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.

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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!

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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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.

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.

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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