Permeable Paving

It is estimated that the United States has approximately 61,000 square miles of paved roads and parking lots.  With such an astounding number of paved areas, it only makes sense that there is going to be a substantial impact made on the environment by these areas.  It also makes sense that with such a great amount of our nation’s surface area devoted to paving, that we work diligently to find and implement more sustainable and less negatively impactful techniques and materials to use for paving.  One such thing that is being used more and more is permeable paving, sometimes also called permeable pavers.  Permeable paving, in short, is the use of specialized techniques or materials that allow for on-site filtration of stormwater through the surface of paved areas.  Permeable paving allows for large particulate debris, sediment and heavy metals to be trapped on the surface or in the substrata layers of the paving materials, leaving a the filtered water to flow through the soil and subsequent layers below the pavement and to replenish our groundwater supply.  The groundwater supply level is essential to our drinking water supply, as well as to impede further stream erosion and to also help replenish our surface water levels–the level of the streams, creeks, lakes, rivers, and oceans.  The benefits of permeable paving over traditional, non-permeable paving are qualitatively greater.  In urban areas the use of permeable paving has even shown an increase in tree coverage due to the fact that the substructure of permeable paving allows for tree roots to have enough room to grow to their full size.

With the benefits to the environment being so profound with the use of permeable paving, it has become more and more the go-to method for many local governments and business owners to use in new paving projects, as well as in the reconstruction and replacement of existing paved areas.  While the benefits of permeable paving are exponentially better than other paving methods for a great deal of projects, the key to maintaining the benefits is to make certain that proper care and maintenance is given to your permeable paving.  We at Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. have made it a priority to stay up-to-date on new and innovative paving methods and how to properly clean and maintain them.  Watt Commercial makes certain that we effectively and properly clean permeable pavement so that its functionality, as well as its aesthetic appearance and overall integrity are maintained.  Teamed with our experience and commitment to customer satisfaction and customer service, Watt Commercial uses our constantly growing knowledge to help business owners, municipalities, cites, towns and counties respect our environment with the best and most proper ways to care for your paved parking lots, decks, roads and paths. Please call us today for more information and for an on-site personalized inspection and consultation.  With Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. you can rest assured that your paved areas are in the most experienced hands in the commercial sweeping industry–no matter what materials you have in place.

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What’s In Your Budget?

Autumn leaves are a beautiful and picturesque sight.  However, they can pose a dangerous and often unforeseen risk.  Not often do we look at beautiful fall foliage and think of dangerous slip and fall accidents, but as a responsible business owner, it becomes essential to consider all potential risks to our patrons and employees.  Slippery fall leaves are one of those risks to you, your business, employees and patrons.  Autumn leaves, especially those left for long time periods on your property, accumulating in your parking areas, become soaked in the drenching autumn rains.  The rain causes the unmoved, unkempt leaves to become extremely wet, heavy and slippery.  Wet, slippery leaves on the ground pose as much of a dangerous hazard as ice on the ground does.  Leaves that are in your business’s parking lots and parking areas are often carried inside your business by foot traffic in and out of your business, where the fall risk is now not only outside, but inside your business as well.  Business owners and property owners are responsible for keeping patrons and employees safe and protected from injury and accidents–including those which can be caused by fallen leaves in an unkept parking lot or those that have been tracked into the entry way, or other areas of your establishment.  The CDC has found that one out of every five falls causes a serious injury, including broken bones or even head injuries.  Businesses are already susceptible to slip and fall litigation and need to insure they take extra preventative initiatives to not end up entangled in a costly litigation situation.

Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. is an experience, professional sweeping company that can help your business develop a sweeping maintenance plan to fit your specific needs.  When thinking about your budget and your bottom line, a regular sweeping maintenance plan is NOT an item you can afford to cut from the budget.  Proper parking area sweeping helps to not only keep your property aesthetically pleasing, which can lead to more patrons, and therefore more business and possibly more money for your business, but a regular sweeping program helps to protect your business from costly litigation costs and possible settlement payouts and increased insurance premiums as well.

Call Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. today in order for us to come out and give you an on site assessment and estimate.  You cannot afford to take any chances with your business.  Let us help protect you today!

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!

Overlooking the small things

Dont do it!

In the grand scheme of a substantially sized project it is easy to overlook and/or just plain out ignore the smaller tasked performed. Normally these tasks are on a ‘to do’ list but usually somewhere at the bottom, somewhere between ‘Opening Day’ and ‘Holy Smokes, we forgot!’

You’ve had your concrete guys pour and set your curb-lines and the pavers have laid the asphalt; you’re done! That’s the norm, in an effort to change thinking a little, consider this. Waiting until the    weeks before opening day is going to significantly impact on your budget. A kick in the wallet when you’re crushing down the home stretch is a good way to ruin a day or week. Early maintenance is key!

Once the lots are opened, it is crucial to maintain the cleanliness of them. Having them maintained early on reduces the cost of power washing and flooding the construction debris off and reduces labor and sweeping cost too.

This customer decided to act sooner than later and had us come out to their property to clean the grounds. Although the project was well on its way and the entire clean up took about 16 hours, it is now up to a manageable level. Going forward, each subsequent service will be substantially less in cost and labor time. The gallery below highlights only one of the lots that surrounds a million+ sq ft warehouse.

Crack Filling, Sealcoating, & Re-Striping. Oh My!

It is true that any parking lot and parking structure should have an active professional sweeping service and scheduled sweeps in order to keep their pristine appearance, however, asphalt and parking lot maintenance has another aspect to it as well.  Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. works hand in hand with our sister company Atlanta Sealcoating to ensure that all of your lot needs are met.

