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

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

street sweeping builders-sweeping.comBuilders are known to be some of the most innovative  businesses in the US.

Although many of the processes and products that they use have been around for a long time, builders are always looking for new ways to do things better, provide better products with durable materials, and ultimately to satisfy their customers.

Builders spend quite a bit of time researching, testing, and evaluating building materials.   

They also seek out new processes, methodologies, and techniques to make the homes and buildings that they construct more efficient.

Street sweeping for Builders – Clarifying Expectations

One area that I have always felt didn’t receive the focus that it deserves from builders is evaluating the quality of the services that they received from their subcontractors.

Certainly builders are discerning when it comes to expectations regarding the quality of the service they received, however many of their service providers (this includes electricians, carpenters, plumbers, and other service professionals) are vetted through word-of-mouth rather than actual monitoring measuring.

Now the focus of this article is street sweeping, However street sweeping is as important a service as any of the other subcontracted professionals.

Street sweeping for Builders – The Quality Process

As a service provider who is committed to the quality process (PDCA – Plan, Do, Check, Act), in order to provide service that exceeds expectations we recommend the following measures for evaluating service professionals:

Responsiveness – Does the vendor respond back to  inquiries or issues in a timely manner?

Flexibility –  can the vendor respond to unexpected situations?   does the vendor have enough flexibility to adjust their processes and procedures to meet the needs of the client organization?

Attention to detail –  does the vendor provide their service with the level of detail that one would reasonably expect of a professional service?    does the vendor avoid rookie mistakes? is error free Service delivery the norm or the exception?

Ease of doing business –  does the vendor have sufficient staff to communicate just in time?    Or does communication require multiple redundant channels? does the vendor and their staff provide a basic degree of friendliness when interacting with staff of the organization.

Courteousness of staff –  is the staff courteous two members of the organization,  the organization’s clients and the General Public? have there been  Behavioral incidents which require apologies or a men’s on the part of the service provider?

Follow-through –  does the service provider  meet their commitments? does a service provider renegotiate commitments that need to be adjusted?  

Suppliers, vendors, and service providers are critical to most organizations, unfortunately many organizations do a very poor job of measuring supplier performance.

Often price is the only factor in deciding on a vendor when other measures are equally or perhaps more important.

Although street sweeping may not be high on the list of critical services, service consumers are still entitled to excellent quality and professional service.

Street Sweeping for Builders – Call the Experts

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

Our services include parking lot sweepingmunicipal sweepingconstruction sweeping, and garage scrubbing.

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

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

 

Sweeper Service – Street Sweeping Around The World

Sweeper Service – Many Common Values

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

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

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

Sweeper Service Differences Across the Globe

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

Influences on sweeper service in different parts of the world

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

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

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

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

Sweeper Service – Specific Countries

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sweeper Service – Right Here in the Good Ol’ USA

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

Our services include parking lot sweepingmunicipal sweepingconstruction sweeping, and garage scrubbing.

We can help you keep your property in excellent condition with reliable, dependable, cost-effective services. If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to speak with an experience company that can meet your needs for a professional sweeper service.

 

Construction Sweeping – Overcoming Obstacles to Sweeping on Construction Sites

Construction Sweeping – A Challenge for Most Construction Sites

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

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

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

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

Construction Sweeping – Preventative Measures

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

PARKING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCRAP MANAGEMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMMUNICATION

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

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

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

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

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

Construction Sweeping – Call the Experts

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

Our services include parking lot sweepingmunicipal sweepingconstruction sweeping, and garage scrubbing.

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

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

 

Power Sweeping – Weird Things People Do With Street Cleaning

Power Sweeping – Sometimes It Gets Weird Out There

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Fallen leaves belong in bags — not in the street!

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

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

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

Power Sweeping – People Throw things into the street

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

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

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

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The street sweeper has a big job ahead!

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

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

Power Sweeping – People Dump chemicals and pollutants into the street

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crash Into the power sweeper

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

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

Motorcyclist dies after crashing into street sweeper

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

Man Falls Under Street Sweeper After Ballgame

Makeshift Power Sweeping

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

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

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

Power Sweeping Music

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

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

Power Sweeping – Let Us Not Be Weird

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

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

Our services include parking lot sweepingmunicipal sweepingconstruction sweeping, and garage scrubbing.

