Winter Weather Wearing Away Your Parking Surfaces?

Georgia is once again experiencing one of our miserable cold weather changes.  Each year around this time it seems our state comes to some sort of a standstill due to inclement weather.  Although we are not hit with inches and inches of snow, such as other areas, we are often the target of icy and freezing road conditions.  Did you know that asphalt stays pliable for 20 years?  For 20 years asphalt on our streets, highways and in your parking lots and parking structures stays pliable.  What does this mean?  It means that in order for you to prolong the lifespan of your asphalt surfaces, special care and maintenance must be taken.  As the asphalt that is in your parking lots and parking structures naturally settle and shift, tiny cracks begin to form.  What these cracks do is make your lot a target for dust, dirt, debris and worst of all water damage.  Water slowly infiltrates the cracks that are made in your parking lot surfaces and as the water seeps deeper and deeper into these once tiny cracks, they widen the cracks and make the underlayment and foundation of your asphalt at risk for complete destruction.  When we Georgians experience these icy conditions, it often causes great contractions and expansions in your asphalt surfaces, which then leads to cracking.  As the ice melts, water infiltration can occur at a rapidly alarming rate, creating cracks.  These cracks then are likely to spread and can cause potholes and an unsightly parking surface for your property.

It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that maintaining your parking surfaces is a lot more affordable than replacing it.  In order to stop the progression of erosion that infiltrating water can cause to your parking lots, you need to invest in a reliable crack filling service.  Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. and Atlanta Sealcoating is THE place for one stop shopping for your lot maintenance, as well as your necessary patching, crack filling and seal coating.  We will help you keep your lots immaculately clean with routine sweeping throughout the year and then after the winter weather has left behind its inevitable cracks and damage to your surface, we are here to help fill the cracks and then keep your surfaces looking like new with a proper sealcoating.  Just like the health of your teeth relies on regular dentist visits, brushing, and flossing; so does the maintenance of your parking surfaces and parking structures.  Let the experts at Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. help keep your lots as clean as they possibly can be and then allow Atlanta Sealcoating to perform an assessment of the cracks that your lot may need to have filled and then let us get your property looking like new again with a fresh sealcoating and re-striping.  Don’t just let the maintenance of your parking lot go to the wayside.  Maintaining and prolonging the life of your lot is crucial to keeping your customers feeling safe and happy when they visit your business and it keeps you from having to spend tens of thousands of dollars to repair a lot that could have been maintained and kept its best with a regular maintenance plan from Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc.

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Not Just Dust–FUGITIVE DUST!

Ok, so I’ve talked to you already about dust, but it’s such an important topic, that I really want to drive home the harmful effects and exactly what kind of dust we are dealing with here.  Dust itself is a particulate matter that occurs naturally.  It comes primarily from soil.  However, the more dangerous type of dust, known as Fugitive Dust is a dust that gets suspended in the air by human activities.  This fugitive dust is the dust that contains the harmful products such as pollen, dangerous spores, tire remnants and car dusts.  The fugitive dust is the dust that is most harmful to us and to our environment.  Did you know that fugitive dust is in the air we breathe?  Sure, it’s dust, we breathe it, but do you know that fugitive dust contains things such as disease spores, asbestos, heavy metals and silica particles?  This fugitive dust is also the dust that is responsible for lower visibility rates when driving.  Think of LA and the smog.  It’s kind of like that-the dust storms that can stir up because of fugitive dust can lead to major traffic accidents on our roadways.  If all of those threats weren’t bad enough, fugitive dust also erodes the healthy soil that we need in order to grow healthy plants and vegetables for us to eat.  So, let’s have a small overview:  fugitive dust makes it harder for me to see when I’m driving, so I’m more likely to be in a possibly fatal car accident, fugitive dust makes me breathe in things like asbestos and disease spores, which put my lungs and life in danger and on top of all of that, fugitive dust is threatening the crops and the health of the fruits and vegetables that the crops yield?  So, this fugitive dust is dangerous for my sight, my breathing, my driving and my eating?  Yep, that’s right.  Fugitive dust is more than just a nuisance–it’s a real danger and a serious threat to all of us.

