Slow and steady

Easily the most common mistake made by novice sweepers is thinking that moving faster is equal to effective sweeping. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact of the matter is that you will be more efficient and therein more effective when you sweep at the recommended sweeping speed and when necessary slower. Doing so allows the machine to work it’s magic and reduces the number of re-passes that have to be made. Becoming proficient at these practices allows a sweeper to cover more ground and finish in a timely manner.

When it comes to our sweeping practices , slow and steady means we deliver optimal results while meeting project deadline requirements in the safest manner.

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Stand Out and Shine in the Dreary Seasons

Autumn can be one of the most beautiful times of the year.  The leaves on the trees turn beautiful, lustrous hues of bright and fiery tones and the weather begins to turn crisp and fresh.  However, this turning of the season is only a temporary one, unfortunately.  Shortly after the beautiful turning of the leaves and the fresh crisp of the air, the leaves fall to the ground leaving the trees grim and bare and the crip and fresh air becomes cold and bitter as fall all too quickly becomes winter.  As the early beauty of autumn quickly dims to rainy days and grey, dreary and foggy days that become the bleak end of fall and depressing days of winter, it is the most important time of the year to insure that your business and parking structures and parking lots are looking their absolute best!  Having a pristine, well-kept and freshly seal coated asphalt service at your business locations will make sure that your patrons notice that you care about the service you provide to them year-round.  It will also help you gain new patrons by helping you stand out from the crowd in the sea of grey and dismal by literally popping out and catching the eye of new business prospects.  By having your facilities updated during this time of year and by keeping up with, or implementing a regular sweeping maintenance plan now, you will make certain your business doesn’t get lost in the piles of leaves and murk of the depressing cast of grey that falls over the cities during this time of year.  Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. and our sister company, Atlanta Sealcoating, Inc. can help you put into action a plan right now either a professional sweeping maintenance program, or a professional sealcoating and restriping project for your parking area–or both!  Both of our companies are here to serve you and your needs 365 days a year 24/7.  Whether you need us for scheduled routine maintenance, on-call work, or a special project such as having your asphalt area crack filled and sealcoated to maintain its integrity and prolong its longevity and help it stand out among the crowd of dilapidated and dirty lots around it, Watt Commercial and Atlanta Sealcoating has you covered 100% of the time for all of your need all year long!  Call us today to get more information for exactly what we can do to help you stand out from your competitors and set up an appointment for an on site assessment with one of our highly trained pros today!

Size Matters

In the days of years gone by, when someone would say that size matters in referring to the size of a city, township, or municipality and their need for a professional and routine street sweeping service, one would quickly think that regular professional street sweeping services were exclusively for large or major cities.  One would easily think that only big cities would need professional street sweeping services on a regular basis, and that the bigger cities would be the only cities that would be able to afford the professional services of a street sweeping service provider, such as Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc.  However, in today’s professional sweeping market and with the way that all sizes of cities, towns, and municipalities face demanding and extremely restrictive tight environmental restrictions enforced by the Federal Government, the issue now is that no governance, no matter how big, nor how little, can truly afford to NOT have a regular profession sweeping action plan in place.  Especially this time of year, a sweeping maintenance plan for all cities, towns and municipalities truly is essential.  Leaves that fall during the Autumn months truly are a constant threat to any city or town’s storm drainage and run-off system and can easily clog sewer drains and rain and storm run-off drainage areas, which threaten local drinking water sources and therefore threaten the local environment and can easily cost the local government quite a lot of money in fines from the EPA and other Federal agencies.  In a lot of ways, bigger cities may actually be able to afford these fines and penalties they may face by NOT having regularly scheduled sweeping maintenance because they work with larger budgets and larger emergency and discretionary budgets, whereas smaller townships and municipalities have much smaller and much more limited budgets.  Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc.  has worked with cities and municipalities of all sizes for many years.  We can easily help put into place a professional sweeping maintenance plan that is well-suited for your city or town that will help keep your area looking its best, and most importantly, keep your town operating its best.  Having a clean and environmentally friendly town is the most important and responsible act that any city can do these days and Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. can help you be responsible, save on costly environmental fines, look your very best, and stay within your budget for the year.  Call us today for more information on how we can help you with all of these things and more, or for an on-site assessment today!  Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc.  is the premiere choice in the Atlanta area for all cities and municipalities for all of their professional sweeping needs–regularly scheduled maintenance, special events clean-up and even emergency or unscheduled on-call needs.  No matter how big or small your city or town may be, Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc.  covers it all!

Sweeping is Essential during Construction and Development Phases–Protect your Investment from the Beginning!

