Sweeping services are an important part of a facilities maintenance plan in that they remove debris from your parking lot. Hiring a sweeping service can eliminate the need to hire additional staff and ensure your parking lot is kept clean and in good repair. Doing so not only extends the life of your asphalt pavement. It also provides long-term benefits to your facilities maintenance program – for instance, a sweeping service can alert you to asphalt cracks, pothole repairs that are needed, and other maintenance issues before they become a huge problem.
Why Sweep Your Parking Lot?
There are many reasons to sweep a commercial parking lot:
Appearance - The appearance of your facility has a direct impact on the behavior of the visitors to your business. Not only does parking lot sweeping help maintain a clean image and attract new customers, it also encourages visitors not to be untidy themselves.
Safety - Debris like broken glass, paper, leaves and other lawn waste accumulate in a parking lot over just a few days. Not only does this type of debris create an unsightly appearance, but it can also pose a safety hazard to pedestrians and their vehicles.
Environmental Concerns - State-of-the-art parking lot sweeping machines help remove unsightly trash, and clean up sand, dirt, rocks and other items. If left untouched, this manmade and natural trash causes a series of problems for not only a commercial property, but also the environment.
In a facility parking area, when it rains -- and in Florida, it rains a lot, as the rain water runs-off it will pick up these items causing drains to clog. This can allow water to sit on your asphalt, cause erosion issues and, additionally, these items, along with oil and grease can cause pollution of our streams and lakes.
What Areas Should Be Swept?
Any surface where dirt and debris collect in your facility’s parking lot can be swept. These areas include, but are not limited to:
• Parking Lots
• Loading Docks
• Dumpster Enclosures
Tip: A commercial sweeping company should spend more than half of their time out of the sweeping machine to hand pick trash or hand sweep any hard to reach areas. This added measure will assure that your parking lot is in top notch shape.
In conclusion, remember that regular parking lot sweeping is an important part of your parking lot maintenance program. It:
• Maximizes Curb Appeal
• Extends Life of Asphalt Pavement and
• Minimizes Runoff Pollutants.
You will definitely see that taking the time to schedule a little parking lot maintenance, like sweeping services, goes a long way!
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