Sweeping would seem to be a basic operation that is as simple as driving a truck across pavement. Best practices for management as well as environmental concerns dictate that sweeping be performed for a variety of reasons which include:
- Improving aesthetics – increasing professionalism
- Asset Management – increasing longevity of your surface
- Minimizing pollutants – reducing stormwater runoff and air born particulate
- Risk Management – reducing slip and fall liability
In reality, different purposes and goals for the sweeping project will require different equipment as there are multiple types of sweepers to fulfill various needs. So how do you know what to look for when you are securing sweeping services? Several factors are considered when determining which type of sweeper is best use for a particular job. Some of those factors are:
- What is the material and density of the debris?
- Is the material compacted or loose?
- What is the volume of material?
- What is the measure of performance?
- What are the time frame and time constraints?
- Is the surface being swept dry or wet?
When sourcing power sweeping services, there are many elements that will be considered in the quotation process. Some of the considerations may be management related such as does the contractor have a good reputation or does the contractor carry adequate insurance? Other factors will involve the expectation for the service itself which include:
- How frequent does the area need swept?
- What is the layout or obstacles?
- Is there a time limit?
- Is there on site dumping?
The contractor that you select needs to be a professional in the industry who will protect your interests, as the client, by insuring that solid business practices are followed. NAPSA’s Certified Sweeping Contractor designation can help to qualify industry professionals. The CSC designation means that the contractor is committed to best practices and ethical standards. The application process for the CSC includes safety, experience, continuing education, vehicle maintenance, driving training and ethical standards. Be sure to ask your service provider if they are a NAPSA Certified Sweeping Company.
The final key to addressing this valuable service is to know where to find a professional sweeping service. The North American Power Sweeping Association is the source for professionals in the power sweeping industry. NAPSA’s Contractor Locator is the “go-to” tool for the industry. Located on the NAPSA website at www.powersweeping.org this resource can guide you to professional sweeping services in your community.
If you are looking for a contractor in your area or need more information on this industry please call 888-757-0130 or email to [email protected] .
The North American Power Sweeping Association (NAPSA) is a nonprofit association made up of 300+ contract sweepers, service providers and sweeping equipment dealers, manufacturers and suppliers. NAPSA is dedicated to providing beneficial support to the membership and enhancing services to the sweeping industry.
The members of NAPSA are committed to promoting and educating the power sweeping community while enhancing the environment. For more information on NAPSA membership, please visit www.powersweeping.org or call (888) 757-0130.