We can help you keep your property in excellent condition with reliable, dependable, cost-effective services. If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to speak with an experience company that can meet your needs for power sweeping.

Street Sweeping –  Fines, Parking Tickets, and More

Street Sweeping –  Is It Contributing to Parking Wars?

street sweeping ASP - sweeping.comHave 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 the 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.

It’s just as likely to get a ticket in a smaller town as you would a larger city

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 and 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”.

C & L Services –  providing a public service

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

Construction Sweeping – Why We Sweep During Construction

Construction Sweeping –  It’s Not Very Pretty

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some of the most important reasons.

Construction sweeping helps protect the environment.

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

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

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

Construction sweeping keeps debris from clogging storm drains

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

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

Construction sweeping helps manage road dust.

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

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

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

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

Construction sweeping helps Developers with their reputation

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

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

Do you want to enjoy the benefits of construction sweeping?

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

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

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

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

 

Street Sweeper – The Science Behind The Technology

Street Sweeper – A Part of History

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Street Flusher Circa 1926

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

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

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

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

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

Street Sweeper – One of the First Vehicles on the Road

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

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

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

Sweeping Science Fact 1

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

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

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

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

Sweeping Science Fact 2

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

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

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

Sweeping Science Fact 3

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

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

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

Evolving Technology for Sweepers

Sweeping technology keeps advancing.  Some recent innovations include:

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

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

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

How Can C & L Services Help You?

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

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

We can help you keep your property in excellent condition with reliable, dependable, cost-effective services. If you’re in North Jersey, Contact us at 908-730-7884.  If you’re in Central New Jersey call us at 732-886-1940 to speak with a professional street sweeper.

Street Sweeping – The Streets Are Cleaned Like Magic

Street Sweeping – Technology or Magic?

Arthur Clarke, the famous science fiction author is known for the quote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”.street sweeping trash - sweeping.com

Of course, most people don’t equate street sweeping with magic…but people do go to sleep at night with dirty, debris-laden streets, and the next morning…voila! the debris and trash is gone from the streets!  Like magic!

I’m not sure anyone really notices (except when the streets are particularly unsightly), but it does sometimes seem like magic to get something as large as a street (or a town or a city) from messy to clean.  And swept clean in a very short period of time.

Street Sweeping – A Village or  A Fleet?

Did you know it takes a village AND a fleet to keep a village clean?  Not only is a village needed to be cleaned, but the people (villagers?) who live in them consider street sweeping to be important enough to carry out regularly.  And then it takes a fleet to keep that village clean.

At C & L Services we’ve been building our fleet (over three generations) and regularly keep many villages, towns, communities, parking lots, stadiums, hospitals, etc clean with street sweeping.

Here’s a recent shot of our fleet yard in Jackson, NJ.

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Our fleet has grown to over 30 different vehicles.  Street sweepers for street sweeping.   Pickup trucks for property maintenance portering.  Box trucks for large property maintenance projects, power washing, pavement maintenance, line striping.

We’ve even maintain a full-time staff of mechanics to keep these trucks and vehicles in tip-top shape.

We’re in our 46th year and still growing.

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Our business started in 1971 with Charlie Vitale who had purchased a second-hand sweeper from his brother in law.

Charlie’s brother in law owned a junkyard and there was a second-hand sweeper in good running order and it was priced right.

That’s Charlie driving one of the many street sweepers that were added to the fleet.

Gabe Vitale, Charlie’s son, joined the business shortly after.  Gabe’s son Gabe Vitale Jr. and daughter Lauren Vitale also joined in 2010.  Three Generations!

Street Sweeping – Expanding into Northern NJ

With demand for professional street sweeping, C & L Services has expanded into Northern NJ.  In June of 2017, C & L Services acquired Apgar Power Sweeping, a well respected Street Sweeping company in Northern NJ.

