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Earth Day? That’s Every Day For Sweeping Companies

The month of April brings to mind warmer weather and blooming plants in the landscape among other things. April is also a month of observances with importance, including Earth Day on April 22nd.

Earth Day is a very special observance in the power sweeping industry, because we are uniquely aware of the aggregate positive effect of our regular power sweeping services on the local environment.

Parking lots and other paved surfaces can accumulate all sorts of litter, trash and debris, but that is only the visible layer of a multi faceted issue. Paved surfaces can also contain acuumulate particulates, hydrocarbon chemicals such as gas and oil, and other pollutants.

Regular power sweeping helps reduce litter, debris, particles, and pollutants that would ultimately find their way into our waterways through storm drains every time it rains. This results in the overall level of litter and pollutants that are carried from local tributaries into larger waterways such as our rivers, and could eventually be carried out into our oceans.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the spring of 2020, discarded PPE has become a significant issue as well. Our sweepers now are picking up substantial numbers of masks, gloves, sanitizer wipes and other personal protective items in the parking lots we service.

In the power sweeping industry, we believe strongly that nothing but rain should go down a storm drain. For more information, contact Asphalt Commercial Property Maintenance today!

What Are Porter Services? Why Do I Need Them?

As a business owner with a business frequented by customers, you may find yourself in need of Porter Services. If you are unfamiliar with commercial services, you might find yourself asking questions like, “What are porter services, What will they do for my business, and do I really need these services?”

A good day porter company can become the silent heroes of your business. These professionals clean and support the daily mission of your business. Our day porters ensure that customers, employees, and others who visit your facility are satisfied by keeping your facility clean and in good repair. This is an invaluable service. As a business owner, your to-do list is ever growing, which is where a day porter can help. We do the work helping you cross some items off your list. A porter primarily functions as a day-time janitorial and light maintenance service, but with a few extra benefits. Some of the most common services performed by Asphalt Commercial Property Maintenance porters include:

  • Lobby maintenance
  • Restroom restocking and sanitation
  • Removing trash
  • Cleaning communal areas
  • Meeting setup/tear down
  • Litter pick-up
  • Wiping down of window sills, phone booths, trash cans, mailboxes, signs and door frames
  • Changing plastic trash can liners
  • Mopping
  • Gum removal
  • Graffiti removal
  • Landscape watering
  • Returning shopping carts to their appropriate stores
  • Spot Pressure-Washing Services
  • Window cleaning
  • Any specific service you request

The duties of a porter will depend on your facility needs. You provide a list of duties to perform each day, and a scheduled deadline to complete cleaning and maintenance tasks. Unlike a janitorial cleaning service that comes in after closing, a porter works directly alongside you, your employees, and customers, which helps you to present your facility in the best light possible. Porters can help with any task that comes up to help your business operations run more smoothly.

A day porter service can be very beneficial to any business by helping to keep your building clean, well maintained, and in good working order. If you are ready to explore the many ways your business could benefit from a day porter, contact Asphalt Commercial Property Maintenance today!

Post Run Sweep

Skilled Operators Plus Specialized Equipment Equals Better Sweeping

Street sweepers and their operators have reached a new level of sophistication and efficiency. This is primarily due to more advanced technologies and a focus on training. At Asphalt Commercial Property Maintenance, we have been hard at work continually updating our trucks, and ensuring our drivers are well trained. It is our goal to have up to date street sweeping equipment and the most skilled operators.  Our operators are prepared to confidently sweep all types of paved surfaces. Asphalt Commercial Property Maintenance offers street sweeping on-demand for emergencies. We also offer flexible contract sweeping services that are safe for the environment.

Where Are Street Sweepers Needed?

Roadways, highways, interstates, bridges, off ramps, state highways, county roads, rural roads, and municipal streets all need to be regularly swept. Commercial areas also require street sweeping. These include office parks, shopping centers, retail strip malls, medical complexes, hospitals, shopping malls, industrial parks, airports, airport runways, and construction sites. It is also worth mentioning that special events like concerts, fairs and parks might also need post-event sweeping services.

Street Sweeping Equipment is Better Than Ever

Modern sweepers are durable and purpose-built for lower operating costs and increased safety. The sweeper cabs are designed for better visibility and controls are situated for best ergonomics and comfort. The more common type are broom sweepers that spray water onto the street to loosen debris and dirt. This debris and dirt is accumulated into the sweeper bin until it can be dumped. Every hard surface needs to be swept and cleaned on regular intervals.

Operators-The Linchpin of The Operation

Asphalt Commercial Property Maintenance employs well trained and highly skilled operators who continually make safety the top priority. Our operators work with an advanced and well-maintained equipment. Our ability to priority dispatch on demand for emergency services make our services second to none in our region. We strive to ensure our driver operators are courteous, professional, and knowledgeable.

