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.

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..

Sweeping –  A Guide to Street Sweeping and Street Sweeping Resources

Sweeping Projects – Managing Pavement Cleaning Projects

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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 – Comparing Apples to Apples

Street Sweeping – Caveat Emptor (Let The Buyer Beware)

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Click the image or the link below to get your copy of this “Apples to Apples” checklist.

No one likes to be taken advantage of.  However, in the case of street sweeping, it’s hard to know.

There is an old proverb that states, The buyer needs a hundred eyes, the seller but one.

The first time I heard that quote, I thought, “how cynical, does one have to protect themselves in all transactions?  What has happened to trust!”.

Over time, however, this has grown to be one of my favorite quotes, simply because it explains the importance of due diligence before you make an important (and potentially expensive) decision.

In fact, I think every potential purchaser of property maintenance and sweeping services would do well to read this quote, understand it and start applying it to evaluating potential service providers.

Street sweeping – What Do You Know?

Here’s a quick quiz…

Question 1: True or false, An individual needs to be trained, I-9 compliant, have a clean driving record and be screened for drugs drive a street sweeping vehicle.

Question 2: True or false, Street sweeping vehicles that are less than 5 years old provide more thorough cleaning and are more environmentally friendly.

Question 3: True or false, Tracking sweeping patterns by satellite is the most efficient way to provide thorough street and parking lot cleaning.

If you answered “true” to at least two of these questions, give yourself a pat on the back – you know quite a bit about street sweeping. However, if you got even one wrong, then there’s still more for you to learn.

Fortunately, you’re about to learn everything you need to know about how to compare effective street sweeper providers with this article.

So roll up your sleeves, put on your thinking cap, and let’s look at important criteria when comparing apples to apples for street sweeping services.

Street Sweeping Employees

Although it appears to be a simple task to jump into the cab of a street sweeper and drive straight, there’s more to it:

  • Are driver screened: Drug and Driver Record?
  • Are drivers I-9 (Citizenship) Compliant?
  • Are drivers trained on the specific needs of your project?

Street Sweeping Management & Supervision

  • Is there a Supervisor on every shift?
  • Is an Account Manager dedicated to your needs?
  • Does the company have a Scheduling and Quality Control Manager?

Street Sweeping Equipment

  • Does the provider have spare equipment ready to be deployed?
  • Are all onsite vehicles clearly labeled with logos?
  • Does the provider have a wide range of equipment for all needs?

Street Sweeping Technology

  • Are there GPS Tracking devices on all trucks?
  • Do the trucks have Digital Cameras installed?
  • Are the drivers using 2-Way Radios for fast communication?
  • Are the sweeping patterns tracked by satellite?

Street Sweeping Risk Management

  • Are they NAPSA Certified Sweeping?
  • Are they affiliated with an industry partner such as 1-800 SWEEPER?
  • Do they have less than 5 Million Umbrella insurance?
  • Is their Worker’s Comp/Liability up to date?

Street Sweeping Company

  • Does the provider wash the area so the cleaning truck functions at the highest level?
  • Does the provider have Certified Mechanics In-House?
  • Does the provider’s company have a full office staff to support relationship needs?

Now you know how to compare apples to apples regarding street sweeping providers.

However, before I wrap up this article, let me share with you some additional services that you may need when maintaining your streets, parking lots or garages:

  • Line Striping
  • Seal Coating
  • Pavement Repair
  • Power Washing

To get the best results, you’ll want to choose a street sweeping company that has what you need, when you need it.

Go ahead and compare apples to apple – I think you’ll like your results!

For your convenience, we’ve put together a one-page checklist to make your comparison quick, easy and thorough.  Just click this link – Comparing Apples to Apple Checklist

Have additional questions, please call us at 732-886-1940.  We enjoy being compared to other provers of street sweeping.

 

 

 

Shopping Center Parking Lot Sweeping – Why It’s Vital to Creating a Great First Impression

Parking Lot Sweeping – There’s More Psychology Than You Think

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Psychology experts say that many people, if not all, will judge a new environment within the first seven seconds of interaction and their opinion will most likely never change.

Shoppers believe they deserve nothing but the best and form an impression about a business or property they visit the moment they enter the parking lot.

Since shopping centers are still the main source of goods and personal services even in this age of online shopping and home delivery, businesses must do all they can to create a positive first impression for shoppers (and maintain this impression consistently!).

