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.

 

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

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street sweeping how often - sweeping.comStreet Sweeping – More Than Aesthetics

Street sweeping  serves as a much greater practice than simply removing huge debris for an aesthetically pleasant appearance. It is a proven measure in reducing pollutants within commercial and residential areas.

Street sweeping frequency is directly related to the amount of traffic generated by the surrounding area. This means that busy town centers and main roads should be swept more frequently than a quiet residential area. Also, sweeping needs to be done for different parties at different times. Here’s a list:

Street Sweeping Frequency for Homeowners Associations

For Homeowners Associations: Once a quarter. After the winter season when the snow melts away, sweeping helps to remove debris piled up from snow plows. Such debris can block storm water basins causing local flooding during heavy rains.

During the spring season, sweeping helps to remove sand and salt especially at the bottom of the hills.

In summer, sweeping helps to remove dust, improving the clean appearance of the area. Sweeping the dirt from paved streets helps ensure an environmentally healthy and safe community.

Finally, for the fall season, sweeping removes leaves and other vegetation that collects in the streets and storm drains.

Street Sweeping Frequency for Municipalities

For Municipalities: Street sweeping should be done monthly. It is a responsible practice for municipalities to mitigate accumulation of dirt, litter, and vegetation from paths and streets.

The main objective is to maintain “curb appeal” for the community, and that is why sweeping needs to be done on a regular basis.  Street sweeping is also one of the most visible signs that tax dollars are at work.

Street Sweeping for Shopping Centers

For Shopping Centers: To maintain the clean look of a commercial property, oil, grease, and debris needs to be cleaned regularly. Although this type of debris is not always obvious, they should not accumulate until they are noticeable.

Parking lots at shopping centers must always look spotless and intact to cast a good impression on the visitors. We recommend daily sweeping for commercial centers.

Street Sweeping for Construction Sites

For Construction Sites: Sweeping is required at construction sites where trucks and other heavy vehicles carry huge amounts of dust, debris, and other potential pollutants. Frequent sweeping of such areas can alleviate the major source of dust.

Fugitive dust from backfilling and excavation operations for the treatment plants must be kept to a minimum. Soil erosion must be managed because wash off from piled materials can be a source of pollutants for the construction period.

This is why municipalities require proper management of soil erosion.

Looking for more guidance?  C & L Services is central NJ’s authority on property maintenance services.  Call us today for street sweeping at 732-886-1940