Since we were established, Asphalt Commercial Property Maintenance has been sweeping and cleaning the paved surfaces of the Raleigh-Durham Metro Area. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help.

Sweeping Away Winter Weather

It is a cold hard fact that winter can be much less than ideal. The bitter cold, sleet, snow and ice can provide a multitude of potential hazards for drivers. Asphalt CPM can help with regular sweeping services.

Plowing snow, and the application of rock salt, brine and other pre-treatment options for ice are crucial in creating safer road conditions for drivers. Unfortunately, these measures also weaken asphalt over time. As a municipal official, construction manager, property manager, or other decision maker, how do you address parking lot and street maintenance after winter weather? The answer is sweeping services. There are lots of reasons to sweep after bursts of winter weather. These include:

Durability & Longevity

Regular sweeping services ensure the long term durability, viability and longevity of paved surfaces after winter weather exacts its toll. Sweeping services can help protect the longevity of asphalt after a long winter of inclement weather. The sweepers we use spray water on the roadway to ensure particulates are swept from the road surface completely by the brushes. Don’t wait for spring to schedule sweeping services. The most effective approach to ensure pavement longevity is to proactively sweep after each and every winter event to minimize damage.

Impacts To The Environment

Sweeping leads to a longer serviceable lifespan for your pavement. But did you know that sweeping also has a positive environmental impact? Sweepers are able to remove road salt and other pollutants before they are washed into storm drains, which keeps those harmful elements out of waterways. This protects our watersheds from the negative impacts to fish and wildlife of sudden spikes in water salinity.

It Just Looks Better

Winter weather is drab and dull. When surfaces aren’t white with snow, they appear dull and grey. Cloudy skies and salt stained roads all contribute to this blah feeling. You can’t do anything to change the winter weather, but you can certainly improve the appearance of your paved surfaces post-winter weather by sweeping. Aesthetics do make a difference in how your business is perceived.

Enhanced Value

Regular sweeping will greatly enhance the appearance of a business with a parking lot. Should you decide to sell, a potential buyer is not going to want to incur the expense of repaving or repairing cracks a neglected lot. Future buyers are not going to want to budget for repaving or repair in a parking lot when they are already incurring the cost of a purchase. A regular maintenance schedule helps ensure an easier future sale.

Call or click Asphalt Commercial Property Maintenance today to learn more about how our regular pavement sweeping services could impact your paved surfaces for the better.

Winter Parking Lot Sweeping In North Carolina

Winter is not the time to do anything outdoors when you live in North Carolina. That said, parking lot sweeping in North Carolina  is something of an exception.

Here are three reasons why.

Street Sweeping Helps Improve Lot Safety

First and foremost, sweeping your lot year round improves safety conditions for you, your employees and visitors to your property. Winter storms have a definite tendency to drop branches on paved surfaces and pour down cold rain that brings oils up from the asphalt. By removing those obstructions, along with litter and and debris, your sweeping service helps keep the lot outside your commercial property clean and safe.

Distinguish Yourself From The Competition

With a clean, attractice lot, why would potential customers stay away? Actually, customers do care a great deal about appearances, as they care about ease of parking and clearly visible markings. Asphalt Commercial Property Maintenance can help with all three of these issues by clearing debris out of your driving and parking areas, pressure washing surfaces to clear away ground-in grime and old paint, and then striping your lot with fresh, reflective high-visibility markings. The effect of these actions is to create a pleasant, clean-looking space where people want to shop. This effect is magnified if you have similar competing businesses nearby with dingy, branch-strewn lots that contrast negatively with the attractive cleanliness of your own professionally maintained lot. 

Save Yourself Trouble When Spring Arrives

The essential act of parking lot sweeping is the sweeping, which powers off old dirt and grease. Frequent power washes also help address larger problems before they begin, or at least before they get worse. A pile of dropped leaves, for instance, starts out as a loose heap, but as cars and pedestrians’ feet repeatedly crush the pile, those leaves can get compacted and release their oils. In the rain, this tannin seeps into the cracks in the pavement and speeds the process of erosion on the asphalt or concrete. Just as letting cobwebs accumulate on your building’s exterior causes a faster accumulation of grime and dirt, so letting waste pile up in your lot during the winter months makes it harder to sweep away in spring.

Winter is not the best time to go outdoors- and it may not feel like the right time to do any kind of cleaning or maintenance to your property. Waste and potential safety hazards are still accumulating all winter long, however, and some types of debris pile up faster in the cold and rainy months than at any other time. To learn more about what a professional parking lot sweeping and commercial cleaning in winter can do to help your commercial property, contact Asphalt Commercial Property Maintenance for a phone consultation with our trained staff today.