It might seem that working a regularly schedule professional sweeping program into your business isn’t needed until your business is finally opened and in operation, but that’s not the truth.  During the construction and development phases of any business type, regular professional sweeping services are definitely beneficial to your timeline, bottomline and your budget.  Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. has the experience to ensure that your business is properly swept during your development, construction and operational phases.

Why do you need to have your construction site swept?  It may seem silly to you that a site that is in the midst of construction would need to be swept regularly because it’s just going to get dirty again as construction continues, right?  Well, it is because it will keep getting dirty that regular professional sweeping is actually beneficial during the construction phase of your business or development.  Jobsite safety and environmental regulation compliance are directly related to your site’s cleanliness. Regular sweeping will help to reduce liability from loose rocks and debris from your site littering the streets and also help to control dust problems that can create poor road and environmental conditions.  Today’s competitive business climate means tighter construction schedules and  tighter budgets that cannot afford to be exceeded. Time and money spent on cleanup during your construction phase will directly affect the performance of your crews, aiding their ability to be able to do their jobs most effectively, and regular construction sweeping done by Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. can help you to stay on schedule and to also avoid any possible fines that could arise from dust polluting the air and any dust and construction debris causing dangers to drinking water sources by way of run-off.

Waiting until the last phase of your construction has several drawbacks.  It will cost you more in labor hours and time to have your crew prepare an overly dusty and dirty construction site in order for it to be swept.  The accumulation of weeks or months of construction debris will have to be removed slowly and over a longer amount of time in order to properly prepare your development for opening day without causing dangerous airborne pollution from stirring up the acclimated dust from your site.  Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. has the experience and equipment necessary to keep your construction site well-maintained from the beginning phases right up until opening day.  We will help you maintain your budget and your timeline all while reducing the liability of on-site related injuries and costly environmental fines.

Don’t wait until your business is open and operational to begin a professional sweeping program.  Call Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. today so that we can help your business from the construction phase all the way through opening day and beyond!

Below inches of compacted dust lies the asphalt you spent so much of your time  and budget having laid.

Inches of compacted dust cover the asphalt you spent so much of your time and budget having laid.

Dirty, Dusty Water Run-off Leads to Hefty Fines

When your construction site is not regularly swept, dangerous, harmful, dusty, dirty water run-off puts you at risk of costly fines and the drinking water of the community around your business at risk of contamination.

When your construction site is not regularly swept, dangerous, harmful, dusty, dirty water run-off puts you at risk of costly fines and the drinking water of the community around your business at risk of contamination.

Keeping your construction site clean and professional swept on a regular basis leads to cleaner water run-off, less negative impact on the environment and the surrounding community and also keeps the chances of on-site injuries lower.

Keeping your construction site clean and professional swept on a regular basis leads to cleaner water run-off, less negative impact on the environment and the surrounding community and also keeps the chances of on-site injuries lower.

Don’t wait until your construction is finished to implement regular professional sweeping services.  Regular sweeping done by Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. throughout your site’s construction can help you in a number of positive ways!  Call us today to get started on your construction sweeping plan today!

Stormwater Runoff and Your Drinking Water

It may seem that keeping a clean lot is just done to “pretty” your business and make it look good, but that is not the case.  It is essential to have your business regularly cleaned in order to help your business to not negatively and harmfully effect the drinking water sources surrounding your business.  The AJC, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, just broke open a case of extreme EPA violations.  If you don’t understand yet the importance of having your business regularly swept, read the AJC story that reports of maggots, blood and large chicken storm water run-off!  You may just realize that sweeping your lot regularly should not be seen as optional and you should without any doubt work in a lot sweeping program from Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. into your budget!

A water tank touts Gainesville as the poultry capital of the world. Nearby Lake Lanier provides drinking water to metro Atlanta. Two of the state’s largest chicken processors are located along a creek that feeds into the lake. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

A water tank touts Gainesville as the poultry capital of the world. Nearby Lake Lanier provides drinking water to metro Atlanta.
Two of the state’s largest chicken processors are located along a creek that feeds into the lake.
CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

EPA Finds Multiple Clean Water Act Violations

Georgia’s Drinking Water

AJC Video on Clean Water Violations

You Can’t Just Sweep It Under the Rug!

