When done correctly, routine street sweeping is the most efficient and cost effective BMP used to keep a construction site in compliance and aesthetically pleasing to potential customers. However like with most services on a construction site, site prep and timing can be the difference between a successful sweep and an “I don’t think your guys showed up last night” sweep. Here are a few things to keep in mind when scheduling and prepping your site for a street sweeping service.
Site Access– Probably the most forgotten thing to mention when scheduling your sweep is the fact that there is a gate or locked construction fence at the entrance of your site. Always make sure your street sweeper is given the access codes to your site as well as updating your street sweeper when the codes have been changed.
Construction Traffic– Managing construction traffic is never an easy task on a busy construction site. Be prepared to direct vendor traffic or post no parking signs in areas with heavy sediment to give the sweeper full access of the street. A better option would be to hire a sweeping company like USA Services of Florida that sweeps after construction hours to prevent the issue altogether.
Standing Water– Standing water is a sweeper’s worst nightmare because of the smear or film left behind when swept. It gives the impression the street is not clean when in fact the sediment was removed but the water marks remain. To prevent this situation there are a few things to pay attention to. First is obviously the weather. If you know there is a significant amount of rain heading your way today, then today isn’t probably the best day to schedule a sweep. Also make sure your inlet protection isn’t clogged causing the smallest amount of water to sit. The most overlooked cause is irrigation. Make sure not to schedule your sweep the same night the irrigation is scheduled to turn on.
Heavy Washouts– Having heavy washouts scraped prior to your site being swept will not only give you a cleaner street but also significantly cut your cost. There is no point in having a sweeper spend 15 minutes on a pile of dirt that a bucket can clear in one scoop.
Site Map– Giving your sweeper accurate information on where you need swept is by far the most important information. The initial sweep in never an issue but updating as construction continues always tends to slip the mind. We always recommend giving your sweeper an updated site map every month. Make sure to include concrete washout areas, construction trailers, and where you would like to have the sediment dumped on your site.
If you have any questions about properly preparing your site for a street sweeper, please contact us.