The Benefits of Keeping Your Community Roads Clean

Keep your roads clean

Keeping your community clean and well-kept can sometimes feel like fighting a losing battle. It can be expensive and time-consuming, and it can take an exhausting amount of commitment. But in the end, keeping your community roads in good condition can be as simple as keeping them swept, and it will be well worth the time, energy, and money.

Increased Property Value

In real estate, appearance is everything. When people are in the market for a new home, the first thing they want to see is that their potential new neighbors care about where they live. Prospective homeowners will be attracted to a community with clean streets and sidewalks because they reflect well on the community leaders, management, and citizens of the neighborhood.

In addition, clean streets will attract customers to businesses. No one wants to shop in a downtown where the streets are littered with trash! Cleanliness is a sign of success, a sign that what businesses have to offer is worth their time and money. Exterior appearances are just as important as interior aesthetics, and both businesses and residential areas would do well to keep their streets clean and presentable.

Safety

Not only does street sweeping improve the aesthetics of your neighborhood, but it reduces the risk of accidents. Clearing the streets of debris will minimize slip and fall accidents as well as protecting people from dangerous garbage like rusty nails and broken glass.

Wear and Tear

Street sweeping will pay for itself in the long run. Removing dirt, grit, and debris from the streets will keep them in better condition longer. Grit, sand, and some trash is abrasive, and having it ground into the streets and sidewalks will reduce their life span.

Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater runoff is fast becoming a major environmental issue. Stormwater runoff is any precipitation that does soak into the ground or evaporate, or all the water that runs into the gutters and drains on the streets and pools in potholes. It can be a serious source of pollution, and studies have shown that sweeping the streets on a regular basis will minimize that pollution hazard significantly.

So, how can simple rainwater be a pollution? It’s not the rain itself that is the problem, but what integrates with it on the ground. If there is debris, fertilizer, salt, loose gravel or grit, oil, or pet waste littering the street, the rainwater washes it all into the drains and sewers. If the roads are kept clean and swept, this pollution is reduced to the bare minimum.

For more information about keeping your streets clean, contact USA Services.