Neglect of parking lot maintenance can have huge consequences.
Facility and property managers are busy people, so parking lot cleaning may not be on the top of the daily to-do list. This can create a negative impression for the entire property, as the parking lot casts the first impression of a property. If it’s dirty and unkempt, its create negative feedback that could affect the building and managers reputation.
A regularly maintained lot helps a property by increasing curb appeal and help prolong the life of the surface. It also saves money from expensive repair bills on the property.
The Nitty Gritty about Parking Lots
Dirty parking lots can be a hazard, as sand, gravel and other pollutants regularly collect on the surface. This debris can cause accidents to both vehicles and pedestrians, and the owners and managers can be held liable.
Another threat is salt and sand that is used to melt snow and ice during winter seasons. This can hide and wear away pavement markings, creating visibility hazards. When the wind picks up, excess dust creates health threats for those with allergies. Various debris can even cause slip and fall injuries to pedestrians. As vehicles constantly drive over the surface, fine dirt and sand slowly grind the pavement, creating quick deterioration of pavement and sealing agents. A filthy area can attract unwanted pests like rodents, which can also be a health threat.
Parkade Garages- The Filth & Fury.
Parkades face the same filthy issues and then some. They usually have poor ventilation with stale, stagnant air. Odours from garbage, cigarette butts, urine, oil leaks, and rainwater, takes a long to evaporate completely. Dirty water sits in floor drains and catch basins, and creates musty smells. Parkades aren’t exposed to the elements, so rain doesn’t wash away salt residue. As salt corrodes steel, it eats away the foundation of parking garages, namely rebar. It also destroys membrane systems that are supposed to protect against water elevations.
What to do about it…
The best value and protection is to have a set program for regular maintenance.
This means regular power sweeping of parking lots. A power sweeping machine with advanced brushes sweeps the pavement and removes all unwanted debris from the property. Twice a year is a recommendation for maximum value, the minimum being once a year.
For parkades, a recommended plan is power sweeping, pressure washing, and power scrubbing. After a power sweeping, a thorough pressure washing session removes the bulk of the debris- like salts, compressed dirt piles and fluid stains from vehicles. This leaves the garage floor sparkling. This allows oil stains and heavily soiled areas to loosen, providing an even better cleaning process. Parkades should be pressure washed once at least once a year, usually in the late winter/spring, to thoroughly clean and maintain the structures integrity. Twice a year is the recommended course of action for most parkades.