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.

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Construction Sweeping [Photos]

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

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

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

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

After the ‘Martini Shot’

Over the last decade Georgia has positioned itself to become a hotspot for production companies to come and film scenes, series and even entire movies in and around the Atlanta Metro area.  Fast & Furious 7, Anchorman 2, Drop Dead Diva, Joyful Noise, The Originals and The Walking Dead are but a few projects that have taken place in Georgia.  It seems the industry has grown fond of the south and is here to stay and it is great news for our company. We have been hired to provide post production clean-up on several occasions.  From recreations of circa 1800’s dirt roads to action sequences, we have been able to do our part in restoring and cleaning multiple set locations.

At week’s end we received another such call. The production crew tasked with filming the up-coming sequel to the 2014 comedic duo movie was in need of sweeping services following scenes that featured pyrotechnic explosions that ripped a car to pieces. The remnants were shrapnel, glass and other car parts. For this type of general cleaning we used a mechanical/brush sweeper to sweep the road and to clean the sidewalks, curb lines and other nooks and crannies we used a regenerative air sweeper, or ‘vacuum’ style unit. Upon completion, what was left was an area that was ready to be “returned” to the city, undoubtedly, cleaner than when filming began.

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Picking up an extra shift pays dividends to one of our employees as the always funny Kevin Hart was gracious enough to take a few seconds to greet him and without doubt make his day.

Taking a selfie with Kevin Hart [photo courtesy of Jose Magdaleno]

Being star-struck and selfies aside, we are humbled by the opportunity to once again provide our services to another production team and look forward to further business with them and others alike. For indoor or outdoor set and location sweeping services, contact us!

Parking Decks & Garages

Don’t let the title and description of parking lot sweepers fool you! We are  not limited to just surface level lots. We have professionally modified trucks that are low enough to drive into any parking deck or garage in Atlanta. Low hanging plumbing, tight spaces and any other obstacle is easily overcome by us with our multiple options for equipment. In the rare event that it’s just too close for comfort, we can use our warehouse and garage Tennant sweeper/scrubber. 

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Give us a call today to service your property after a free estimate!

Parking lot cleaning VS parking lot sweeping

What’s the difference between Watt Commercial Sweeping and any other sweeping outfit? Nothing, right? Trucks are the same, work the same way, anybody can run one…. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Although we do have units that others may also operate and the act of sweeping, itself, doesn’t vary much, what we have that others don’t is what sets us apart from the rest. To point out these qualities is not to speak poorly of others but more so to emphasize how we strive to be better for our existing and future customers.

We aim to have 100% consistency.  Not including justifiable failures, we deliver services as scheduled, whether it is routine service or on call service.  There is no need to wonder if the service promised is done. Not only will it be clearly noticeable by the way the property maintains it’s cleanliness but if there were any doubt, we can provide route verification via hard copies and third-party GPS tracking.  Each unit has a vehicle monitoring system that allows is to verify location, speed, productivity and execution.
Attention to detail is the biggest differentiating factor.  We are not satisfied with a lot that ‘looks clean’. We never arrive at any of our customer’s properties and leave without servicing, having deemed it ‘clean’. With our regularly maintained and replaced backpack blowers we move through each and every parking lot and extract dirt and accumulation from all curb lines, building perimeters, nooks, crevices and areas our sweepers are unable to drive into. Our regenerative air systems blast airflow down on the surface breaking loose build-up and in the same motion redirecting it up the chute and into the hopper. We thoroughly sweep the entire property leaving it cleaner than first appeared.
Eliminating the ‘Figure 8’. Undoubtedly, everyone has seen the late night sweeping unit doing figure 8 maneuvers and practically doing donuts  to chase down litter.  Although it is clear to spectators, the operator, while focused on the litter, fails to see how reckless he/she is being. We have eliminated this by training our drivers to use the truck and the direction in which it moves air supply. Keeping litter to the side of which the air is moving we maintain straight lines with fewer turns, constantly closing in on the litter.  Much like you’d move your lawn, slowly moving towards the center.  Together with the detailing blowers, this practice allows us to cover every square inch of the property while maintaining a safe distance from all stationary objects and vehicles parked within the lot.
Our employees are top-notch! Each and every employee is dedicated and committed to performing their duties proficiently and proudly. They too understand that every customer is as important despite the size of the property.  Without our employees we would not be able to offer the quality service we provide.

During every route our goal is to arrive at each property and clean it. We never arrive to simply sweep; moving rapidly through each lot, working anxiously to chase down only the visible litter so as to quickly finish and move on to the next lot. No, we come in to each property to service it-clean it; whether the service agreement calls for it or not, we detail with our blowers, remove visible litter from landscapes, clean off property and business entrances and exits. Our attention to detail is second to none.  When leaving your property there will always be, a guaranteed, cleaner parking lot. The implemented guidelines for servicing collectively provide the difference between our cleaning service and the other company’s  sweeping service.

To schedule a free estimate or to schedule a service contact us today!