Gabe Vitale, Jr., VP of Operations for C & L Services in Jackson stated, “We have been serving all regions of NJ since my Father and Grandfather established the business, however, we want to be able to respond more quickly to our clients in the North Jersey region.

Prior to our acquisition of Apgar, we were sending our crews and materials from central NJ, sometimes taking as much as two hours to respond.  With our new location in Hampton, NJ we can now respond within a half hour or less to client requests.”

Street Sweeping – The Future Holds Promise.

C&L Services is celebrating over 45 years of great customer relationships. C&L has become the industry leader in outstanding award-winning service and customer satisfaction for property maintenance, street sweeping and pavement maintenance services.

If your looking for a well respected, professional family business to provide street sweeping or a variety of property management services, call us in central NJ at 732-886-1940 or Northern NJ at 908-730-7888.  You can grow with us…or we’ll just provide our magic with street 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.

 

 

 

Residential Street Sweeping | It’s in the Details

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Residential Street Sweeping – The Public Notices the Difference

residential street sweeping - sweeping.comThe public wants an environment which is clean and attractive. It is not just for the health benefits; a clean environment also has a positive psychological impact.

Studies have shown that people who live in clean surroundings are usually happier, more relaxed, and less stressed than those in disorganized, messy, or unhygienic environments.

This is why communities want to have their environments cleaned often. The challenge, of course, is that – though people keep their own properties clean, it is unlikely that they have the time or capacity to clean the streets in their neighborhoods. This is where residential street sweeping proves its value.

Residential Street Sweeping – The Two Benefits

Residential street sweeping not only makes the neighborhood look attractive and appealing, it also removes debris and pollutants from the environment.

This makes the environment healthy and safe – especially for children who play in the streets and people who walk their pets in or near the streets.

These benefits arise from the detail that residential street sweepers employ when cleaning a neighborhood.

Not only does residential street sweeping pick up leaves, trash, and debris; it also picks up small particulates such as grit and metals that would wash into streams, rivers, and lakes.

This interrupts the pollution cycle which causes the contamination of drinking water sources.

Residential Street Sweeping – The Process

Street sweepers employ a number of techniques which are designed to perform thorough cleaning with minimal interruption to the residents. In most cases, they begin by spraying the street with water to prevent the dust from blowing. They then use cylindrical brushes to sweep the debris onto a conveyor belt. This belt then deposits the dirt and debris into a container for proper disposal at a later time.

In a typical residential street sweeping, the sweeper operator begins by spraying the street with water to prevent dust from blowing. The sweeper then uses cylindrical brushes to sweep the debris onto a conveyor belt. This belt then deposits the dirt and debris into a container for proper disposal at a later time.

The entire exercise is carried out in a thorough and professional manner. The end result is that the entire neighborhood ends up looking clean, free of debris, and tidy.

Despite being called “street sweepers”, residential street sweeping operations typically go beyond merely sweeping streets. In many cases, they also clean gutters and public spaces like parking lots and public entries.

Here’s a brief but very accurate video of how a street sweeper operates:

Street sweeping demo – courtesy of Strathcoma County

Residential Street Sweeping – The Details of Efficiency

Residential street sweeping plays a critical role in ensuring that residential neighborhoods remain livable. Therefore, local municipalities coordinate a schedule that allows residential street sweeping professionals to accomplish their work with minimal interruptions and delays.

Residential street sweeping companies require cooperation from residents in order to ensure that their operations are smooth.

This cooperation typically involves asking residents to remove their parked cars from the streets during cleaning hours.

To ensure this, most residential street sweepers work on a schedule provided by townships and municipalities. The local authorities publish the schedules on their websites to inform the residents of the scheduled cleaning operations.

It is in the interest of every resident to keep up-to-date with the cleaning schedules within their neighborhood. This will minimize inconvenience and interruptions of both the residents and the street sweepers.

To stay up to date with the sweeping schedule for your neighborhood, check your township or city website. Resident cooperation is essential in ensuring that your environment stays clean, hygienic, and safe.

Are you looking for an experienced, knowledgeable residential street sweeping service?  Give us a call at 736-886-1940.  Well be glad to guide you in the details of coordinating, scheduling and conducting residential street sweeping.