Asphalt & Concrete Sealers and Striping in the Northwest
By: Whirlwind Clean & Green Team ~
In the Northwest pavement will develop cracks eventually due to the rain and freezing temperatures, however, it is much easier to fix cracks when they first appear, than after they expand into a pothole or destroy your entire parking lot. Also, cracks and potholes allow water to reach the pavement's base which can weaken and destroy large sections quickly if not addressed. Without a stable foundation, the pavement can't support the weight of traffic, which frequently leads to alligator cracking. Asphalt repairs will involve the removal of the damaged asphalt and foundation repairs.
Sealcoating and crack filling your pavement is one of the best things you can do for it to increase the longevity. Sealants can double the pavement’s life, and as an added bonus, they can drastically improve its appearance. Sealcoating can be done from spring to fall, although it is best in the summer as temperatures need to be above 50 degrees with no rain and the UV rays help to cure the sealant faster. Most asphalt pavements need to have sealcoating applied every 18 to 42 months, but your exact schedule will depend on factors such as the traffic your pavement receives and the preparation of your lot. Sealcoating protects from UV rays, oil leaks, and chemical deicers.
Asphalt also needs to be cleaned as the vehicles that drive on it leak fluids and these fluids can deteriorate asphalt pavement. Sealcoating does slow the penetrations of the fluids to help protect the pavement, but it is not 100% effective. Clogged storm drains or catch basins can force runoff back onto the pavement, which can cause surrounding pavement to deteriorate. If water cannot drain from your pavement, puddles can form, and standing water increases the risk of water penetration and foundation damage.
Sweeping with a regenerative air sweeper is the most environmentally friendly ways of maintaining large areas regularly and keeping the contaminates out of our local waterways. Cleaning the particulates up as they are scrubbed by tires will stop future deterioration and extend the life of your parking lot as well. Sweeping and pressure washing are easier and more effective the better the surfaces are maintained.
Restriping is necessary to comply with ADA compliance and striping can further increase the curb appeal and usability of your lot if maintained properly. Brightly painted curbing, parking stalls, pedestrian crossings, and other pavement stencils make your area both safer and more attractive. A great looking parking lot will continue to bring customers into your or your tenants business's year after year.
Whirlwind would like the opportunity to help you maintain your parking lot or garage, please call or email us today to set up an appointment for a free estimate.
Keep Your Construction Site Clean & Under Compliance!
By: Whirlwind Clean & Green Team ~
When you dig, dirt needs to stay on your job site and must not be tracked into the streets, your neighbors, or into the stormwater sewer system. Contractors have a responsibility to provide best management practices that minimize dirt and debris from leaving the site. Sweeping, pressure washing, and hydro excavation are some of the most demanding and important jobs necessary to keep construction sites clean and under compliance.
Construction vehicles track sediment from the job site onto paved roadways and streets. Consistent construction sweeping reduces liability caused by damage from loose rocks, dirt, and debris. Maintaining the cleanliness of your building job site not only keeps your crew working at maximum efficiency, but regularly scheduled sweeping also promotes good standing with your community, neighbors, and local and regional inspectors.
Pressure washing your site, especially after construction is complete is pertinent in keeping your equipment running smoothly and to present a nice and clean completed project. Construction equipment gets filthy with all the grease and grime that pile up. The filth can compromise the equipment's operability and leaks and broken parts can be discovered easily after pressure washing. Dirt, oil, and paint drips are common on construction sites, professional pressure washing can blast away this filth quickly and efficiently.
Hydroexcavating with a vactor truck is a much safer way to work around pipes than normal digging. Having a pipe break causes more work for you and may harm those around that may have depended on that pipe for water or other services. Vactor trucks are also important in cleaning the site of oil, grease, and debris.
We want to keep your site clean, the dust down, and the inspectors happy. Contact Whirlwind Clean & Green today to get a free estimate on all things construction related.