesel engine, rotating brushes and spinning conveyor belt, a modern Street sweeper can be in noisy affair. Sound dampening technology is being built into modern street sweepers with quieter Motors and Better Sound insulation.

Vehicle power – with the focus on environmental impact, newer street sweepers are being powered either by electric battery or natural gas. natural gas has been in use in a number of cities for  the last decade.

Air sweepers – are also being equipped with vacuums and air scrubbers that eliminate the need for the water spray which is particularly useful in regions that are experiencing drought.

How Can C & L Services Help You?

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

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

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 street sweeper.

Street Sweeping –  Drivers Are the Eyes, Ears, and Brains of Street Sweeping

How many times have you thought about street sweeping drivers?

If you’re like most people the answer is never. And like most people you would probably wonder, “Why in heaven’s name would I be thinking about street sweeper drivers?”

However, thinking about street sweeper drivers can be enlightening. There’s far more to the job than people think (and people rarely think about street sweeping).  

They are actually the unsung heroes of clean, tidy and healthy.

So let’s have a look at street sweeping drivers in more detail, and then you’ll learn how to appreciate what they do the next time you notice them on your street.

Street sweeping – What Drivers Do Before Sweeping a Street

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Street Sweeper Drivers Vehicle Dashboard. Looks like the instruments in an airplane, doesn’t it?

Route Assignment – although there are some drivers that have been driving the same route for years, most drivers are assigned different routes weekly and sometimes daily.

Drivers must either call in or log in to a central office daily to obtain their assigned route for the day.

Weather check – Drivers also do a weather check to determine the conditions (rain and snow are not optimal conditions for street sweeping) and to obtain alternative assignments if the weather prevents street sweeping.

Equipment inspection –  driver’s conduct a full inspection of the vehicle  which includes fuel check, control panel inspection, hopper inspection, tube and gutter sweep check, conveyor belt check, and overall operation and maintenance of the vehicle.

Street Sweeping – What Drivers Do On The Route

Depending on what type of street sweeping being performed that day, there are differences in the tasks and obstacles for the assignment.

Residentials Street Sweeping

If a driver is performing residential street sweeping, the driver must pay attention to obstacles such a cars pulling out of their driveways, children playing, and critters of all types scurrying about.

Because the driver is moving at a slow speed, other vehicle operators actually become impatient and make careless moves around the sweeper. 

Sweeper drivers need to be extra cautious because of this risky behavior.

Construction Sweeping

If the driver is performing construction sweeping, there are not as much traffic to deal with, however the driver needs to be very attentive to the type of debris that’s being picked up.  

On a construction site, large debris such as cinder block, chunks of concrete, or large pieces of scrap wood need to be avoided.

Shopping Center and Commercial Parking Lot Sweeping

If the driver is sweeping a shopping center for commercial parking lot, there are lots of curb stops and bollards to look out for.

And with all sweeping assignments, the driver needs to keep an eye on the hopper.   The storage hopper needs to be emptied regularly before it reaches capacity.

Street Sweeping – What Drivers Do After Their Assignment

When the street sweeping assignment is done, the driver doesn’t just lock up the vehicle and go home…there are some post assignment tasks that need to be complete.

The street sweeper needs to be checked for damage and/or maintenance, and any issues with the vehicle, the route, or the swept area needs to be documented and communicated to the appropriate parties

Street sweeping –  There’s More to it Than What People Think

Drivers are the eyes, the ears, and the brains behind an effective street sweeping assignment. Proper training, years of experience, and commitment to hard work is what makes a great driver (and an excellent street sweeping company!)

How Can C & L Services Help You?

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

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

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 about effective street sweeping.