So, now that you hopefully have a better understanding of the dangers of this fugitive dust, I can help to give you ways of how you and your business can help us to alleviate this dangerous problem.  The best way is for you to have an active Fugitive Dust Prevention Plan in action for your business.  I know that may seem like a lot of work, but it really is quite simple, especially if you contact Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc.  who can actually work with you to design a specific Fugitive Dust Prevention Plan that will not only work for your business, but show you care about the environment.  Regardless of the type of parking structure that your business has, be it single level, a parking deck, or even an underground parking facility, the best way to make your facilities as safe as possible for your patrons and to reduce your long-term maintenance costs down is with routine sweeping practices.

Choosing the right sweeping and parking maintenance company is key to truly help with fugitive dust.  Improper or ill-maintained sweeping equipment will actually not help clean up the micro particles of fugitive dust, but will spread them, dirty vehicles in your lot and recycle the particles into the air for people to breathe.  The appearance of your parking lots and structures is obviously going to be one of your main concerns when hiring a professional sweeping company, but appearances are only one tiny part of what goes into true lot maintenance and cleaning.  The most benefit you will see in the long run of using a sweeping service with the proper experience and equipment, such as Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc., is the economic benefits for your company.  It may seem like since you are paying upfront for sweeping services that you are adding money to your budget, but it is quite the opposite.  Proper routine sweeping helps to keep your parking surfaces and parking structures more sound and help them last longer and keep them looking their best for a longer amount of time.  The abrasive particles that are left on your parking surfaces without a Fugitive Dust Prevention Plan will slowly cause cracks in your surfaces.  The cracks are made worse and deeper and more dangerous by the infiltration of water that is let in and then your parking surface not only will create more dust from the damage, but the damage will lead to extremely costly repairs for your business.  Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. has the proper training and equipment to not just add to the problem of fugitive dust, but to help your business reduce its dangerous effects on the environment with our state of the art, dust controlled and highly efficient dust filtration sweeping trucks.  For Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc.  it isn’t just about getting the job done.  It’s about getting the job done right.  Call us today and let us show you the Watt difference and exactly how it can help you, your business, your employees, your patrons and even the environment!

AAAH CHOO! You’ve Got a Dust Problem! We’re the Solution!

We all know that when there is dust in the air, we are all at risk of becoming victim to itchy, watery, red eyes, sneezing and other allergy related problems.  Did you know that proper business practices can help control the dust and help to improve the quality of the air for all of us?  The best way for businesses to control the amount of dust that is on their property is to properly maintain their parking lots and other parking areas.  Just think about it–cars stir up all kinds of dust and debris.  They pick up garbage off of the streets and redeposit those wastes and dust particles from their tires and undercarriages at every place they visit.  The parking lots of a business are like giant dust dumps where vehicles come and rest and all of the dust and dirt and other debris they’ve picked up along their journeys settle in the parking lot.  So, what is a business to do to make sure that their parking areas aren’t giant allergy triggering dust bowls?  Businesses need the professional services of a properly trained and experienced parking lost sweeping company like Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc.  Watt knows exactly what to do to help fight the dangers of dust right where they lie–in the parking lots and parking areas of all businesses.  Our dedication to proper lot maintenance is backed by our more than 20 years experience in perfecting the exact techniques needed to rid parking lots, parking decks and parking garages of the dangerous dust.

So what?  It’s just dust, right?  What’s the big deal?  Well, since you asked I’ll tell you exactly what the big deal with dust is!  Did you know that the EPA, you know the Environmental Protection Agency, actually reports that dust is the MAIN cause of ALL air pollution.  All air pollution is mainly caused by dust–that’s a big deal!  Dust, as reported by the EPA is carried by the wind and in their report, the EPA also specifically mentions the fact that major amounts of dust come from the activity in parking lots.  That’s right, the EPA specifically targets parking lot activity as a major hub and cause for dust!  Again, it’s just dust, right? I mean we all hate dusting at home and put it off until the last minute because really it doesn’t seem like a major chore.  It’s not like if we don’t take the garbage out of our house.  That would be obvious–eeeew, the smell!  But dust, I mean if you can’t really see it, it can be put off for another day, right?  WRONG!  The amounts of dust that parking lots cause have a bigger impact than you may realize.  It’s not just like a collection of dust bunnies on a book shelf.  Parking lot dust causes same major problems.  I’m talking major health problems!  Aside from the drippy noses, watery, dry, itchy, red eyes, dust causes serious issues with our respiratory systems.  I’m talking coughing, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, irritation in our respiratory tracts that can lead to serious issues like bronchitis.  Dust can even severely irritate our throats and worst of all, if you happen to be one of the millions of people who suffer from asthma or emphysema, just know that dust puts you at a substantially higher risk of increased instability and severity in your conditions.