Parking Lot Sweeping – You Don’t Get a Second Chance to Make a Positive First Impression

Thorough shopping center parking lot sweeping is the most effective way to create a positive lasting first impression on shoppers and the public. People like to meet up and do their shopping in a clean and safe environment, even if their personal environment is not as neat.

Considering the ever-increasing competition for ground space between foot traffic and vehicles, most property owners and managers are tempted to neglect the appearance of their parking lots. They do this with the mistaken belief that it does people don’t pay attention to the parking lot.  This is not true…people judge everything within their environment and the parking lot is the first thing they see.

Proper cleaning means thorough and regular parking lot sweeping. Creating a reassuring environment does not need to including laying the most expensive tiles or setting up catchy artwork; regular cleaning of the parking lot will reassure visitors (and tenants) that the services offered inside the shopping center are just as excellent.

Parking Lot Sweeping – Creating Safety

There is something else. Many people visit shopping centers to get away from their everyday routines to get personal service or meet friends.

Although this means more maintenance for parking lots and frequent scheduled portering and pressure washing, it can be worth it if means more visitors feel safe, relaxed and comfortable in their environment.

Take a look at all the trash that can collect in a shopping center parking lot.  Here is an article we posted about the variety of trash, debris and litter we lick up, “Street sweeping – One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure”.

Parking Lot Sweeping – Prioritize parking lot sweeping and maintenance

It is not uncommon for businesses and property owners to invest a lot in remodeling their buildings, helping their buildings to stand out. A visitor can always tell an expensive property where everything inside is very likely to be more expensive, from a valued property that is well taken care of both inside and out.

If you are in charge of ensuring the cleanliness of a shopping center parking lot, it sends a conflicting message if there is a poorly maintained parking that welcome customers to a property.

The best courtesy you can pay the tenants of the shopping center is to ensure a regular shopping center parking lot sweeping, cleaning and maintenance. This sends a positive message about the commitment that the owner has in his property.

Parking Lot Sweeping – Dealing With The Challenges

Both stiff competition and technology have made doing business more challenging because convincing picky customers takes more than advertising and applying a coat of paint every year.

One of the things that really work to create a positive impression to maintain a clean and well-maintained parking lot.

Are you looking to make a good (or better) first impression with your parking lot?  Give us a call at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to discuss how you can improve the overall impression of your parking lot through regular parking lot sweeping.

 

Pavement Maintenance: How to Ready Your Pavement for the Spring

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Pavement Maintenance – More Than Just Hosing and Sweeping

pavement maintenance - sweeping.comToo many property managers and business people believe that pavement maintenance is all about cleaning.

However, proper paved surface maintenance goes beyond an occasional hosing and regular sweeping.

To ensure that a high traffic pavement is durable and can provide many years of smooth service, it is a good idea to schedule a complete inspection and restoration of even the tiniest defects, especially before the spring season.

As the weather begins to warm and the snow melts, natural expansion of the elements will have an impact on a pavement, especially just below the surface.

The simple truth is that every business hopes to extend the life of their asphalt driveway, parking lot, or pavement, and while these surfaces need maintenance throughout their lives, here are a few crucial maintenance steps that can be carried out for the transition from winter to spring.

Pavement Maintenance – Step 1

Conduct a thorough inspection of the paved surface.

The problems that occur and can cause very expensive damage on a paved surface are often hidden just below the surface.

There may be tiny cracks that are easy to overlook and obvious signs such as sunken areas that retain tiny pools of water.

Before the spring season sets in, it is important to get an expert to examine the pavement for signs of damage to prevent these issues from getting worse and costing you even more money to repair later.

Pavement Maintenance – Step 2

Hire a professional street cleaning company to do a full cleanup of the surface.

The inspection process often goes hand-in-hand with a thorough cleanup of the pavement or parking lot.

A professional cleaning crew with the right tools will be able to get rid of all the dirt and debris that ordinary sweeping does not even touch.

Therefore, to preserve the smoothness and durability of the surface, get the pavement fully cleaned right before the spring season.  This prevents the unwanted elements from getting stuck in tiny cracks and under the asphalt.

Pavement Maintenance – Step 3

Fill all the cracks and repair the damaged areas before they get worse.

If the company that inspects and cleans the pavement finds any areas that need to be repaired or cracks to be sealed, make sure that they get fixed as soon as possible.

