The overall condition of your parking lots may have a larger impact on your business than you realize. If your parking lots and parking areas are left unswept and ill-maintained, they can easily become hazardous to the safety and even to the health of your patrons.
Solid particles from any vehicle’s smoke emissions settle on parking surfaces. Many of these particulates contain toxic substances. These tiny toxic particles can easily make their way into any person’s nose or mouth when they breathe, which means these toxins also go into their lungs, which can then effect their respiratory system and respiratory health. Along with vehicle emissions, accumulations of engine oil, brake fluid and dust, and other vehicle drips are other proven irritants that are dangerous for patrons, employees, and people in the area of your business.
Another highly hazardous occurrence is rainwater runoff. The runoff, particularly after a heavy rain or during a rainy period, contains sediments that are known to contain extremely toxic substances. The highly dangerous toxins easily make their way into natural waterways and eventually even into our drinking water supply–all by way of rainwater runoff.
The way to ensure that your property does not pose a substantially dangerous risk is to have your parking lots and parking structures properly and routinely swept by an experienced and knowledgable commercial sweeping service, such as Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. Do our sweeping services make your parking lots look immaculate and appealing to customers? Absolutely! More importantly, our professional sweeping services decrease the accumulation of dangerous environmental hazards. Respecting the environment and reducing any negative impact on the health of patrons is a responsible business practice.
Another impact your unswept parking areas has on your business is one that is often overlooked. It may seem obvious that large debris, garbage and litter pose a risk of slips, trips, falls and other related injuries, but the not-so-obvious culprit to many of these accidents is what you can’t see: dirt, sand and dust. These tiny particles of debris are quite abrasive. When your parking areas are not receiving proper professional sweeping, these abrasive particles build up and wear away your parking surfaces, creating cracks and breaks and overall structural damage to your parking areas. This damage turns your parking lot into a tricky and hard to maneuver terrain for your patrons to navigate. The potential risk of tripping and falling, resulting in serious injuries greatly increases with the deterioration of your parking surfaces. With injuries come the very costly litigation and liability and lawsuits that businesses dread and seek only to avoid.
While hiring a professional sweeping service like Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. may seem like an unnecessary overhead expense to your business, it is actually one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to help any business protect your customers, the environment and your business’ costly liability insurance premiums, and therefore helps your bottom line, helping to secure your company’s professionalism and long-term success.