As we have talked about before, being proactive, rather than reactive is the best rule when it comes to maintaining your parking lot and parking structures.  Routine cleaning and sweeping services help you do just that, but there are going to be other issues that will arise, such as cracks, potholes and asphalt areas that need patched and repaired.  Don’t worry, we have you covered here too!

Crack Filling

Over time, your asphalt shifts and the pressure and friction of cars on the surface will lead to various types of cracks that not only look bad, but can potentially cause extreme damage to the underlayment and foundation of your asphalt.  Crack filling is essential for long term protection of your parking lot surfaces, as well as your customers.  In order for crack filling to be its most beneficial, it is best done at the proper weather conditions, which are typically warmer and drier times of the year.  As spring is approaching, it is the perfect time to get an assessment on the cracks your property is experiencing in order to schedule a time for them to be properly crack filled to prevent any further damage to your property.

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Sealcoating

After you’ve had the cracks on your lot filled, you will more than likely want to follow up with a proper sealcoating application.  Not only will sealcoating your lot blend in the areas you had crack filled, but it will also help to restore your asphalt surface to its proper condition.  Sealcoating gives your asphalt surfaces a fresh, clean and uniform appearance.  It also helps protect against harmful effects of heat, water, ice, cold, oils, and gas.  Sealcoating your lot after you’ve made repairs, such as crack filling, will help to extend the life of your parking lot surface.  Sealcoating will also save you a huge amount of money.  After the price of asphalt doubled in 2008, it skyrocketed in 2014!  Sealcoating helps you to not have to pay for new asphalt.  The cost of sealcoating your property is far less than having to replace the asphalt by far.  Sealcoating will also give your lot a like-new look and be much more welcoming and inviting for your customers and clients, ensuring your business doesn’t suffer because of the disrepair of your parking lot.

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Re-Striping

After you’ve had your lot repaired and sealcoated, you will need to have it re-striped.  Sometimes re-striping is actually needed without having repairs or sealcoating, just because over time the paint fades and the lot is no longer up to standards and clearly marked.  Having a clearly lined and marked parking lot can help reduce accidents on your property and again makes your lot look like new and is more welcoming to customers.  More than curb appeal and straight parking space lines, re-striping also serves a very important role in making sure that your property is up to code and meets all legal measurements and requirements for parking lots and structures.  Each space has a legally defined length or width requirement and the American’s with Disabilities Act laws specify how many specially marked handicap spaces your particular lot requires.  Atlanta Sealcoating is well aware of all federal, state and local requirements for parking lot spaces and with our keen attention to detail, you can be assured that your lot will be re-striped to the highest standards.

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Community-Wide Pride Starts In The Streets

We’ve all heard that “home is where the heart is”.  Home is also the best reflection of each of us.  People take great time in cleaning and repairing and protecting where they live to show their sense of pride in the places they call home.  More and more, townships and municipalities are giving their residents a bigger sense of print in their homes by starting and implementing initiatives for their cities, towns, and counties.  These plans are specifically including street sweeping initiatives.

Elgin Broom Badger Photo credit Elgin Sweepers

Elgin Broom Badger
Photo credit Elgin Sweepers

In order for municipalities to do more for their residents and to stay within their limited and strict budgetary guidelines, street superintendents are finding that by contracting the street sweeping with reliable street sweeping companies like Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc., they are able to offer their citizens a clean place to be proud to live in, as well as being able to stretch their limited budgets and do more than they ever imagined possible.

Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. understands the great challenge that face street superintendents and municipalities throughout Georgia.  With the rising costs of everything these days, and the lower tax revenues, townships are finding their hands seemed tied.  They want to do more, but seem to have fewer and fewer funds to do these things with.  Well, Watt is the way!  With our years of specialized service and experience, we can help municipalities achieve the pristine image they seek for their community and make every last dollar spent to do so worth the investment.

Helping your communities and towns look their best is not the sole focus at Watt, as we know it is not your only focus when implementing these street sweeping programs, either.  Let Watt attack the dust and debris and pollutants of your streets that pose risk to your town’s citizens.  Not only does dust and debris threaten the air quality of your municipality, but there is also a great risk that these pollutants pose to your storm run off and therefore your city’s drinking water supply.  We know how important it is and have the proper equipment and experience to help lower the risks posed to your community.

We at Watt not only want your streets to look their very best, but we want to help the air and water quality for your citizens as well.  With many municipalities forced to comply with local, state, and federal environmental regulations, Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. can help street superintendents and municipalities adopt a cost-effective street sweeping initiative that will keep your community in compliance with set regulations and avoid the costly fees and penalties that accompany non-compliance.

Let Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. help you to infuse a sense of pride in your community with cleaner streets, roads, highways, and with better air and drinking water quality today!  Let our experienced team help your commitment to the environment and to your community, all while keeping your budget in check.  The payoffs of a community street sweeping program far outweigh the initial costs.

Elgin Broom Badger Photo Credit Elgin Sweepers

Elgin Broom Badger
Photo Credit Elgin Sweepers

Call Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. today so that we can show you exactly how we can allow you to offer your community the very best that there is to offer!  Pride starts where we live.  It is only with a strong commitment and great pride that Watt Commercial provides the very best services to each and every single one of our customers, including the fact that we offer the best solutions for municipalities, cities and counties throughout Georgia.  We are a locally owned and operated company.  Keeping Georgia clean is something we love to help communities do and we have the proper equipment and experience to do it the proper way.  Give your town the very best with Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc.

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!

Promoting A Safe Environment for Your Customers with Parking Lot Sweeping

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.