Dust is a small thing, but it has some BIG effects for all of us.  It is important that businesses make sure to take the time to hire a professional parking lot team to ensure their lots are less of a threat on the environment and on the health of everyone.  Hiring any sweeping service isn’t the right way to do things either.  Ineffective and improper parking lot services actually don’t help with the dust problem and can cause the dust to be stirred up and distributed throughout the parking lot and throughout the air even more than it was before.  It is imperative that when hiring a parking lot sweeping service, you take the time to hire a reputable and responsible company that has the know-how and proper equipment to get the job done right.  Don’t pay someone for service that is only going to contribute more to the overall problem of our air quality.  Hire someone who knows how to do the job the right way with the right equipment and the experience needed to help protect the environment and the health of the public–plus it helps that they can make your business look its absolute best and be its absolute cleanest at the same time.  Your choices as a business matter for all of our health and your choice in who you trust to clean your lots matters.  Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc.  cares and we have the experience to meet your needs, keep the environment healthier and show your customers just how much you really do care about their experience with your business, even beginning in the parking lot.

The Watt Difference

While it may seem obvious that your parking areas require the attention of a professional sweeping team, and it may also seem obvious that an in-house team is an over the top expense for pretty much any business, it is imperative that you realize that all sweeping professionals are not the same and some sweeping companies aren’t quite “professional” when it comes to taking care of your sweeping needs.  Watt, however is the company that sets itself apart from the pack.  We are the premier choice for Atlanta when it comes to contracting an experienced and professional sweeping team for your business.  Don’t be fooled by the other guys!  Let us tell you why we are the best!

With more than 20 years in the professional sweeping business, Watt knows what it takes to help your business in the best ways possible.  We understand and respect the value of your parking areas and we know the key role their maintenance is to keeping your business thriving and we will only maintain your property to the highest standards possible.  We are experienced and skilled operators of specialized, state of the art equipment that we use to maintain your parking areas.  Each client has special needs and each property is different–Watt knows that and we special tailor our services to your needs and around your schedule–not the other way around, trying to make you fit our limitations and our hours.  Our service is all about the client and their needs.  From the very beginning Watt and our trained and knowledgable staff will be here to serve you and answer any questions you may have about the services you will receive before your initial sweep.  Watt is a locally owned and operated business.  We know the ins and outs of Georgia, its weather and the effects the environment has on different types of lots throughout the year.  We will assess your particular establishment and make sure that as the seasons and your property’s service needs change that we keep you up to date on these changes and make the necessary adjustment to your service with you, the client.  Watt knows that not all businesses will need the same cookie cutter sweeping services and we make sure that your particular business is maintained with the proper service and equipment for those needs.  Watt will make sure that your expectations are consistently met.  Each of our team members know step-by-step what is to be done and what is expected at each and every location on our routes.  There  will never be inconsistencies in service because each member of our team knows every property specifically, whether it is their regular assignment or not.  We know that life happens and that at anytime we may need to have one of our trained sweepers fill in for another one of our team members and we make sure that each employee knows each property to ensure quality and consistency expectations are always met.  With knowing that life can sometimes throw in an unexpected curve ball, Watt also always makes sure that every vehicle in our fleet receives daily maintenance to ensure not only to have all equipment ready and in its best shape, but also to have a backup in place, just in case.  With our fleet always at the ready, Watt can also be ready for your unexpected needs.  Day or night; routine and even emergency and on-call services.  Watt can do it all and all when you need it!  Watt’s fleet is all enhanced with GPS monitoring, assuring performance and efficiency at each and every location.  Watt is the only choice you should make when it comes to your parking areas sweeping needs because your business cannot afford to settle for less than the best and Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. is absolutely the best!

