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

Construction street sweeping is a messy job.

Street Sweeping – More Than Meets The Eye

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

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

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

Street Sweeping is a Time Honored Occupation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Street 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.

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?  Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) is Central New Jersey’s authority on property maintenance services.  Call us today for street sweeping at 732-886-1940.

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

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Construction Street Sweeping – Consistent is Better

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

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

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

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

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

Construction Street Sweeping – Reducing Pollution, Maintaining the Environment

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

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

Construction Street Sweeping – Making a Good Visual Impression

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

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

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

Street Sweeping During Winter: The Importance of Removing Salt

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Street Sweeping as a Safety Strategy

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

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

Why Street Sweeping is Crucial for Salt Removal

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

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

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

Can Salt Contribute to the Formation of Potholes?

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

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

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

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

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

Street Sweeping – The Best Approach to Remove Salt

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

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

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

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

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

Street Sweeping –  Fines, Parking Tickets, and More

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Street Sweeping – Is It Contributing to Parking Wars?

Have you ever seen the TV show “Parking Wars”? It’s a popular show on cable TV. During the show, a camera crew follows parking enforcement personnel on their daily rounds and films their interactions with people who have received parking tickets from them.

The show is very entertaining because most of the time these interactions are very volatile. Sometimes the police are called. More often than not there’s a lot of yelling and cursing.

Well, the street sweeper companies rely on something called alternate side parking to get the job done.  This is where the conflict arises. If you live in the city you’re very familiar with alternate side parking.   These are regulations that require car owners to move their cars from one side of the street to the other so the street can be cleaned.

In this article we’ll talk a bit about alternate side parking, street sweeping, and how to avoid those pesky fines and parking tickets.

Street Sweeping and Alternate Side Parking (ASP)

Almost all the larger cities in New Jersey require alternate side parking for street sweeping. Cities such as Jersey City, Bayonne, Secaucus, New Brunswick and others conduct regular street sweeping.  These cities need streets to be free from parked cars in order for the sweeper vehicles to do their jobs effectively.

Most of these cities do post signs identifying which days alternate side parking is in effect. However, as with many street signs, they’re either confusing or people don’t pay attention to them.

Even without signs most largest cities assume that if you live in a city you know all about alternate side parking. Claiming you were not aware of the alternate side parking schedule won’t get you out of a parking ticket in any larger city. it just doesn’t work.

What’s interesting however, is that many smaller municipalities also require alternate side parking for street sweeping. Smaller communities such as Rutherford, Belleville, Garfield and others now conduct regular street sweeping.

These smaller municipalities generally do not post signs and rely on their websites and neighborhood “word of mouth” in order to communicate the sweeping schedule.

Street Sweeping – Parking Fines For Not Moving Your Car

New York City is known as having one of the most frequent street sweeping schedules of any city in the nation. New York City conducts street sweeping twice a week.

Most cities do not conduct street sweeping this frequently. Smaller cities average twice a month (although it might be more depending whether the city is a transit hub, like Jersey City or Secaucus).

The smaller cities still place the responsibility ASP schedule on the resident and will ticket cars they believe are in violation of the policy.

In New York City an alternate side parking violation can cost as much as $65 depending upon the Boro.   In 2016, NYC collected $440 million in street sweeping parking violations!

Smaller municipalities charge fines from $15 to $35.   Although the smaller municipalities don’t make nearly as much in violation fines as New York City, a fine still represent a source of revenue and help offset taxes (which makes the municipality residents very happy).

Street Sweeping –  How to Avoid Parking Fines

If you live in the city, just talk to your neighbors.   They are probably already well aware of the alternate side parking rules.   Some of them have probably paid some of these fines. You can also go to the city’s website and navigate to the public works page where they’ll have the schedule posted.

In smaller municipalities, the neighbors may not be aware of the street sweeping schedule, especially if they park in their own driveways.

Most municipalities also have a website, so you’ll usually find the street sweeping schedule on that website. If you can’t find the municipalities website, take a ride over to the City Hall and stop by the clerk’s office, they’ll be able to provide the information you need.

Need more information?  Here’s a simple yet effective article with some additional tips from Forbes magazine on “How To Avoid Getting a Parking Ticket”.

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) –  Providing a Public Service

Sweeping Corp. of America (Operating as C & L Services) has been sweeping and servicing cities, municipalities 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 community 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.

Street Sweeping for Builders – Why Prime Services are as Important As First-rate Materials

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Street sweeping for Builders – An Established Service for Over 100 Years

Street Sweeping for 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.

 

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).

parking map - sweeping.comProvide 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.

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.

 

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