Spring is a time of renewal; a time of growth.  Spring cleaning gives your business the renewal and new growth that it needs.  One of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to give your business a “face lift” for spring is to ensure your parking lots and parking structures are cleaned by a professional, experienced and reliable sweeping company such as Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc.  The Spring months are also the best time to have your parking lot assessed and inspected for any needed asphalt repairs, potholes that need patched, cracks that need to be filled, and an application of fresh sealcoating to your asphalt surfaces.  Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. can take care of all of those needs for your business.  Our sister company, Atlanta Sealcoating can easily come evaluate your property and give you the best advice on how to keep your parking areas in their best condition.  Repairing your asphalt is by far less expensive than replacing your asphalt and Atlanta Sealcoating can help you extend the life of your current lots by making all necessary repairs and then finish off your lot by making it look brand new with new sealcoating.  After sealcoating, Atlanta Sealcoating can also re-stripe your parking lot, ensuring that each space is clearly marked and that each space meets the legally set standards for size and type of spaces.  After your parking lot has received its fresh face, Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. will gladly help you develop a professional sweeping schedule for your property that will fit both your needs and your budget, not just for the spring, but year-round.  Call us today for your business to lavish in its own renewal and growth of the new Spring season!

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!

Keeping Clean Storm-water Runoff

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, also known as EISA, requires federal agencies to maintain or restore a site’s pre-development hydrology when projects impact more than 5,000 square feet of a site. (Section 438 of EISA)

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In more Lehman’s terms this means the EPA is looking to ensure that new construction and major renovation sites do their part to ensure that storm water runoff is clean when passing through these projects.  The EPA offers a list of practices to keep clean water running, here, but these are not the end all, be all for solutions.  Maintaining a clean site is very important when keeping these practices and sweeping is one way to make certain that any water coming through the site is as clean as possible. The idea that the water will be 100% filtered and clean is an impossible one when you consider all of your construction equipment and traffic, however once your initial lift and sewer are in place, adding a sweeping service will lower the contaminants (measured in PPMs) in the runoff. A suggested method is to reduce or eliminate the presence of curbs. The idea there is that absence of curbs allows the water to run through the property quicker and without restraints, but that’s inevitable when the projects calls for sidewalks and parking dividers/islands.  Another example for best management practices (BMPs) is to install pervious asphalt, concrete and walkways that allow the water to seep through and into the ground versus through the site and into sewers; this to a good idea, until the dirt accumulation is so tight the water runs past it.

How does sweeping help? Glad you asked! Only sweeping litter might help your quality test numbers but will still leave unacceptable levels of contamination. Sweeping with the right equipment and having operators that know what they are sweeping for is the key to improving the cleanliness of the runoff water.

  • Not all sweeping units will make the cut; to really eliminate the fine particles you need the following;
    • A regenerative air unit. A sweeper that use forced induction AND vacuum
    • A sweeping unit the is regularly cleaned and maintained with new suction hoses, access point seals and sweeping curtains
  • A company with a diverse fleet is ideal; having only one type of sweeping unit will limit performance. Although you will need a regenerative air sweeper to eliminate the finer particles, sometimes, especially in new developments, the amount of dirt, gravel and mud becomes too much for even the bigger air sweepers.  In this case you need a fleet that can provide a larger scale brush sweeper which would then be followed by an air sweeper. Having only one or the other will leave some jobs only half complete. It is more convenient to have the all in one instead of having to hire two types of sweeping companies.
  •  You need sweeper operator that is aware, experienced and knowledgeable in the BMP field. You may think all driver’s are the same, FALSE. A driver with little to no experience will simply drive around until it “looks clean” then leave and with his premature departure he leaves behind the fine particulates that will elevate contamination results. Implementing suggestions such as sewer inlet filtration and pervious grounds are great when combined with an experienced sweeper who will make sure those areas are closely monitored and frequently cleaned. Having a driver that can identify these areas, alone, is a plus. These areas require additional equipment; gutter brooms for the curb-lines and sewer inlets, shovels and good old elbow grease.
  • Talk is great but you also need a company that has verifiable references, documentation and experience. The reality is that anyone can provide a reference number to call, but a trustworthy company  will be able to provide more than just the contact number, examples;
    • Valid business license. Anyone can buy a sweeper, however that does not make them a legitimate and experienced sweeping company
    • High rated (verifiable) insurance. Most major projects will require a minimum one million+ in coverage
    • Longevity. You don’t want to trust the results of your State mandated audits for quality to a start-up company
    • Experience in the field. References to verifiable names in the contractor markets. ‘Joe Builders’ normally don’t meet the qualities of a reputable reference. Your choice should have experience with reputable companies that have used their services and attest that their ‘numbers’ have improved and/or not faltered

These are only some of the things you should consider when tasked with providing a clean working environment and ensuring that the runoff coming through your property is not contaminating your surrounding grounds and local sewer systems. To speak with someone regarding this type of service and/or if you know what you need and the above description fits the mold , we’re the company for you! Contact us Today!