Over Performing Storm

“…Over performing storm…” is how Atlanta radio meteorologist, Kirk Mellish, described the storm that unexpectedly provided the Atlanta metro area with snowy and icy conditions.

Once the roads are cleared for safe travel and your lots or roads are covered with slush, salt and/or pea gravel, let us do the heavy lifting. Give us a call and we’ll take care of your emergency sweeping needs.

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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.

Routine maintenance and major overhaul!

Having a sweeping company service your property is good. Having a sweeping company that regularly maintains it’s equipment is better. 

With a full scale shop, Watt Commercial Sweeping has the tools and experience to ensure that the entire fleet receives regular maintenance. Having this know-how and this capacity also allows for major overhauls and preventative service too. A regularly maintained fleet is beneficial to you as a customer because it means consistent service as agreed upon, no fluid spills/drips throughout your lot, and fewer breakdowns leaving you with an eyesore on your lot waiting to be towed.

At WCS, we invest in our fleet! 

Unit 301 receives a full conveyor belt and roller assembly overhaul

We regularly replace wear items, conduct daily inspections, perform regular maintenance & preventative maintenance and also major overhauls. These practices allow for optimal equipment performance during  services and maintaining lower footprint on the environment. 

Have your properties taken care of by a well equipped and maintained fleet. Call us today for a free quote today!

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.

Atlanta Sealcoating Allows Watt Commercial to Meet ALL of Your Asphalt and Property Maintenance Needs!

Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. has worked hard in the Atlanta Metro Area and throughout Georgia to build and maintain our outstanding and dependable reputation when it comes to any commercial sweeping needs of many types of businesses.  What some may not be aware of is that Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. has a sister company, Atlanta Sealcoating, Inc.  Atlanta Sealcoating, Inc. has been working in tandem with Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. since the company’s inception, which means that not only is Watt the premier choice for all of your sweeping and lot maintenance needs as far as keeping up a tidy, trash free property, but also, that through Atlanta Sealcoating, Inc., we can offer you the best trained pavers for all of you asphalt repairs and asphalt maintenance needs as well.

Atlanta Sealcoating, Inc. works on asphalt jobs of all sizes.  No job is too small or too big. unnamed-3 Not only do we specialize in asphalt maintenance, repair, sealcoating, striping, stenciling and filling potholes for commercial properties, but for residential properties as well.  With a well-established, reputable and dependable company such as Atlanta Sealcoating, Inc. you can be assured that any asphalt work we do will be done with a professionalism and keen eye for detail that will optimize your asphalt project, making it, not only aesthetically pleasing, but also increase the curb appeal and safety of your residence or business.  Asphalt projects completed by Atlanta Sealcoating, Inc. will provide you with the best end results and be of the upmost quality with a long-lasting and durable finish.

With the very best, most professional and highly trained specialists in the area, Atlanta Sealcoating, Inc. can take on your asphalt project with ease–be it a driveway sealcoating job, or a complete asphalt repair and overhaul, Atlanta Sealcoating, Inc. will handle your job from start to finish, on time, and within the promised budget.  With courteous staff and a flexible schedule to work around when you need the job done, Atlanta Sealcoating, Inc. is THE place to turn for any asphalt maintenance or repair needs you may have now, or in the future.  Competitive pricing and impeccable, consistent work will make Atlanta Sealcoating, Inc. you premier choice for asphalt needs, just like Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. has become Atlanta’s premier choice for commercial, retail and municipality sweeping.

Be sure to call Atlanta Sealcoating, Inc. today for an onsite evaluation and estimate so that we can make you look your best right away!atlSeal logo sm

Can your Business Afford to NOT have Watt Commercial Sweeping?

As the budgets for businesses seem to get tighter and tighter, there are areas where it seems they can “trim the fat” and save a few dollars.  Often, since the expense is often seen as “cosmetic” or “aesthetically beneficial only”, businesses and property management companies are cutting routine parking lot sweeping programs from their budgets in order to save a few bucks.  Literally, what can a few bucks worth of “savings” end up costing you?  Well, here are some figures from some Georgia cases against businesses and property management companies from lawsuit settlements in recent years:  $200,000 for a broken ankle; $840,000 for a parking lot injury; $340,000 for a twisted ankle; $200,000 for a parking lot fall in an apartment complex parking lot while visiting a friend; $90,000 for parking lot slip and fall on wet debris.  In each of the cases mentioned, it was found that the injuries each person experienced were owed due to the fact that in Georgia, not only are businesses responsible for Personal Injury Liability injuries that may occur inside a facility when a patron may fall due to an unmarked hazard or from a falling product from the shelf of the merchant, but Georgia also has Premises Liability Laws, which leaves any property or business owner responsible for injuries that may occur before someone ever even enters your property or business.  Keeping the premises of your property or business is crucial to protect yourself from these costly claims that could be prevented from simply insuring a clean and debris free parking area for patrons by keeping or developing a routine sweeping maintenance program with Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. today.  When determining where you can “trim the fat” in your budget, parking lot sweeping may seem as an expense that can be eliminated for being simply “cosmetic”, when in fact, Georgia Premises Liability Laws are found to often be easier for the injured party to recover monetary damage settlements and verdicts for than even Personal Injury Liability cases.  Don’t be fooled!  Yes, Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc.  will leave your property or business parking areas looking clean, safe and aesthetically pleasing to your patrons, but the services we provide go far beyond simply making your property look “pretty”.  Our services help to protect patrons from injuries that they may get BEFORE they ever even enter any building or business that is located on your property!  If you find yourself asking where you can cut costs in your budget, trust us, sweeping services provided by Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. is NOT an expense to cut.  When you’re looking at only a few dollars per day or per month over the course of a year compared to TENS or HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of dollars awarded each year in Premises Liability Cases, as a property or business owner, it simply is NOT a risk or gamble worth taking!  Never cut out the professional services of Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc.  Our years of experience will not only keep your property looking sparkly clean, but will also reduce your liability and responsibility in cases that could arise from injuries occurring on your premises.  Another benefit to using Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc. for your property or parking area maintenance provider is that we have a sister company, Atlanta Sealcoating, that can easily fix any cracks, bumps, or even improperly or unpainted hazards in your asphalt on your property or at your business location.  Something as simple as not having your speed bumps or handicap accessible ramp areas painted properly can leave you at risk of liability cases that could result in the same costly cases mentioned above, as parking lots conditions, as well as parking lot areas being properly marked and painted also fall under the Premises Liability Laws of Georgia.  So, what are you waiting for?  If you still have not set up a regular or even on-call sweeping program with Watt Commercial Sweeping, Inc.  you should give us a call today to arrange to have an onsite, professional assessment of your property of business!