Hot/Steam Power Wash

An existing customers was in need some detail washing before installing charging stations for electric vehicles on a concrete pad.

This job was a simple pressure/power wash but to ensure detailed cleaning and the removal of everything on the concrete’s surface, we used an industrial hot power washer. At 250 degrees everything on the top layer of concrete gave way to the pressure and steam.

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Big mess, no time? No Problem!

Have a property in desperate need of a cleaning? Suddenly have a prospective buyer or tenant but no time or means to clean up the place? No problem. Give us a call today for same day on call service!

This existing customer was in a similar situation with a loading dock areas in need of cleaning under time constraints. The catch here was that there was a sizable mess and no where on site to dispose of it. Instead of taking it on themselves, they called us for immediate service.

The job required a sweeping unit, a dump truck and the experience our guys possess to get it cleaned right.

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We have multiple payment options and service around the clock with no added charges. Your satisfaction is only a phone call away.

 

 

 

Dirty Curbs? Clean ’em up!

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Your regular sweepers or landscapers can’t handle the extra mess? Only blowing grass clippings? Only sweeping litter? Don’t want to write-up another contract or cut existing relationships with current vendors?

No worries! We offer on call and one time services. We can tackle those curbs lines and more!

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We can take care of those nuisance areas that your regular cleaning and maintenance vendors won’t take on.

Dirty curb lines, deteriorating ramps or concrete pads, and other unsightly areas consistently being overlooked or ignored are not problems you have to deal with regularly. We can schedule most on call services within the same week, if not day. In most cases we can have a sweeping unit and personnel on site within two hours of your call and for your accounting convenience we accept all major credit cards. These options allow you to get out of a bind and have your property sparkling before that executive or prospective tenant walk through without the need or hassle of the bidding process.

For a free estimate on on-call service or regular routine service, contact us today!

Construction Zone

In the heart of an Atlanta suburb there is a development, an eat-sleep-play kind of property. Residential homes side by side with retail and entertainment establishments on sprawling acres and getting ready for life and activities. This property is in it’s final phase of development and is ramping up towards opening day.

Before the place jumps and jives there is constant movement behind the scenes to bring the property to the opening day readiness; completion of the buildings, staging, landscaping and more. Collectively these needs create an unsightly and hazardous work environment. On this job the need was to sweep the property and remove the dirt tracked throughout, nails, screws and a plethora of unidentifiable construction debris.

A blower moves matter into the sweeper’s path and out of confined spaces. We used a broom truck equipped with a 96″ magnet bar to remove the metal and heavy debris. Lastly, we also used a regen-air truck for the parking decks and to polish the lots off. Together with help of the water trucks to flush the asphalt, the property is rid of foreign objects and is one step closer to opening day.

The video below highlights some of the work;

If you have a need for construction sweeping, call or email us today for a free estimate.

Construction Sweeping [Photos]

We’ve been working with a major construction and development company that is building the new headquarters for one of the world’s top automobile makers. The new campus is at the old GM plant south of Atlanta, adjacent to  Hartsfield-Jackson International. This campus will be home to many of the corporate executives and will also have a test track and off-road type obstacle course. Our task at this site is to maintain the parking garage but as they prepare to finish the test track area they requested our services with this project.

For this work we brought out the mechanical, or brush, truck. As seen on the before pictures, the asphalt had an abnormal amount of dirt as a result of the hill eroding over it after rain showers. The area was roughly a football field and a half long and maybe half wide, with areas of up to 3″ of piled dirt.

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After methodically sweeping the parking lot and removing the wash down and build up, we brought over an air truck to fine tune and polish off the area. As seen below in the after picture, the only thing left on the asphalt are the infamous stains of the Georgia red clay. At this point the project manager would have the asphalt washed down, a service we also offer, but because this work was in preparation for the final lift (layer) of asphalt there was no need.

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The completed work is a large area freed of a high volume of dirt and left ready for the asphalt crews to come in and make the test track ready for testing some very luxurious and fast cars! For construction sweeping or any other similar clean up services, call us!