A paved surface is much easier to repair and restore right before the spring season.  If you wait longer, the cracks will grow and blemishes on the surface will turn into eyesores that could cost you much more to repair in the future.

Pavement Maintenance – Step 4

If the paved surface looks gray or worn, conduct a seal coating project.

Seal Coating will make the parking lot look brand new. In fact, we recommended that asphalt is seal coated every three years. This will more than double the life of the pavement.

Seal Coating regularly optimizes safety and allows the pavement to remain structurally sound.

Pavement Maintenance – Step 5

Refresh or replace parking lot line striping.

Fixing your paved surface just before spring will not only give you a peace of mind for the rest of the year, your clients will have confidence in how much care you afford your property and by extension, to them.

To make the newly cleaned and retouched parking lot or driveway look like new, replace any damaged stripping and markings and refresh all essential markings. The winter season is particularly hard on striping, so be sure to include them in your paved surface inspection, cleanup, and repair plans.

Looking for pavement maintenance experts? Call C & L General Services at 732-886-1940.  We’ll be glad to answer your questions and recommend an optimal strategy for your pavement maintenance.

Parking Lot Sweeping – The Difference That Makes A Difference in Excellence

Parking Lot Sweeping – Creating A Good First Impression

parking lot sweeping - sweeping.comHaving an immaculately swept parking lot is a smart investment for a number of reasons. For starters, the parking lot creates the first impression that visitors have. Generally, if you want to create a good first impression your clients, prospective tenants or other visitors, having a clean parking lot is the first step towards this.

A well-swept parking lot also protects you liability which may arise from parking lot accidents such as trips and falls.

Finally, regularly parking lot sweeping keeps the lot in pristine condition, reducing wear and tear – and the associated costs of repairs.

It is in your best interest to ensure that your parking lot pristine, clean and well-swept.

And if you want the best impressions you can get, you need the services of the best parking lot sweeping company you can find.

Parking Lot Sweeping – Sweepers are not all the same

Most people mistakenly assume that all sweeping companies are the same. As such, when in need of sweeping services, they reach out to the nearest company they can find.

The end result could be substandard work (or worse, no-shows) which ends up wasting not just their time, but also resources.

To avoid this situation, it is essential to understand what the difference between mediocre and excellent sweeping companies.

The simple fact is that not all street sweeping companies maintain certain standards and the best companies are committed to key principles. The most prominent of these principles are:

Parking Lot Sweeping Excellence Principle 1 – Keep equipment up to date and in top working condition.

The first rule of providing excellent cleaning services is having the right equipment. The best companies know this. They invest in the latest equipment which is available on the market. Beyond just having the latest equipment, they ensure that is in top shape. This means that they constantly service them to ensure that they are working at their best.

Typically, these companies maintain their equipment by having staff mechanics who can service them, as well as onsite garage space for providing safe storage. To top this up, the companies typically maintain an ongoing relationship with specialized parts vendors to ensure that any replacements are easily found. This ensures that their fleet is constantly on the road.

Parking Lot Sweeping Excellence Principle 2 – Skilled Workforce

Another rule of providing excellence is having full-time, well-trained and dedicated staff to provide parking lot sweeping services. When contracting parking lot sweepers, you want their staff to be pro-active, look for problems and communicate regularly with both clients and management. This not only ensures excellent customer service, it also prevents problems from escalating.

Such staff needs to undergo regular training, drug testing, and supervision. This ensures that the staff skills are maintained at their peak, it also “nips problems in their bud” before they have a negative effect on clients or properties. The best companies also maintain constant communication between executives and clients to ensure that the latter enjoy an excellent customer service experience.

Parking Lot Sweeping Excellence Principle 3 – Efficient Operations

The best sweeping companies also maintain efficient operations. Examples include using updated GPS systems, operating a radio dispatch and having 2 supervisors on night call while the rest of the world is sleeping. This provides prompt response to customer queries or needs.

Top parking lot sweeping companies also provide regular quality assurance and collect ongoing feedback from staff to keep the company aware and responsive to both customer and staff needs. The end result is that the overall quality of their services is constantly improving.

Ultimately, only the best street sweeping company can provide you with excellent parking lot sweeping services. Therefore, if you are looking to contract a company to provide you with the right sweeping services for your parking lot, then make sure that you contract a company which has the above qualities.

One company which fulfills the above criteria is C & L. Basically, if you need to make a great impression for your property, simply call C &L, and you will enjoy the best parking lot sweeping.

 

 

 

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.